2008: 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: 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: Named to the NCAA All-Region team ... Recorded a fourth-place finish at the 5K Jeff Drenth Memorial (17:52.4) ... Finished third at the Spartan Invitational (22:05) ... Posted a 41st-place performance at the Roy Griak Invitational (22:24.3) ... Finished 24th at the Pre-NCAA meet (20:47) ... Was 15th at the Big Ten Championships (18:38) ... Placed 12th at the Great Lakes Regional (21:25.63) ... Finished 101st at the NCAA Championships (22:09.0).
2004: Finished ninth overall and third among MSU runners at the Spartan Invitational (21:57) ... Placed 34th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional with a season-best time of 21:10.8 ... Finished 36th at the Big Ten Championships (22:24) ... Placed 54th at the Notre Dame Invitational (17:49) ... Was 94th at the Pre-NCAA meet (22:05.5) ... Competed at the NCAA Championships, finishing 157th (22:24.7).
High School: Four-year MVP and letterwinner and two-year captain in cross country and track ... Led team to Division III state championship in 2000 ... Individual state champion in cross country in 2000, 2001 and 2002 ... Won four state championships in the 3200m (2001-04) and three in the 1600m (2001, 2003-04, runner-up in 2002) ... Set state cross country record as a freshman at the state finals ... Set state records in the 1600m as a freshman, junior and senior, and in the 3200m all four years of high school ... Placed ninth at the Footlocker Midwest Regional Championship in 2002 ... Competed at the Adidas Outdoor Championships in 2004 in Raleigh, N.C., placing 13th in the two mile and 20th in the one mile ... Graduated eighth in class.
Personal: Daughter of Roxanne and Jim Talsma and Ron and Carrie Bush ... An interdisciplinary studies in humanities major ... Born April 4, 1986.
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