PEPPERDINE XC 2012: Saw action at three races as a freshman ... Posted a 5k best of 25:03.9 at the UC Riverside Open.
PEPPERDINE TRACK 2013: Ran at seven of eight track meets as a freshman ... Ran the 400 meters five times (best of 67.28 at Pomona-Pitzer on 4/13) and the 400-meter hurdles six times (best of 73.84 at Pomona-Pitzer).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from the Tempe (Ariz.) Preparatory Academy in 2012 ... Ran three years on the track varsity, specializing in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles and the 400 meters ... As a senior at the Division IV state meet, placed fifth in the 300m hurdles and sixth in the 100m hurdles ... Her school won a Division IV state championship in 2011 and was runner-up in 2012 ... Also lettered in soccer ... Graduated summa cum laude.
PERSONAL: Born in Mesa, Ariz. ... Daughter of Ike and Arlene Ortiz ... Has three siblings: Allen, Gab and Cristina ... Majoring in sports medicine ... Chose Pepperdine because "I liked the approach to faith, the love of learning and our calling to help others. I wanted small classes and good relationships with my classmates and teachers. I'm really excited for the sports medicine major."
FAVORITES: Enjoys hiking, going to the beach, volunteering and being outside ... Favorites are Lolo Jones, Larry Fitzgerald and Sanya Richards-Ross (athletes), San Diego Chargers and Arizona Cardinals (pro teams), The Chosen and My Antonia (books), Charmed and Castle (TV shows), Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Marina and the Diamonds and Mumford and Sons (musical artists), trail mix, angelcots and mangoes (food) and soccer, volleyball and weightlifting (sports other than running) ... Favorite things about running are "I love challenging myself and seeing improvement, and I also love being part of a tam that supports each other."