Peterson lowers school record in 5K as distance and sprint groups shine at big meet
2011: NCAA West Prelim qualifier in 10,000, thanks to 34:53.66 at Stanford Invite... Mark moved her to No. 5 on UC Davis' all-time 10K leaderboard... Posted 34:58.81 at West Prelim... Also had team's top season marks in 3,000 (9:57.25 at Cal Opener) and 5,000 (16:48.80 at Mt. SAC)... Improved to 6th on school's 5K top-10 list with the latter... Placed 3rd at Big West Conference Championships in 10K (35:23.52)... Added 9th-place showing in 5K (17:09.53) at league meet.
2010: Finished 5th in 10,000 (36:02.44), 8th in 5,000 (17:27.34) at Big West Conference Championships... Hit season-best 5K of 17:04.71 at Stanford Invite... Entered school's all-time outdoor top 10 in 10K (7th) and 5K (10th).
2009: Placed 6th (36:44.90) in 10K at Big West Conference meet... Competed twice in 5,000, posting season-best 17:45.80 at Brutus Hamilton Invite.
CROSS COUNTRY: Appeared in five meets as a senior, including Big West Conference (16th) and West Region championships (51st)... Won Aggie Open to start 2012 season... Placed 21st among 32-team field in Stanford Invitational 6K... Finished 14th at 2010 Big West Conference meet... Earned Big West Athlete of the Week after finishing 6th at Stanford Invite... Aggies' top finisher in three meets... Raced in four events in 2009, including conference (40th)... Best finish was 10th at Hornet Jamboree... Earned Big West Conference All-Academic honors... Competed five times as a freshman in 2008, including Big West (T20th) and NCAA West Region (21:22.77) meets.
SANTA BARBARA HS '08: Won Channel League and Santa Barbara County championships as a senior... Finished 8th at state championships to earn all-state honors... Named team MVP for her efforts... Voted team captain during her final two seasons... Placed 6th (11:12.72) in Southern Section finals, advancing by virtue of PR 11:06.88 in prelims... Named team MVP of the track and field team as a junior... Two-year captain of the track team.
PERSONAL: Born in Berkeley, Calif.... Majoring in chemical engineering... Parents are Jennifer and Bill Drechsler... Proudest personal accomplishments include her 6th-place finish at 2010 Stanford Invite and ensuing Big West Conference Athlete of the Week award; and breaking 17-minute barrier in 5K at the 2011 Cardinal Invite.