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Chelsea Wishard
Chelsea Wishard

Hometown:
Lawai, Hawai'i

High School:
Kauai HS

Height:
5-7

Experience:
4V

11/11/2010

Cross Country at the West Coast Conference Championships (Kyle Terada Photography)

Photos taken of Pepperdine's men's and women's XC teams at the annual XC Championships at Crystal Springs.

2010/SENIOR: All-NCAA West Region and All-WCC honoree ... Voted to the All-WCC preseason team by the conference's eight head coaches ... Finished the 6K WCC Championship race at Crystal Springs in second place ... Her runner-up showing was the best of her career at WCCs following consecutive bronze-medal performances as a sophomore (2008) and junior (2009) ... Is the only Wave in program history to earn All-WCC honors (top eight) in three consecutive years and one of two (Rebecca Freebury) to lead Pepperdine to the finish line on more than two occasions ... Her WCC time of 20:47 was a personal best and marked her fourth-consecutive year of improvement after placing 33rd as a freshman in 23:52, then cutting her time down to 22:07 in 2008 and to 21:14 in 2009 ... Placed 22nd with a personal best 6K time of 20:39 at the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships in Springfield, Ore., in becoming the first Wave in program history to earn All-Region status ... Did not place lower than fifth at three regular-season meets at UC Irvine, Washington (Sundodger) and Santa Clara despite competing against fields in excess of 100 competitors ... Placed fifth in her season debut on the 5K UC Irvine course (17:33.1) ... Bronze medalist at both Sundodger and Bronco Invitationals with times of 20:53.86 (6K) and 16:57.8 (5K).

2009/JUNIOR: Finished third at the West Coast Conference Championships (10/31) for the second straight year and was named to the All-WCC Team ... Completed the 6K course at Crystal Springs in 21:14 (a 53 second improvement from 2008) to become the first Pepperdine female harrier in program history to finish inside the top five at WCCs in consecutive years ... Competed at five invitationals during the course of the regular season and led Pepperdine to the finish line at each of them, extending her team winning streak to 13 ... Won the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunner Invitational (9/26) with a 5K time of 17:45 ... Posted a season best 5K of 17:43 the following month at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational (10/17) ... Finished eighth in her season debut at the 5K UC Irvine/Asics Invitational, completing the race in 17:53.70 ... Placed third at the 5K UC Riverside Invitational (9/19) with a mark of 17:55.7 ... Tabbed to the All-WCC preseason team with teammate Lauren Lodge.

2008/SOPHOMORE: Named All-WCC after placing third overall at the conference championship meet (11/1) with a time of 22:07 ... Was Pepperdine's highest finisher at the WCCs since Rebecca Freebury's 1999 victory ... Established a season best 6K time of 21:24.41 at the NCAA West Regional meet hosted by Stanford (11/15), which was good for 56th place ... Pepperdine's No. 1 runner at all six regular season competitions, leading the Waves to finish line vs. Loyola Marymount (8/30) and at the UC Irvine (9/6), Big Wave (9/20), Stanford (9/27), Pepperdine (10/4) and Santa Clara Invitationals (10/18) ... Was first overall at season opening dual vs. LMU, completing the 3-mile run in 18:51 ... Received bronze medal at the Big Wave Invitational after finishing the 4K course in 14:43.18 ... Placed 25th with a 5K mark of 22:08 in a crowded and competitive field at the Stanford Invitational ... Was a top-15 competitor (12th) at the 5K UC Irvine Invitational (18:22.50) and Bronco Invitational (15th), and a top-10 harrier at the 6K Pepperdine Invitational (21:39.22).

2007/FRESHMAN: Appeared in six cross country races as a freshman ... Placed 33rd at the WCC Championships (23:52) and 159th at the NCAA West Regional (23:18.50) ... Was Pepperdine's top finisher at the UC Irvine Invitational (41st) ... Took seventh place at the Malibu Oceanside Open.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Kauai (Hawaii) High School in 2007 ... Ran four years on the varsity track and cross country teams ... Was the state champion in the 1500 meters her junior and senior years ... Holds the Kauai Interscholastic Federation records in the 800 meters (2:21), 1,500 meters (4:51) and 3,000 meters (11:01) ... Her cross country team won KIF championships all four years ... Was awarded cross country and track MVP her sophomore, junior and senior years.

PERSONAL: Born in Hilo, Hawaii ... Daughter of Harry Wishard and Laurie Smith Wishard ... Sister of Kunani and Ka'ahu Wishard ... Public relations major ... Chose Pepperdine because "of the location and the opportunity it offered me to excel academically and spiritually."

FAVORITES: Favorite TV shows are The O.C. and Desperate Housewives ... Favorite book is The Devil Wears Prada ... Favorite thing about running is "the feeling of success you feel when you complete a hard workout or do well in a race. Not only do you feel great physically, you feel mentally great as well."

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