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Melanie Brender
Melanie Brender

RS Junior

Sterling Heights, Mich.

High School:
Utica Stevenson


2013 Spring Academic All-Big Ten Selections Announced

MSU had 113 student-athletes recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.


Michigan State Cross Country Hosts Big Ten Championships

Women compete for third straight Big Ten title


Cross Country Concludes Regular Season at EMU Fall Classic

Brender leads MSU with fifth-place finish


Season Preview: Women's Squad

Part four of our four-part preview of the 2012 MSU Cross Country team.

Ran a season-best 6k at the Big Ten Championships and placed 35th with a time of 21:53.40... Placed 17th at the Spartan Invitational with a 6k time of 24:47... Academic All-Big Ten.

Ran a time of 19:58.69 at the Jeff Drenth Memorial, placing 28th ... Competed at the Spartan Invitational with a time of 22:50 for 67th place...Recorded a season-best time 18:08.50 for 116th overall at the Louisville Classic ... Ran at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational with a time of 22:10 to finish 44th ... Placed fifth overall at the EMU Fall Classic with a time of 18:16.30 ... Academic All-Big Ten Selection ... Named Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

Competed unattached at the Jeff Drenth Memorial, placing 16th with a time of 19:40.44 ... Finished the Spartan Invitational 88th in a time of 23:07 ... Placed 29th at the Michigan Intercollegiate Championships ... Competed unattached at the Eastern Michigan Fall Classic, finishing 19th in a time of 18:59.12 ... Academic All-Big Ten Selection ... All-Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

Ran unattached at the Jeff Drenth Memorial and the EMU Fall Classic ... Posted a time of at 19:58.1 at the Jeff Drenth and 19:36.7 at EMU ... Also clocked a 24.46 mark at the Spartan Invitational.

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 ... Majoring in social relations and policy.


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