2007 - Junior: Ran a 21:50 at the Big Ten Championships, placing 55th overall ... Came in second for Illinois at the Pre-National open race, clocking a 6K time of 22:12 ... Placed eighth at the Notre Dame Invite open race with a time of 18:20 ... Finished seventh for the team at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships, running a 18:28.
2006 - Sophomore: Finished seventh for Illinois at the Notre Dame Invite with a time of 18:22 ... Ran a 6K time of 22:10 at the Brissman-Lundeen Invite ... Second scorer for Illinois at the Illini Challenge, clocking a time of 18:27.
2005 - Freshman: Posted a 6K personal best of 21:40 at the NCAA Championships . . . Fifth scorer for the Illini at the NCAA Midwest Regional with 22:01 . . . Finished in 22:49.54 at the Big Ten Championships . . . Posted a finish of 21.47.2 at Pre-Nationals . . . Set a new 5k personal best of 18:10 at the Notre Dame Invite.
Was a four-time All-American in track ... Lead her Clarkston High School team to the Michigan cross country state championship in 2003 and 2004 ... Helped indoor track team to the national title in 2004 ... Member of the 2005 state champion and state record holding 4x800m relay team ... All-Region selection for four years in track and cross country as well as a four-time All-County choice ... All-State honoree in cross country for four years and in track for three ... All-league pick three years in cross country ... Captain of track and cross country teams as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Earned four varsity letters in track and four in cross country ... Best times include 400m-58.9. 800m- 2:12 (relay split), 1,600m 4:52 and 5,000m-18:12.
Full name is Elizabeth Jennifer Mengyan ... Goes by Liz ... Nickname is Lizzy ... Daughter of Christine Mengyan ... Her biggest thrill in sports is succeeding as a team ... Her high school coach, Jamie LaBrosse most influenced her athletic career ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.