Group honored in ceremony at Lindner Center.
Ashley Earman took nearly 11 seconds off her previous personal best, which she ran last season at the NCAA Midwest Regional.
Four-of-six runners on the men's side posted personal-best times on Saturday.
Bearcats will be among 15 ranked teams vying for conference title
2012 cross country season: Placed 67th overall at the University of Dayton's Flyer 5k Challenge in 22:37.8...was 64th in 22:18.51 at the Queen City Invitational in Cincinnati's Mount Airy Forest, an improvement of almost 20 seconds from her previous race and her all-time best 5k...finished174th overall at Vanderbilt University's Commodore Classic at Percy Ward Park in Nashville, running the 6k course in 26:02.37...was 88th in the open division of the All-Ohio Collegiate Championships at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course in Cedarville, running the 5k course in 20:58.39...
Collegiate career bests: 5k - 20:58.39 (2012 All-Ohio) 6k - 26:02.37 (2012 Commodore Classic)
High School: four year letterman in cross country, three in track...regional qualifer in the 1,600-meter relay...has run four Flying Pig half marathons...graduated 15th in a class of 800 with a 4.398 GPA.
Personal bests: 3,200 meters - 12:18, 1,600 meters - 5:41, 800 meters - 2:27, 400 meters - :59
A FEW THINGS ABOUT MELISSA...
Family: father, Steve, and mother, Tami; younger sister Lauren
Favorite food?: popcorn
Favorite place to eat?: Panera
Favorite musical artist?: Mat Kearney
Favorite TV show?: Community
Favorite thing to do when not studying or training?: rock climbing
Favorite training run?: Tempo run - I always feel stronger when I finish.
Favorite music to listen to on a training run?: Twenty One Pilots
Favorite competition course?: Indian Riffle Park course in Kettering, Ohio
Favorite place in Cincinnati?: Mt. Adams
Hobbies?: rock climbing, biking, drawing
Why did you choose UC?: I really clicked with the team atmosphere at UC. Also, academically, I loved the co-op program for engineering.
Future career plans?: I would love to design medical devices for paralytics through biomedical engineering. Athletically, I hope to become a great half-marathon/marathon runner someday.
Anything else?: I love expanding my boundaries with running. I like the distance events in track but I also like to mix in speed with the 400 meters. I've run half-marathons and even a triathlon. I can't wait to try the marathon.