Melissa Deitzer
Melissa  Deitzer

Fairfield, Ohio

High School:



UC College / Major:
Engineering / Biomedical


131 Bearcats Receive Varsity Letter

Group honored in ceremony at Lindner Center.


Nine Bearcats Record Personal Bests on National Course

Ashley Earman took nearly 11 seconds off her previous personal best, which she ran last season at the NCAA Midwest Regional.


Seven Bearcats Set Personal Records at Bluegrass Invitational

Four-of-six runners on the men's side posted personal-best times on Saturday.


UC runs in BIG EAST meet on Friday

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


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.