News & Notes on Purdue Athletics
The women matched their total of honorees from last season
The season proved to be one of the most historic in program history
Purdue finished with 212 all-academic picks in 2015-16
The team battled the elements on a cool, rainy day at the Blue Oval
2015: Competed in seven indoor meets and 10 outdoor meets ... NCAA East Preliminary Rounds qualifier in the 800m run, where she finished 18th ... finished fifth at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in the 800m with a time of 2:07.87 ... won the 800m at the Kansas Relays with a time of 2:06.38 ... ran season best time in the 800m prelims at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds prelims, where she finished 19th in 2:06.26 ... won the 800m outdoors at the Bobcat Invite and Shamrock Invite ... finished sixth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in the 800m to help the women's team finish third, the program's best since 2001 ... finished third at Big Tens in the distance medley relay with a time of 11:12.67 ... part of school record DMR team that finished with the 15th fastest time in the country at 11:07.20 from the Alex Wilson Invite ... ran a leg of the winning 4x800m relay team at the Purdue/IU Duals, which clinched the win over IU, and helped Purdue win the Governor's Cup by a 10-9 margin.
2014: Participated in five outdoor meets after returning from injury, including the Big Ten Championships ... placed fifth at the Border Battle in the 4x400m along with Megan Broecker, Alexandra Parks and Kathryn Graf ... finished eighth at the Dave Rankin Invite in the 800m with a time of 2:14.68, which stands as her PR in the 800m ... took 27th at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in the 800m with a time of 2:20.26.
2013: Big Ten Indoor Champion in the 800m run after breaking the school record with a time of 2:05.21 ... qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 800m, where she finished Second Team All-America with a 14th place finish ... broke the outdoor school record with a time of 2:04.89 at the Canadian Junior Championships, where she also broke the all-time Canadian junior record ... finished third in the 1,500m at the Canadian Junior Championships with a time of 4:24.00, the sixth-fastest time in program history ... competed in the Junior Pan-American Games, where she won the bronze medal in the 800m ... finished runner-up at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in the 800m with a time of 2:07.62 ... ran a leg of the 4x400m relay team that finished seventh at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships ... finished second in the 800m at the Drake Relays ... indoor 800m time ranked ninth in the country ... NCAA East Preliminary Rounds qualifier in the 800m, where she finished 19th.
High School: Four-time letterwinner in track and field ... four-time letterwinner in cross country ... named Athlete of the Year three times ... two-time track Most Valuable Player ... as a Freshmanwas named Regional Championin the 400, 800, and 1500 meters ... Track and Field Provincial Champion in the 800 meters ... Sophomore year named Regional Champhionin the 400, 800, and 1500 meters ... as a Junior was named Regional Champion in the 800 and 1500 meters as well as steeplechase ... Provincial track and field silver medalist for 800 meters and bronze medalist for the 4 X 400 meter relay ... Senior year won Regional Championin the400, 800, and 1500 meters and named Athlete of the Meet for the fourth consecutive year ... Provincial bronze medalist for the 800 meter and fourth in the 4 X 400 meter relay ... competed for the Father John Redmond Redhawks.
Personal: Vanessa Margarita McLeod was born on July 5, 1994, in Toronto, Ontario ... is the daughter of Fanny Donaldson ... has two brothers, Omar and Kenneth ... enjoys music and puzzles ... majoring in Movement and Sports Sciences.
|Lifetime||1:32.09 (2/16/14)||2:04.89 (7/13/13)|
|Indoor||1:32.09 (2/16/14)||2:05.21 (2/23/13)|