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Ducks Track & Field BIO
Laura Roesler
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Laura Roesler 718965
Position: Middle Distance
Height: 5'6"
Year: Senior
City/State: Fargo, N.D.
High School: Fargo South
Experience: High School
Two-Time NCAA Champion
13-Time All-American
Three-Time Pac-12 Champion

2012-13: Outdoor – Added two more all-America honors to her resume with a runner-up finish in the 800 and a fourth-place finish in the 4x400 meter relay…set a personal record by more than a second in the 800 at the event with a time of 2:00.98 at the meet which she would later break at the U.S. Championships while placing fifth (2:00.23)...part of the 4x400 teams which set the second-best time in school history at the Penn Relays (3:26.73) and the third-fastest time at the NCAA Championships (3:28.15)…Pac-12 Champion in the 800…also won the 800 at the Mt. Sac Relays and the Oregon Pepsi Invitational…Indoor – NCAA Champion in the 4x400 while setting the indoor school record at 3:30.22…All-American in the 800 with a runner-up finish…won the 4x400 at the Pac-12 Championships and UW Invitational…also won the 800 at the UW Invitational…Season Bests – 800 – 2:00.23, U.S. Championships, Des Moines, Iowa, (6/23/13).

2011-12: NCAA champion (4x400 meter relay). Pac-12 champion (800 meters). 5-time All-American (indoor and outdoor 800 meters; indoor and outdoor 4x400 meter relay; distance medley relay). Outdoors - Versatile runner was the Pac-12 champion at 800 meters and the NCAA champion on the 4x400 meter relay. Opened season with a runner-up finish in the 800 meters at the Pepsi Team Invitational (2:05.83). Won a tactical race at the Pac-12 Championships for her first league title (2:05.13). At the NCAA Championships, ran a personal best of 2:02.09 in the semifinals (No. 5 on the UO career list) before taking fourth in the finals in 2:02.96. In the relays, helped Oregon win the 4x400 at the Penn Relays in 3:33.78. Anchored the runner-up 4x400 meter relay squad at the Pac-12 Championships (3:32.59). Most impressive run of the season was her third leg at the NCAA Championships where the Ducks won in a meet record 3:24.54, the second-fastest time in collegiate history. After the season, was an Olympic Trials semifinalist in the 800 meters. Ran 2:03.11 in the preliminaries to move on to the semifinals, where she was fourth in her heat in 2:03.35, just missing a spot in the finals. Pac-12 all-academic honorable mention. Indoors - Key relay scorer for the three-time NCAA champions. Took the 800 meter leg on Oregon's runner-up distance medley relay squad (11:05.85) and the second leg on the fourth-place 400 meter relay (3:36.52). Also qualified for the NCAA meet individually for the 800 meters. During the regular season, was the second leg for the winning 4x400 meter relay team at the MPSF Championships in 3:33.70 (No. 2 in UO history). Ran a season-best 2:05.13 800 meters at the MPSF Championships. Cross Country - Appeared in one race and was Oregon's No. 3 runner at the Beaver Classic. Season Bests: Outdoors - 800 Meters - 2:02.09 (PR), NCAA Championships, Des Moines, Iowa, (6/6/12). Indoors - 800 Meters - 2:05.13, MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash., (2/25/12).

