Melanie Townsend
Melanie Townsend
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
High School: Haileybury College
Position: Distance

Academic Notes: Majoring in microbiology.

High School: Competed in cross country and track and field at Haileybury College, from which she graduated in 2011 ... Helped her team to a silver medal at the World School Cross Country Championship in 2010 ... She took fifth in the Zatopek Classic's Under-20 Women's 3K race in 2010 ... Was the gold medalist in the U18 1,500-meter run at the 2010 All-Victoria Schools Championships in Australia.

Personal: Born February 22, 1993 in Mornington, Victoria, Australia to Nick and Kim Townsend ... Has one older sister, Jessica ... Enjoys going to the gym, doing pilates, and going to the beach in her spare time ... Chose NAU for the great training location, the altitude, and the great coaching ... She misses her dog while she is away from home ... Favorite animal is a frog