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 Monique Ortega
Monique Ortega
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
El Paso, Texas

High School:
Montwood

Height:
5-4

Event:
Distances

Birthdate:
10/09/1984

2006 All-Midwest Region (3,000-Meter Steeplechase)
2006 All-Big 12 Outdoors (3,000-Meter Steeplechase)
2005 All-Midwest Region (3,000-Meter Steeplechase)
2005 All-Big 12 Outdoors (3,000-Meter Steeplechase)
2004 All-Midwest Region (3,000-Meter Steeplechase)
2004 All-Big 12 Outdoors (3,000-Meter Steeplechase)

2006: Finished 24th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a season-best time of 10:33.73...Earned all-region honors and automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional, clocking 10:39.40...During the indoor season, finished 18th in the 3,000 meters at the Big 12 Indoor Championships with a time of 10:09.24...Ran a season-best 9:47.12 to finish eighth at the Armory Invitational.

2005: Earned all-region honors by finishing sixth at the NCAA Midwest Regional with a time of 10:43.61...Earned All-Big 12 honors, finishing third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a career-best time of 10:29.39 at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships...Claimed the steeplechase titles at both the Michael Johnson Classic with a time of 10:33.06 and the Dr Pepper Invitational with a time of 10:40.00...Finished second in the 3,000 meters at the UT-Arlington Invitational, running 9:48.23...Finished 11th in the mile with a time of 4:58.20 at the Big 12 Indoor Championships...Was the leadoff leg on the Bears' school-record setting distance medley relay, which clocked 11:28.20 to finish second at the Big 12 Indoor Championships...Ran a season-best 4:56.34 in the mile to finish fourth at the Tyson Invitational...Finished second in the mile at the Houston Opener and third at the Red Raider Classic...Finished 10th in the 800 meters at the Cornhusker Invitational with a time of 2:15.29...Named to the fall and spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Rolls.

2004: Earned all-region honors by finishing sixth with a time of 10:51.41 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Midwest Regional...Earned All-Big 12 honors by finishing sixth with a time of 10:51.69 at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships...Ran a season-best 10:50.42 to take third at the Sun Angel Classic...Finished second at the Michael Johnson Classic with a time of 10:50.76... Finished third at the Baylor Dr Pepper Invitational in the 800 meters, clocking a 2:17.24...During the indoor season, ran a season-best 5:03.45 in the mile at the Razorback Invitational...Posted a time of 2:19.22 in the 800 meters at the Boise Invitational.

Cross Country: Was the Bears' third finisher, 164th overall, at the 2006 NCAA Championships...Earned all-region honors by finishing 10th and was the Bears' top finisher at the 2006 NCAA South Central Regional...Was the Bears' third finisher, 19th overall, at the 2006 Big 12 Championships...Was the Bears' third finisher (115th) as they placed 15th at the 2005 NCAA Championships...Earned all-region honors, finishing 12th at the 2005 NCAA South Central Regional with a time of 21:34.00...Finished 19th at the 2005 Big 12 Championships with a time of 21:45...Earned Academic All-Big 12 second-team honors...Competed in all seven events for the Bears in 2004...Finished second for the Bears in the last three meets, including 108th overall with a time of 22:18.1 at the 2004 NCAA Championships... Finished 12th overall to earn all-region honors with a time of 21:08 at the 2004 NCAA South Central Regional...Placed 21st overall to earn All-Big 12 honors with a time of 22:18.29 at the 2004 Big 12 Championships...Was the Bears' fourth finisher to help Baylor to a top-25 finish at the 2003 NCAA Championships.

High School: Was a four-year letterwinner in track and field and a three-year letterwinner in cross country at Montwood High School in El Paso, Texas...Was an all-state selection in both sports...Was the 2000 state cross country champion and won the 3,200 state title in 2001...Her time of 10:35 in the two-mile ranks fifth in the Texas high school record book...Named cross country MVP twice and track MVP three times...Graduated with honors.

Personal: Full name is Monique Renee Ortega...Born Oct. 9, 1984, in El Paso, Texas...Daughter of Deborah Ortega...Social work (pre-med) major.

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