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Jessica Eldridge
 Jessica Eldridge
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Broken Arrow, Okla.

High School:
Broken Arrow

Position:
Distance

• 2008 All-Big 12 Outdoor Conference (1,500-meter run)
• 2007 All-Big 12 Outdoor Conference (1,500 meter run)
• 2007 NCAA Indoor All-American (DMR)
• 2007 All-Big 12 Indoor Conference (Mile, DMR)
• 2006 NCAA All-American (Cross Country)
• 2006 All-Big 12 Conference (Cross Country)
• 2006 Big 12 Indoor Champion (Mile Run, DMR)
• 2005 All-Big 12 Indoor Conference (Mile Run, DMR)
• 2004 All-Big 12 Conference (Cross Country)
• 2004 World Junior Championship Qualifier (1,500-meter run)
• 2004 U.S. Junior National 1,500-Meter Run Champion
• 2004 NCAA Midwest Regional 1,500-Meter Run Champion
• 2004 Big 12 800-Meter Run Champion
• 2004 All-Big 12 Indoor Conference (800-meter run)
• 2003 All-Big 12 Conference (Cross Country)

Personal: Daughter of Arlene and Keith Eldridge ... Born May 9, 1985, in Lafayette, Ind. ... Has an older sister ... Human relations major ... 2007 Academic All-Big 12 First Team member.

Summer 2007: Placed 21 st (4:23.21) in the 1500 at the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships (June 21).

2006-2007: (Cross Country) Earned All-America honors with an 18th-place run (21:13) at the NCAA National Cross Country Championships (Nov. 20) ... Placed 18th at the season-opening Hurricane Festival (Sept. 2), running the two-mile course in 12:47 ... Led the Sooners with a 19th-place finish (21:54) at the Roy Griak Invitational (Sept. 23) ... Placed 12th (20:33) out of 245 at the Indiana State Pre-National Invitational Blue Race (Oct. 14) ... Her 20:33 run was a career best for a 6K ... Earned All-Big 12 honors with a fourth-place finish (21:09) at the Big 12 Championships (Oct. 27) ... Earned All-Midwest Region honors and qualified for the national championships for the third time with her fourth-place finish (20:50) at the NCAA Midwest Regional (Nov. 11). (Indoor) Earned All-America honors at the NCAAIndoor Championships (March 9) after anchoring the DMR to sixth-placein a school-record time of 11:13.48 ...Finished third in the mile run (4:46.86) at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational (Feb. 3) ... Was third in the 800 (2:09.65) at the Razorback Invitational (Jan. 20) ... Anchored the DMR to second place at the Big 12 Indoor (Feb. 23) ... Placed third in the mile run (4:42.87) at the Big 12 Indoor Championships (Feb. 24). (Outdoor) Finished runner-up in the 1500 at the Big 12 Championships (May 13) ...Ran the Big 12 Conference and Midwest Region leading mark (4:17.57) in the 1500-meter run at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational (April 29) ... Placed second in the 800 at the Arkansas Twilight (May 4), clocking 2:07.91 ... Finished fourth at the Midwest Regional (May 26) to automatically qualify forher ninth NCAA National Championship meet ...Earned All-America honors in the 1500-meter run with a sixth-place finish (4:17.08) at the NCAA Championships (June 9).

2005-2006: (Cross Country) Redshirted. (Indoor) Anchored the women's distance medley to a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships ... Won the mile run (4:47.25) at the Big 12 Championships (Feb. 25) one day after anchoring the distance medley relay to a conference championship victory (11:18.97) ... Eldridge's 12.5 points scored were the third most ever (Laverne Jones scored 16 in 2004 and 14 in 2003) scored by a Sooner woman at the Big 12 Indoor ... Posted an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the mile run in her first attempt of the season at the Tyson Invitational (Feb. 10), running in 4:44.89 ... Ran the 1600-meter leg of the distance medley relay that broke the school record by over 15 seconds at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational (Feb. 3) with a run of 11:14.63 ... The mark was also the first time in program history that the DMR ran faster than the NCAA provisional qualifying standard ... Placed third in both the 800- (2:12.39) and 1,000-meter run (2:48.50) at the Razorback Invitational (Jan. 20-21) ... The 1,000 mark ranked as fifth best on OU's all-time performance list. (Outdoor) Redshirted ... Ran unattached at the Stanford Cardinal Inviational, running a personal best 4:17.46 in the 1500.

