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Student Spotlight: Cal Poly's Meghan Breadmore


In 2011, Cal Poly's Meghan Breadmore had a freshman year to remember.  At the Big West Conference Championship, the San Diego, Calif., native finished second on the team and fourth at the event with a time of 20:42.80.  At the NCAA Cross Country Regionals, she finished 17th in the 6K with a time of 20:47, earning her U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region distinction for her efforts.  Breadmore, along with teammate Leanne Fogg, picked up postseason bids to the NCAA Cross Country Championship, marking the first time that an individual or team from the Cal Poly women’s program had advanced to the NCAA Division I Championship since the Mustangs made the jump in 1994.

We are just two weeks away from the 2012 Big West Cross Country Championship where Breadmore looks to have another impressive showing.  This year's championship takes place on the same course
as last year (UCR Ag/Ops Course) where she posted a top five finish.  In final preparation for the upcoming championship, Cal Poly will showcase a split squad with athletes competing at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational and their home event the Cal Poly Invitational.


We thought we would take a minute to learn a little more about Mustang Meghan Breadmore.

Your major:

Favorite color:

Favorite food:
Macaroni and cheese

Favorite kind of music:
I don’t have a favorite kind, I listen to all sorts of music.

What is your favorite vacation spot:
So far my favorite place that I’ve gone on vacation to is Bauden Bauden, Germany.  It’s where the Black Forest is located and it’s absolutely beautiful.

What are your hobbies:
Running is of course my main hobby, which also comes with cross training for my running (swimming and biking).  But I also love to draw, I mostly sketch.

What is first thing you’d buy if you won a million dollars:
I probably wouldn’t buy anything.  I would just pay off my college expenses and then my parent’s mortgage.

Name three things you’d want on a deserted island:
Food, shelter, and water.

Your most memorable athletic moment:
Competing in NCAA DI Cross Country Nationals as a freshman.

The most exciting sporting event you’ve been to is:
NCAA Cross Country Nationals

Any pre-race ritual(s):
I don’t have any rituals right before the race, but I have a certain way I warm up and I make sure I have the proper amount of time to do so.

Any hidden talent:
I can lick my elbow.

Your most embarrassing moment:
I was once pantsed in the middle of a soccer game by the other team.

Top item on your bucket list:
To go backpacking through Europe with my sister.

Your perfect day:
Wake up around 8 am and go for a 7-10 mile run.  I would follow that up with breakfast with some friends and then go for a hike.  After the hike I would take a nap and then have a big BBQ with friends and family.  I would end the evening with a movie.