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Vanessa Fraser
Position: Distances
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Scotts Valley, Calif.
High School: Scotts Valley
Major: undeclared

Career Bests (thru 2014):
5,000: 16:22.64
3,000: 9:32.42
Mile: 4:56.03c
1,500: 4:30.05

2014 Season: Outdoors - Advanced to the NCAA West Prelims in the 5,000, finishing 21st overall in 16:39.19 ... placed 13th in the Pac-12 Championships (16:51.62) ... ran personal 5,000 best of 16:22.64 at the Payton Jordan Invitational ... fourth in 3,000 (9:32.42) at the Big Meet ... set PB of 4:30.05 in the 1,500 to place second at the Brutus Hamilton Open. Indoors - Did not compete.

Cross Country: Ran in three races unattached, placing 13th at the Stanford Invitational.

High School: A local product from the girls’ distance-running mecca of Santa Cruz County … was ninth at the 2013 California track championships in the 3,200 (10:31.50) … a two-time state Division IV cross country champion … led Falcons to their first two state cross-country appearances as a team, in 2011 and 2012 … clocked 16:59.87 in the 5,000 while placing sixth on the track at the 2012 New Balance Nationals … Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League cross country champion in 2010 and 2012 … Central Coast Section Division IV champion in 2012 and runner-up in 2011 … four-time state qualifier in cross country and three-time 3,200 qualifier in track … Northern California 2010 Sophomore of the Year.

Personal: Parents are Jeff and Kathryn Fraser … father is a Stanford graduate … major is undeclared, but considering political science, psychology, or human biology … hobbies include biking, tennis, exploring the outdoors, playing the piano and spending time with friends and family … in 2011, helped bring a Girls on the Run chapter (for third through fifth grade) to Scotts Valley and helped prepare them for a 5K … her participation in the program as a young girl helped inspire her to pursue running later on.