2004-2005: (Cross Country) Finished second in her first race of the season at the Southern Stampede ... Led the women to their first victory since the 2003 opener ... The victory pushed OU into its first-ever national ranking and first-ever No. 1 region ranking ... Was named Big 12 runner of the week for the second time in her career for those efforts ... Finished 12th in a field of 195 runners at the Notre Dame Invitational ... Finished fourth out of 245 runners ... Came in 12th at the conference championships, leading the Sooners to their best ever finish (seventh place) since the conference was formed ... Earned her second All-Big 12 cross country selection ... Finished fourth at the NCAA Midwest Regional, qualified for the national championships and earned All-Midwest Region honors. (Indoor) Won her first race of the season at the J.D. Martin Invitational ... Captured the 800 title in 2:13.46 ... Placed fourth (4:50.34) in the mile at the conference meet ... Also finished 14th (9:58.33) in the 3000 at the Big 12 meet ... Ran her fastest mile (4:42.73) of the season at the NCAA qualifier, finishing second ... Placed 11th at the NCAA Championships, running the mile in 4:46.63 ... Also ran the first leg of the team's DMR which posted a best time of 11:39.70 en route to a fifth-place Big 12 result. (Outdoor) Posted regional qualifying marks in the 800, 1500 and 5000 ... Ran a regional qualifying time of 16:32.45 in the 5000 meters at the season-opening Stanford Invitational ... Won the 1500 (4:25.73) at the John Jacobs Invitational ... Placed 10th in both the 800 (2:07.7) and the 5000 (17:06.49) at the Big 12 Championships ... Placed second in the 1500 (4:20.74) at the Midwest Regional ... Placed 16th in the 1500 (4:19.94) at the NCAA Championships ... Anchored the school record-breaking (11:22.47) DMR.

2003-2004: (Cross Country) Earned All-Big 12 and All-Region honors during cross country ... Became OU's first female to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships since 1996 and the first true freshman to do so since 1994 ... Had top-15 finishes in seven of the eight races she entered ... Lone exception was NCAA Championships when she finished 180th ... Finished 10th at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships ... Earned trip to the NCAA Championship with a third place regional finish ... Performance helped Sooner women to an all-time best team finish in the Big 12 and the best regional finish since 1993. (Indoor) Finished seventh in the 800 at the Big 12 meet ... Achieved her season best at the NCAA qualifier in the mile with at 4:38.79 ... Broke an OU school record that had been on the books since 1981, beating the old mile mark by more than five seconds ... Also set the school record in the 800 and ran the anchor leg on OU's DMR ... Ran a 2:06.33 at Meyo Invitational (Feb. 7) for her best in the 800, finishing third overall and breaking the school record by more than a second. (Outdoor) Had one of the most successful freshman seasons in school history ... Won the 1500-meter title at the NCAA Midwest Regional, becoming the first woman in school history to win a regional title ... Qualified for the national cross country meet and the indoor and outdoor track and field meets ... Became the first true freshman since 1990 to earn a trip to all three NCAA meets ... Posted regional qualifying marks in three different events -- the 800, 1500 and 5000 ... Won the Big 12 title in the 800 with a 2:07.62 ... Named the 2004 Big 12 Outstanding Freshman Woman in outdoor track and field ... Ran the anchor leg on the fifth-place DMR that set a school record at the Texas Relays ... Career best in the 800 (2:06.86) was the fourth best in school history and an all-time best by a Sooner freshman.

High School: One of the top runners in the state as a senior while competing for Broken Arrow High School ... Named the Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year for Oklahoma as a junior and senior ... Received the Jim Thorpe Award for track and field as a senior ... Anchored the state champion 4x400-meter relay team her senior year ... Finished third in the state cross country meet as a senior ... Finished second in the 800 at the Golden West meet in California ... Ran on the winning 4x800-meter relay at the Great Southwest meet ... High school best in the 800 (2:10.82) ranked 22nd in the country ... High school best in the 1600 (4:54.72) ranked 20th in the country ... Both marks are Oklahoma state high school records ... Featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd after her senior season.

Other:Won the U.S. Junior National title in the 1500 in June 2004, earning a trip to the World Junior Championships in Italy in July ... Fell in the final 300 meters of the semifinal and did not advance to the final.


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