Women's Cross Country, Track & Field

Melissa Schmidt
Melissa Schmidt


Hoffman Estates, Ill.

High School:
Hoffman Estates

XC - Distance


I/O Eligibility:


Cross Country
2012 XC - Sophomore
Did not compete.

2010 XC - Freshman
Made Illini debut at the Sycamore Pride Invitational, placing fourth overall and first among freshmen with a 5K time of 19:01.3 ... Finished 58th overall at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships with a 5K time of 19:18 ... Placed seventh for the Illini and 115th overall at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational with a 6K time of 22:26.1 ... Placed seventh for the team at Pre-Nationals with a 6K time of 23:02.7, becoming the first freshman to run in Pre-Nationals since Kristin Sutherland in 2008 ... Finished second on the team and third overall at the Illini Open with a 5K time of 18:44, cutting more than 45 seconds off her 5K time ... Ran a 6K personal-best time of 21:53.3 at the Big Ten Championships, placing sixth for the Illini ... Placed sixth on the team at the NCAA Midwest Regionals with a time of 22:01.44.

2012 Track and Field
Outdoor: Did not compete.

2011 Track and Field
Outdoor: Did not compete.

Indoor: Recorded her personal-best in the 3,000m with a 10:10.75 at EIU Friday Night Special, placing first ... Recorded her personal-best in the 5,000m with 18:03.25 at Tyson Invitational ... Participated in the 3,000m at the Big Ten Championships.

High School
Earned All-State honors in cross country in 2008 after placing 18th at the Illinois state meet ... Also was named all-regional and all-sectional after taking the runner-up spots at both cross country meets in 2008 ... Was a state qualifier in the 1,600m and 3,200m in 2009 and 2010 ... Qualified for the 3,200m relay at the 2009 Nike indoor national meet ... Won the 3,200m conference and sectional title during 2010 ... Earned two varsity letters in both cross country and track ... Was named her high school's Female Athlete of the Year as a senior.

Full name is Melissa Brianne Schmidt ... Daughter of Dale and Laura Schmidt ... Born March 20, 1992 ... Has two sisters, Danee and Rianna ... Hobbies include shopping, being with friends, swimming and reading ... Majoring in elementary education.

Schmidt's Personal Bests
Cross Country
5K: 18:14 - Illini Open (10/22/10)
6K: 21:53.3 - Big Ten Championships (10/31/10)

Mile: 5:21.92 - Illini Open (1/14/12)
3,000m: 10:10.75 - EIU Friday Night Special (2/18/11)
5,000m: 18:03.25 - Tyson Invitational (2/11/11)

Updated November 2012