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Vanessa Fraser
Vanessa Fraser
Year: Junior
Hometown: Scotts Valley, Calif.
High School: Scotts Valley
Major: Symbolic systems
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* Three-Time All-American *

At Stanford:

  • Stanford's No. 1 runner at the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
  • Has All-America honors in cross country, and indoor and outdoor track.

2015 Season (Junior):

  • Placed 40th at NCAA Championships to earn her first cross-country All-America honor.
  • Was team's No. 1 runner in 20:27.7 over 6K.
  • All-Pac-12 second team.
  • USTFCCCA All-Academic team.
  • Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.
  • 12th at Pac-12 Championships (6K, 20:23.5), as team's No. 2.
  • Placed 39th at NCAA West Regionals (6K, 21:26.2).
  • Raced five times.

2014 Season (Sophomore):

  • Former walk-on was Stanford's No. 4 runner at the NCAA Championships.
  • Placed 149th overall (21:32.7, 6K) for 14th-place team in Terre Haute, Ind.
  • Competed in six races in her first collegiate season.
  • Placed 55th at the NCAA West Regional at Stanford Golf Course (21:27.1, 6K).
  • Helped Stanford to second at the Pac-12 Championships by placing 27th (20:56, 6K) as Stanford's No. 6 runner.
  • Named Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.
  • Third at USF Invitational (18:02.4, 5K) in her collegiate cross-country debut.
  • 26th at Stanford Invitational (21:45, 6k) to help the Cardinal to first place.
  • Finished first in the Wisconson Invitational (20:56, 6K) open race
  • 27th at Pac-12 Championships (20:56, 6k), in which the Cardinal finished second.

2013 Season (Freshman):

  • Ran three races unattached.
  • Was No. 5 among all Stanford runners at the Stanford Invitational, and 13th overall (21:51, 6K).
  • Also placed 12th at the Bronco Invitational (20:47.7, 6K) and seventh at the Doc Adams Invite (21:37, 6K).

Track and Field:

  • Finished 10th at 2016 NCAA Indoor 3,000.
  • 13th in the 5,000 at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships, earning second-team All-America honors.
  • Has personal bests of 15:54.12 in the 5,000, 9:16.94 in the 3,000, 34:07.00 for 10,000, and and 4:26.30 for 1,500.

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 Scotts Valley to its 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.


  • Parents are Jeff and Kathryn Fraser.
  • Father is a Stanford graduate.
  • Majoring symbolic systems, with a focus on neuroscience.
  • 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.