Melanie Townsend
Melanie Townsend
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
High School: Haileybury College
Position: Distance

Academic Notes: Majoring in microbiology.

Cross Country 2013: NAU's No. 1 runner but competed just twice due to injury... Finished third at the George Kyte Classic with a time of 17:12.4... Finished third at the Cowboy Jamboree with a time of 17:47.74

Cross Country 2012: Competed in four meets... Finished 19th at the Pac-12 Preview Elite Invite with a time of 18:23... Finished 196th at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational with a time of 21:21... Finished 27th at the Big Sky Championships with a time of 18:33.7... Finished 56th at the Mountain Region Championships with a time of 22:02.6.

High School: Competed in cross country and track and field at Haileybury College, from which she graduated in 2011 ... Helped her team to a silver medal at the World School Cross Country Championship in 2010 ... She took fifth in the Zatopek Classic's Under-20 Women's 3K race in 2010 ... Was the gold medalist in the U18 1,500-meter run at the 2010 All-Victoria Schools Championships in Australia.

Personal: Born February 22, 1993 in Mornington, Victoria, Australia to Nick and Kim Townsend ... Has one older sister, Jessica ... Enjoys going to the gym, doing pilates, and going to the beach in her spare time ... Chose NAU for the great training location, the altitude, and the great coaching ... She misses her dog while she is away from home ... Favorite animal is a frog