Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Melanie McGrath
Position: Cross Country/Middle Distance
Other Position: Distance
Height: 5'8"
Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
High School: Catalina Magnet High School

2012 MPSF All-Academic

2012 Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention

2012: Indoors, McGrath took fifth place at the Razorback Invitational, running the mile in 4:54.53 ... Set a personal best in the mile at the Husky Classic with a time of 4:49.95, finishing in 15th place ... At the MPSF Championships, McGrath clocked a time of 4:57.22 in the mile ... Outdoors, she finished in second place at the UA-ASU-NAU Double Dual, clocking a time of 2:12.34 in the 800 meters ... ... She set a personal-best mark at the Mt. SAC Relays, running the 800-meter race with a time of 2:11.75 ... McGrath clocked a time of 2:13.05 at the Pac-12 Championships in the 800-meter race ... At the Pac-12 Championships, McGrath clocked a personal-best time of 4:30.63, good for 15th place in the 1,500-meter race.

2011 (XC): McGrath took third place in the 5,000-meter race at the George Kyte Classic, posting a time of 17:35 ... She finished in 10th place at the Dave Murray Invitational, running three miles in 17:48 ... At the Roy Griak Invitational, McGrath clocked a time of 22:04.1 in the 6,000-meter race ... At the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, McGrath clocked a time of 22:08.6.

2011: Indoors, at the Cherry and Silver Invitational, she took first place in the mile with a time of 5:14.49 ... At the Razorback Invitational, she took 12th in the mile, running 5:09.89 ... Outdoors, at the Willie Williams Classic, she ran the 1,500 meters in 4:52.13 ... Competing at the Jim Click Shootout, McGrath ran 5:02.53 in the 1,500 meters.

2010 (XC): Opening the season at the George Kyte Classic, McGrath finished fourth with a time of 18:32.3 in the 5,000-meter run ... At the Dave Murray Invitational, she posted a time of 19:06.73 and took 18th place in the three-mile run.

2010: McGrath ran a-then personal best in the mile at 4:58 indoors ... Outdoors, she achieved a-then personal best in the 1,500 meters at 4:39 ... Also competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

2009 (XC): At the George Kyte Classic, McGrath was the top finisher for the Wildcats, finishing in eighth place with a time of 18:16.7 in the 5,000-meter race... She finished in 20th place at the Dave Murray Invitational, running the three-mile race in 18:09.0 ... Posted a 5K time of 18:44 at the Notre Dame Invitational ... At the Pac-10 Championships, she clocked a time of 22:12.85 in the 6,000-meter race.

HIGH SCHOOL: McGrath helped lead her team to the 2007 Arizona 4A-II State Championships during her sophomore year, finishing third individually ... In the same season, McGrath won the 800-meter state crown ... Voted first-team cross country and track that year ... During her senior year, McGrath took fifth at the state cross country championships and finished second in the 800 meters at the state meet ... Was the only Tucson athlete to be named first team in both the 800 and 1,600 meters ... Voted team MVP her senior year ... Was her high school class valedictorian ... Was a member of the National Honor Society and student council.

PERSONAL: She is the daughter of Kathryn and James McGrath ... Accepted into the UA's Honors College and earned the Wildcat Excellence Award ... Majoring in pre-physiology.