Taylor Mesojednik

Cross Country Running
Class Junior Height 5' 11"
Hometown Bellevue, Wash.
High School Bellevue
Major Biochemistry, biophysics
& molecular biology


Junior season (2011) - Finished 12th at Whitman Invitational with third-best Missionary time ... Ran third for Whitman at Sundodger Invitational, placing 102nd overall in field of more than 230 runners.

Sophomore season (2010) - Ran fourth for Missionaries, placing 18th overall, at Whitman Invitational ... Also ran fourth for Whitman at Charles Bowles Invitational ... Posted third-best Whitman time at Pioneer Open, finishing 20th overall ... Placed 41st at NWC Championships, running fourth for Whitman ... Ran third for Missionaries at NCAA DIII West Region race, placing 59th.

Freshman season (2009) - Missed conference and regional races due to illness ... Ran seventh for Whitman, placing 31st overall, in first college race (Whitman Invitational) ... Ran fourth for Whitman at Erik Anderson Invitational.

Prep - Ran four seasons of varsity cross country in high school, serving as senior team captain while qualifying individually for state championships ... Part of high school team that qualified for state to cap his sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... Team placed 14th, 4th and 3rd at state.

Academics - Majoring in biochemistry, biophysics & molecular biology ... Says he is "dead set on medicine" as career, noting his plans arose from interest in biology and chemistry and "deep-seated desire to heal people" ... Member of Student Health Advisory Council at Whitman ... Has volunteered in variety of community service projects, especially those related healthcare work and fundraising. Honor Roll student National Merit Scholar in high school ... Alexander Anderson Merit Scholar at Whitman ... Received academic distinction three of first four semesters at Whitman.

Personal - Son of Paul and Jill Mesojednik ... Father ran cross country and track at University of Washington ... Has one younger sister ... Tau Kappa Epsilon member at Whitman ... Avid reader of fiction and nonfiction; reading (fall 2011) collection of short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri called Interpreter of the Maladies ... Enjoys hiking in Cascades and along Pacific Coast; looking forward to extended hiking trip in through Southwest ... Self-described foodie with weakness for veal saltimbucca ... Likes Classic Rock, Hip-hop, and Crooners (Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr.).

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