Berenice Penaloza
Berenice Penaloza
Year: Fr.
Hometown: Yakima, Wash.
High School: Eisenhower HS '11
Position: XC/Distance
Experience: HS*

2012 Cross Country: Penaloza was the top runner for the Eagles in every meet, finishing in the top 20 in three different meets. She was 29th at the Big Sky Championships with a time of 18:39.2. Penaloza placed 19th at the Clash of the Inland Northwest, running a time of 15:33.9 on the 4,000-meter course. She was also 17th at the Inland Empire Classic (18:42), 12th at the Montana Invitational (18:43.4) and 39th at the Sundodger Invitational (23:10.22). Penaloza competed at the NCAA West Regional meet, running a time of 22:16 (6,000) to place 145th overall.

2011-12: Indoor: The true freshman ran 18:08.99 in the 5,000 at the UW Husky Classic to qualify for the Big Sky BSC Indoor Championship and earn her the fifth spot all-time at Eastern. She ran 19:55.57 at the BSC Indoor Championships to place 13th. Penaloza ran 10:30.74 in the 3,000 at the UW Husky Classic, putting her ninth all-time at Eastern and finishing 47th overall. She also ran 5:21.76 in the mile at the Idaho Vandal Indoor, finishing ninth. Outdoor: Redshirted.

2011 Cross Country: Redshirted.

High School: As a junior, Penaloza placed tenth in the 4A State Championships in the 3,200 with a time of 11:06.35 seconds. The Yakima, Wash., native improved on her time the following season at the Arcadia Invitational by posting an 11:03.94 time, which is her personal best. In the 2009 cross country season, Penaloza was selected as the Columbia Basin Big Nine Runner of the Year. She placed 12th and 15th, respectively, in the 2010 and 2011 State 4A Cross Country Championships, helping Eisenhower win the title in 2011. Her best times on the track came in the 800 (2:31.25), 1,500 (4:57.10), 1,600 (5:22.26), 3,000 (10:14) and 3,200 (11:03.94).

Personal: Child Psychology major. Born 10/31/92 in Yakima, Wash. Her mother is Florencia Penaloza.

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