Melinda Wheeler
Melinda Wheeler
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Elmira, NY
High School: Elmira Free Academy
Events: Distance

2014-15: Broke the 1,000-meter run in a time of 2:51.61 at the SPIRE D1 Invitational and the mile run in a time of 4:49.28 at the SPIRE Midwest Open. She was also part of the record-setting 4x1,500-meter relay team with a time of 18:48.55, which was acheived at the Penn Relays. Ran season-best times of 11:43.21 in the indoor DMR, 4:29.34 in the outdoor 1,500-meter run, 17:00.74 in the 5k, and 11:50.22 in the outdoor DMR.

2013-14: Competed in five individual track events as a freshman. Set a school record in the outdoor distance medley relay along with Corinne Birchard, Meghan Manley and Camaria Long to anchor the record-setting 11:49.88 race at the Penn Relays. Indoor season-best times of 5:02.69 in the mile run and 10:15.13 in the 3,000-meter run to win the event at the Akron Zips Invitational. Clocked top outdoor performances of 2:22.06 in the 800, 4:37.95 in the 1,500 and 10:27.82 in the 3K to place third at the New York Upstate Challenge.

High School: Set the school record in the 1,500m run (4:43) and 800m run (2:19) as a senior. She was named Elmira Free Academy's Athlete of the Year. Earned the Section IV Sportsmanship Award as a senior.

Personal: Born on June 21, 1995, daughter of Tomas and Lisa Wheeler, has three siblings, Ryan, Abbey and Alexis, and exercise science major at UB.