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Mari-Jean Vance
Mari-Jean Vance

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Columbia, Mo.

High School:
Hickman High

Position:
DISTANCE

At Missouri State: Mari-Jean Vance is the lone senior in the distance group and one of only three on the team overall....2010 Cross Country: Had her highest finish at the SIUE Invitational, coming in at seventh (19:35.14)....Has her fastest time at the Chile Pepper Festival, running 19:16.87, just shy of a personal best....2010 Track: Vance ran well for the distance group in 2010....In the indoor season, she set new personal bests in the 3,000m and the 5,000m during the MVC Championship....Her times of 10:32.94 in the 3,000m and 18:20.54 in the 5,000m finished 17th and 15th in the conference, respectively....During her outdoor campaign, Vance continued her success....On April 2, she ran a personal best 18:28.00 in the 5,000m at the Joey Haines Invitational in Cape Girardeau, Mo....Vance finished her outdoor season at the MVC Outdoor Championships....In the meet, Vance ran the 10,000m in 38:52.23, a new personal best in the event...2009 CC: Competed in the Missouri State Classic, turning in a time of 19:34.00....Finished the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational with a time of 19:15.00, over a minute better than her previous personal best....Ran the 6K at the Chile Pepper Festival in 23:22.64, a personal best....At the MVC Championship, strode across the line in 20:34.00....2009 Track: Vance had a very strong 2009 campaign, setting personal bests in four events: 3,000-meter indoor (10:54.83, Iowa State Classic), 5,000-meter indoor (19:20.63, Mule Relays), 5,000-meter outdoor (18:45.46, Joey Haines Invitational), and the 10,000-meter outdoor (39:14.28, Kansas Relays)....2008 CC: Vance competed in four events, including both the Missouri State Classic and MVC Conference Championship....Set a personal best in the 5K distance at the Missouri State Classic and finished 26th....Ran a personal-best time of 23:49.47 in the 6K Chile Pepper Festival....2008 Track: Vance started her outdoor track season by competing in the 5,000-meter open at the Missouri Relays....Placed ninth in the 3,000-meter run at the Big Bear Invitational....Finished 16th in the 10,000-meter run at the Kansas Relays....2007 CC: Competed in five races as a freshman including the MVC Championships....Vance finished the fall season with a personal-best 5K of 20:51.00....Background: Vance joined the Missouri State program after lettering all four years at Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo., where she specialized in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs....Personal: Mari-Jean Louise Vance was born July 3, 1988 in Columbia, Mo....Daughter of Steven and Brenda Vance....Has one brother, Phillip, and one sister, Kristene Walk....Majoring in dietetics.

Missouri State Career Bests for Vance

Event

Best

Mile (indoor)

5:24.15

3,000m (indoor) 10:32.94
3,000m (outdoor) 11:47.92
5,000m (indoor) 18:20.54
5,000m (outdoor) 18:28.00
10,000m (outdoor) 38:52.23
5K (cross country) 19:15.00
6K (cross country) 23:22.60

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