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Melanie Brender
Melanie  Brender

RS Senior

Sterling Heights, Mich.

High School:
Utica Stevenson



2015 Spring Academic All-Big Ten Honorees Announced

One-hundred and eight Spartans recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.


Cynthia Watt Wins Hammer Throw Title On Day One Of Big Ten Championships

MSU women in the lead with 26 points after first day; Cynthia Watt, Vinny Gjokaj set hammer throw records


USTFCCCA Announces Division I All-Academic Student-Athletes

Coaches association recognizes 13 track & field athletes.


2014 Spring Academic All-Big Ten Selections Announced

MSU had 104 student-athletes recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.


Otwell Wins Bronze on Day One of Big Ten Championships

Julia Otwell races to a bronze-medal win in the 10,000-meter on Friday night at Purdue.

Collegiate Bests
• 1,500m - 4:50.78
• 3,000m - 9:42.63

• 5,000m - 16:43.72
• 10,000m - 33:53.49

OUTDOOR: Won the 10,000m run at the Raeligh Relays (Mar. 27) with a PR of 33:53.49 ... Finished fourth in the 10,000-meter with a time of 34:26.01 at the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships

• NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifier
Academic All-Big Ten
OUTDOOR: Finished third in the 10k in 34:32.10 at the Raleigh Relays... Qualified for the NCAA East Regional in the 10k...
INDOOR: Competed in the 5k at the Meyo Invitational and finished eighth in a time of 17:02.05.

• NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifier
• Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
Academic All-Big Ten
OUTDOOR: Ran a season-best 16:45.43 in the 5,000m at the Raleigh Relays ... Posted a season-best 4:51.22 in the 1,500m at the Spartan Invitational ... Ran a 17:07.36 in the 5,000m at the Jesse Owens Classic ... Placed second in the 10,000m at the Hillsdale College GINA Relays ... Competed in the 10,000m in the Big Ten Outdoor Conference Championships, posting a time of 35.51.34 ... Ran a 36.13.03 in the 10,000m preliminaries at the NCAA East Preliminary Round.
INDOOR: Clocked a season-best time of 16:59.48 in the 5,000 meter run at the Big Ten Indoor Championships ... Placed 16th in the 5,000 meter run at the GVSU Big Meet in a time of 17:60.80.

•Academic All-Big Ten
Ran 17:02.7 in the 5,000-meter run at the Hillsdale Gina Relays...Ran 36:30.41 at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championship to place 17th overall...Posted a time of 4:50.78 in the 1,500-meter to finish 23rd at the Spartan Invite.
Placed first in the 3,000-meter at the Indiana Invitational with a time of 9:55.9... Posted a time of 10:01.64 in the 3,000-meter at the GVSU Big Meet...Ran 9:57.4 for 24th-place in the 3,000-meter run at the 2012 Big Ten Indoor Championship.

OUTDOOR: Did not compete.
INDOOR: Did not compete.

High School:
Lettered in both cross country and track all four years for head coach Kevin Hanson ... All-conference honoree for three years in a row starting in 2007 ... Second-team all-county freshman and sophomore years ... First-team all-district and all-county her junior year ... No. 1 in the county her senior year in the 3200m and top in the conference in the 1600m ... Second in the region in the 3200m her junior and senior years ... Honored as all-academic all-county from 2007-2009 and was number one academic all-county her senior year ... Placed 16th in the 3200m with a time of 11:18 and 34th in cross country in senior year at states ... Valedictorians her senior year ... Member of both the National Honors Society and German National Honors Society.

Born September 26, 1992 ... Daughter of Kevin and Kristen Brender ... Plans on double majoring in political science and communications.

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