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Claudia Saunders
Position: Middle Distance
Other Position: Hurdles
Year: Junior
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
High School: Princeton
Saunders Photos

*Three-time All-American*

Career Bests (thru 2014 collegiate season):
800: 2:02.68
400: 56.2h
600: 1:30.82i
1,000: 2:51.52i
1,500: 4:22.70
100 hurdles: 14.29
400 hurdles: 1:00.32

Stanford Record Book
800: 3rd
Distance Medley Relay: 1st

At Stanford: The 2014 NCAA runner-up in the 800 ... Stanford's highest-ever women's finish in that event.

2014 Season: Outdoors - Finished second in the 800 at the NCAA Championships, earning the highest-ever finish by a Stanford woman in that event ... moved into second on the final lap behind teammate Amy Weissenbach, and was passed by winner Laura Roesler with 200 to go ... but finished with a strong finish to outdistance the rest of the field and finish in 2:02.92 to earn her first individual first-team All-America honor ... set a personal record of 2:02.68 in the NCAA semifinal to advance ... was second in her heat in Eugene, Ore. ... No. 3 on Stanford's all-time list ... placed fourth in the Pac-12 Championships in 2:08.89 ... had the 11th-best time (2:07.55) in the NCAA West Prelims and advanced to nationals on place ... opened outdoor season by winning the third section of the 1,500 at the Stanford Invitational, in a PR of 4:22.70 ... ran first outdoor 800 at the Payton Jordan Invitational, placing fourth in the second section in a then-PR of 2:03.44 ... ran legs on runner-up teams in the 4x1,500 and distance medley relays at the Penn Relays. Indoors - Earned first-team All-America honors by running the 800 leg on Stanford's second-place distance medley relay team at the NCAA Championships ... her split was 2:06.18 and she made the exchange in the lead ... qualified for the NCAA's as an individual in the 800, but chose to focus on the DMR ... placed second in the 800 at the MPSF Championships, running 2:05.19 ... ran the second-fastest indoor 800 in Stanford history when she clocked 2:05.07 to place fourth in the invite section of the Husky Classic in Feb. 15 ... beat All-America teammates Justine Fedronic and Amy Weissenbach in the race ... set a personal best in the 600 as well, finishing second in the 600 (1:30.82) ... ran the 800 leg (2:06.9 split) in the school record-setting distance medley relay, which won the Penn State National in 10:54.04.

2013 Season: Outdoors – Placed second in the USATF junior nationals, running a personal record 2:06.46 in Des Moines, Iowa … it was the fifth fastest time in Stanford freshmen history … showed outstanding improvement and national potential in her first season running the 800 ... placed 17th overall at the NCAA West Prelims in a personal best 2:06.96 … missed the finals at the Pac-12 Championships by one place ... was ninth overall at 2:10.01 ... third at the Big Meet in a then-PB of 2:08.60. Indoors - Earned second-team All-America honors as part of the 11th place distance medley relay team at the NCAA Championships (11:14.77) ... ran the third leg (800) on the MPSF runner-up team in the DMR ... placed ninth in the 800 at the MPSF Championships in a personal record 2:09.80 ... competed in six meets, running the 800 in five.

International: Placed sixth at the 2013 Pan Am Junior Championships in the 800 in Medellin, Colombia.

Cross Country: Ran in three meets in 2013, including the NCAA Championships as team's No. 6 runner (196th place).

High School: Outstanding athlete with state championships in cross country and in the 100-meter hurdles in track -- the first in Ohio history to ever accomplish that double ... had this amazing variety of quality personal records: 100 hurdles, 14.29; 300 hurdles, 42.54; 400, 56.1; 800, 2:22.26; pole vault, 10-0; 5,000, 18:04.50 (cross country) ... the 2011 Ohio state Division I champion in cross country ... competed in three state meets overall in cross country, including top-10 finishes each year ... the 2010 Ohio state champion in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.49 ... ran in four state track meets during her high school career, resulting in 10 all-state recognitions ... competed in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles at the 2012 state meet along with the 4x200- and 4x400-meter relays ... helped Princeton to a regional runner-up finish in track in 2012 ... Gatorade Ohio Cross Country Runner of the Year ... was eighth at the 2011 Nike Outdoor Nationals in the 400 hurdles (1:00.32).

Personal: Major is undeclared, but interested in international relations with minors in Chinese and Spanish ... contemplated profession is to work for a multinational organization or the United Nations ... daughter of Tyler Saunders and Christine Auclair ... a back injury suffered in a practice fall in gymnastics led to her switching to track ... speaks fluent French ... interested in making jewelry and reading.