Spartans head to Purdue University to compete against conference foes on May 16-18.
MSU looks to add more to the NCAA Regional qualifying list in preparation for Big Tens.
Spartans travel to the site of the Big Ten Championships for weekend competition.
Members of the team to compete at Drake Relays, GINA Relays and Ashland this weekend.
Big Ten steeplechase leader wins first outdoor weekly laurel of her career.
2008-09 - Senior:
OUTDOOR: National runner-up in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:40.49 at the NCAA Championships, earning her third All-America honor in the event ... NCAA National qualifier in the 3,000m steeplechase after winning the NCAA Mideast Regional with a Cardinal Park record time of 9:57.66 ... Won the Big Ten Championship in the steeplechase by nearly 17 seconds after running a Big Ten Championship meet-record 9:41.97 ... Placed second in the 5,000m run at the Big Ten Championships after running in 15:55.41 ... Her performance in both the 3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m run earned her First Team All-Big Ten honors ... Ran a personal-best time of 9:39.38 at the Stanford Jordan Payton Invitational, which at the time, was the fifth-fastest time ever run by a collegiate athlete and the second-fastest time in the world ... That time currently ranks 10th in the world and second amongst active collegiate athletes and sixth-fastest all time ... Finished the season ranked first in the Big Ten in the steeplechase (9:39.38), third in the 5,000m run (15:54.26) and seventh in the 1,500m run (4:23.11), regionally qualifying in all three events ... Was the only athlete in the Big Ten to rank amongst the league's top seven in three different track events ... Named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week on May 6 after running at the Stanford Payton Jordan Invitational.
CROSS COUNTRY: All-American after turning in a seventh-place finish with a time of 20:08, the second-best finish ever by a Spartan at the competition ... Named Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Great Lakes Regional Athlete of the Year ... Earned the Big Ten title after finishing the 6K trek in 20:15.18, nearly 12 seconds faster than the next closest competitor ... Was the Great Lakes Regional Champion after turning in a time of 20:48.45, helping her team to a third-place finish at the event ... Named Big Ten Athlete of the Week on Oct. 21 after placing sixth at Pre-Nationals 20:19.10.
2007-08 - Summer:
Narrowly missed qualifying for the Beijing Olympics in the 3,000m steeplechase after finishing fourth at the Olympic Trials ... Her time of 9:40.27 at the trials was just .1 seconds away from qualifying and was nearly nine seconds better than her school-record time, set at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Earned the gold medal at the North American, Central American and Caribbean American Athletic Associations (NACAC) Under 23 Championships in the 3,000m steeplechase.
2007-08 - Senior:
INDOOR: Named All-American and All-Big Ten in the 3,000m and 5,000m run ... Posted a school record in the 3,000m run at the ISU Classic with a 9:12.55 automatic NCAA Regional qualifying time ... Recorded a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 3,000m run with a time of 9:13.48 ... Competed in the 5,000m run at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a time of 16:03.27, placing fourth ... Finished first at the Notre Dame Invite in the one-mile run (4:44.74) and second in the 800m run (2:14.49) ... Earned second-place at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in the 3,000m run (9:18.98) and a third-place finish in the 5,000m run (16:00.25) ... Crossed the line at the Akron Quad with a time of 2:09.59 in the 800m run.
CROSS COUNTRY: Recorded the best finish in school history at the NCAA Championships (20:14), placing fifth earning All-America honors ... Named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) Division I Cross Country All-Region Team ... First team All-Big Ten selection ... Finished in the top-five in six of the seven meets that she competed in ... Placed first at the Spartan Invitational (20:39) ... Posted two second-place finishes at the Big Ten Championship (19:49) and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional (20:34).
2006-07 - Junior:
OUTDOOR: Named All-American, All-Regional, and All-Big Ten in the steeplechase ... Set the 3,000m steeplechase school record at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a time of 9:56.68 ... Finished second at the NCAA Mideast Regionals in the steeplechase (10:10.35) earning All-Big Ten honors ... Posted a 10:03.89 in the steeplechase at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships for a second-place finish ... Recorded first place finishes at the Colonial Relays in the 1,500m run (4:25.07), and at the Spartan Invitational in the steeplechase (10:41.50).
INDOOR: Finished third in the mile run at the Chippewa Open (4:57.64) ... Placed fourth at the Red Simmons Invitational (2:16.26) in the 800m run.
CROSS COUNTRY: Named to the NCAA all-region team ... Finished 24th at Pre-Nationals with a 20:4) ... Was 15th at the Big Ten Championships after clocking in at 18:38 ... Placed 12th at the Great Lakes Regional after finishing in 21:25.63 ... Finished 101st at the NCAA Championships with a time of 22:09.0.
2005-06 - Sophomore:
OUTDOOR: Placed fifth at the NCAA Championships in the steeplechase, earning All-America honors and setting a then school record with a time of 10:01.04 ... Placed third in the steeplechase with a time of 10:10.94 at the Big Ten Championships and finished fourth in the 5,000m run with a time of 16:11.21.
INDOOR: Placed second at the Iowa Classic in the 3,000m, clocking in at 9:25.44.
CROSS COUNTRY: Redshirted.
2004-05 - Freshman:
OUTDOOR: Won the 1,500m run at the MSU Invitational (4:34.55) ... Crossed the finish line 11th in the 1,500m run at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 4:35.50 ... Also ran in the 5,000m at the conference meet, placing 23rd with a time of 17:42.85.
INDOOR: Placed eighth in the mile run at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, clocking in at 4:56.95.
CROSS COUNTRY: Placed 34th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional with a season-best time of 21:10.8 ... Finished 36th at the Big Ten Championship after finishing in 22:24 ... Competed at the NCAA Championship, finishing 157th at 22:24.7.
High School: Four-year MVP and letterwinner and two-year captain in cross country and track ... Individual state champion in cross country (2000-02) ... Won four state championships in the 3,200m (2001-04) and three in the 1,600m (2001, 2003-04) and was runner-up in 2002 ... Set state cross country record as a freshman at the state finals ... Set state records in the 1,600m as a freshman, junior and senior, and in the 3,200m all four years of high school ... Graduated eighth in her class.
Daughter of Roxanne and Jim Talsma, and Ron and Carrie Bush ... A humanities major ... Born April 4, 1986.