Nina Mercedes Anderson
Class:
RS Sophomore

Hometown:
Salinas, Calif.

High School:
Notre Dame HS '12

Height:
5-4

Major:
Exercise Biology

AS A FRESHMAN (2012): Did not race in her first season with the Aggies.

NOTRE DAME HS '12: Ran cross country for two years before transitioning to track and field... Finished standout freshman season as the Tri-County Athletic League and CIF-Central Coast Section Div. IV champion... Clocked in at 18:51 at the TCAL Championship 5K race, then lowered her time to 18:16 to win the CIF-CCS meet... Advanced to California State Cross Country Championships, placing seventh overall in a time of 18:30... Placed third at the TCAL Championship in 2010, then turned in a fourth-place finish at the CIF-CCS meet... Advanced to state final for second straight year, finishing tenth overall... Began a standout track and field prep career in 2010, winning the 800-meter (2:19.62), 1,600-meter (5:03.60) and 3,200-meter (10:47.38) conference titles, setting school records in all three events... All-Tri-County Athletic League first team selection... Repeated as 3,200 champion in 2011 while finishing second in the 1,600 meter and qualifying for the CIF-CCS Championship... Picked up second consecutive All-TCAL first team honor... Closed out prep career with a second-place finish in the 3,200 at the league championship meet... Recipient of Notre Dame's Joseph D. O'Connor Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award as well as the Bernard P. Corpuz Memorial Award... Graduated as class valedictorian.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Maria Anderson... Has two younger brothers, David and Nick... David is a 2010 graduate of the Univ. of Idaho... Majoring in exercise biology... Hopes to someday compete in the Olympics... Lists her selection as class valedictorian as her greatest personal accomplishment.