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Jessica Abrantes
Jessica Abrantes

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Scotch Plains, N.J.

High School:
Scotch Plains Fanwood H.S.

Event:
Middle Distance

2011 Outdoor Season: Did not compete ... named to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Commissioner's All-Academic Team for second straight year.

2011 Indoor Season: Season-bests: 3000m - 12:11.32 (UMES Coach O Invitational); 5000m - 20:33.43 (Albany Great Dane Classic) ... Also competed at the NYU Metropolitan Coaches Invitational, UMES Collegiate Invitational, Navy Invitational, Giegengack Invitational and MEAC Championship.

2010 Cross Country Season: Competed in all seven meets for UMES ... Ran a season-best 21:07.82 at the UMES Cappy Anderson Invitational ... Finished fifth overall at the Delaware State Open with a time of 21:34.72 to help the Lady Hawks to a first place title.

2010 Outdoor Season: Did not compete.

2010 Indoor Season: Ran a season-best time of 12:21.45 in the 3000m at the Coach O Invitational ... Also competed in the Metropolitan Coaches Invitational and at the MEAC Championships ... Named the UMES Scholar Athlete of the Year ... Honored on the MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic List ... Recognized at the 57th Annual UMES Honors Convocation for maintaining a GPA of at least 3.5 during 12 semester hours.

2009 Cross Country Season: Ran seven events ... Finished 52nd at the UMES Lid-Lifter Invitational with a time of 23:49.85 ... Placed 32nd at the Towson Invitational in 22:43.83 ... Was 52nd at the UMES Cappy Anderson Invitational with a time of 22:16.25 ... Crossed 11th at the Delaware State Hornet Invitational with a season best time of 21:34.94 ... Ran a 22:15.04 at the Delaware Blue & Gold Invitational, which was good for 86th place ... Was 34th overall at the MEAC Championships at UMES with a time of 21:39.46 ... Finished with a time of 27:39 in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, held at UMES.

2009 Indoor Season: Ran a 12:11.05 in the 3000 meters at the Christopher Newport Invitational and a 22:27.14 in the 5000 meters at the Great Dane Classic.

2009 Outdoor Season: Ran a 6:04.04 in the 1500 meters at the Penn Invitational and a 21:54.92 in the 5000 meters at the Maryland Invitational.

2008 Cross Country Season: Ran five events ... Posted her best time of the season in the MEAC Championships at UMES with a 21:38.37 ... Member of MEAC Championship team ... Finished 180th in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, crossing in 30:43.00 on the six-kilometer course.

High School/Club: Earned three letters as a cheerleader in high school ... Named MVP in 2005-06 ... Team won Most Spirited Squad in competition in 2006.

Personal: Born Nov. 11, 1989 in New Jersey ... Daughter of Dulce and Antonio Abrantes ... Has three sisters ... Major is Criminal Justice ... Made the honor roll in 2005-06 and 2006-07 ... Earned the Dean's List Honors Award for a 4.0 GPA in 2007-08 ... Recipient of the MEAC Academic Achievement Award in 2008 ... Member of Phi Alpha Delta ... Pregame routine is getting in the zone listening to her iPod ... Personal best non-athletic accomplishment is maintaining a 4.0 GPA when competing in cross country and track ... Upon graduation she plans to attend law school and become a prosecuter and eventually a judge ... Favorite saying is "actions speak louder than words" ... Hobbies are shopping, surfing and spending everyday of the summer at the beach ... Favorite book is Barefoot ... Favorite movie is She Fought Alone ... Athletic goal before graduation is to finish in the top five at the MEAC Cross Country Championship and win as a team.