2010-11: All-America 1st team (4x400 meter relay). All-America 2nd team (800 meters). Outdoors - Anchored Oregon's impressive school record in the 4x400 meter relay at the NCAA Championships. Squad won its semifinal heat in 3:31.04 to advance to the final, where it set the school record of 3:28.18 in a third-place finish. Also made her first NCAA appearance in the 800 meters. Was fourth in her semifinal in 2:05.29, but was 10th overall to earn 2nd team All-America honors. Impressive 800 meter times at the NCAA West Preliminary meet advanced her to the NCAA Championships. In the opening round, went 2:07.79 to win her heat before running an Oregon-best 2:03.12 in the quarterfinal. That was the seventh-fastest time in school history. Just as impressive was her performance in the 4x400 meters, where she anchored the Ducks to the second-fastest time at the West meet (3:33.63) to advance to the NCAA Championships. Anchored Oregon's winning 4x400 meter relay team that clinched the Pac-10 title in a meet record 3:29.63. Was also third in the 800 meters in a season-best 2:04.24. Was the runner-up and top collegian in an impressive 800 field at the Oregon Twilight (2:05.66). Timed 2:05.05 in the 800 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays. That was the ninth-fastest time in school history. Also helped the 4x400 meter relay win in the third-fastest time in school history (3:32.63). Won the 800 meters at the Pepsi Team Invitational in 2:06.66, clipping teammate Anne Kesselring by .01. Also anchored the winning 4x400 meter relay (3:36.87). Ran the open 400 at the Stanford Invitational in 54.63 and took the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay team (3:42.35). Took the third leg on the 4x400 meter relay team that set an Oregon Preview record in 3:44.85. Also ran the 1,500 meters. After the college season, advanced to the semifinals of the 800 meters at the USA Championships. Went 2:04.54 in the preliminaries to advance to the semifinals. Indoors - Scored for the 2011 NCAA Champions by anchoring the eighth-place 4x400 meter relay team (3:34.98). Also took 11th in the 800 meters in 2:07.16. Played an important role in Oregon's MPSF team championship by running the third leg on the 4x400 meter relay team that set a meet record in 3:35.44 (second fastest in school history). Also took third in the 800 meters in an indoor personal-best 2:04.93, the fourth-fastest time in school history. Ran 2:06.64 in a fourth-place 800 meter finish at the Tyson Invitational. Also took a leg on the 4x400 meter relay team that ran the fourth-best time in school history (3:36.77) at that meet. Was fourth in her heat of the 800 meters at the UW Invitational in 2:07.10. Also took the 800 leg on Oregon's winning distance medley relay team that set the Dempsey Indoor Facility record in 11:02.15. Was on the winning 4x400 relay team at the UW Invitational (3:38.68) as well. Ran the third-fastest 600 in school history (1:29.80) at the UW Indoor Preview in her Oregon debut. Also ran the anchor leg on the all-freshman 4x400 meter relay team (3:41.02). Cross Country - Redshirt season. Season Bests: Outdoors - 400 Meters - 54.63, Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif. (3/25/11); 800 Meters - 2:03.12, NCAA West Preliminary Meet, Eugene, Ore., (5/27/11). Indoors - 800 Meters - 2:04.93 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash., (2/26/11).

Prep: An Olympic Trials semifinalist (800 meters), IAAF World Junior Championships semifinalist (800) and 22-time North Dakota state champion. Dominated the North Dakota prep running scene for Fargo South High School. Won six straight state titles at 400 meters, five straight at 200 and 800 meters, four at 100 meters and also claimed a pair of cross country titles. As a senior, captured state crowns at 200 (24.90), 400 (53.25) and 800 (2:17.64) meters and was second in the 100 (12.38). The 400 mark was a meet record and the seventh-fastest among high schoolers in 2010. Went on to compete in the 800 meters at the USA Junior Track & Field Championships, where she was the runner-up in 2:05.80. Wrapped prep career at the 2010 IAAF World Championships, where she ran a season-best 2:04.34 in the semifinals, missing the final by .01. That was the No. 2 U.S. high school 800 time in the nation in 2010. From 2006 to 2009 won four straight North Dakota state titles at four different distances: 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and 800 meters. Was also the North Dakota cross country champion as a freshman and sophomore. Following her sophomore season, qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials, where she ran 2:04.03 in the preliminary round to qualify for the semifinals. Her personal best in the 800, 2:03.08, came a few weeks earlier at the Jim Bush Invitational in Los Angeles. Was the 2009 Nike Indoor National Champion at 800 meters despite the cancellation of North Dakota indoor track season due to extreme flooding in Fargo. Placed second in the 800 at the 2009 Junior USA Track & Field Championships in Eugene (2:07.41). High School Bests: 100 Meters - 11.90, 2008; 200 Meters - 24.01, 2010; 400 Meters - 53.25, 2010; 800 Meters - 2:03.08, 2008.

Personal: Major is psychology. Last name is pronounced RACE-ler.

Personal Bests

400 Meters - 53.25,
North Dakota State Meet,
Bismarck, N.D., 5/29/10

800 Meters - 2:00.23,
U.S. Championships,
Des Moines, Iowa, 6/23/13

NCAA Outdoor Track Championships
2013 – 800 Meters, 2nd, 2:00.98
2013 – 4x400 Meters, 4th, 3:28.24
2012 - 800 Meters, 4th, 2:02.96
2012 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 1st, 3:24.54
2011 - 800 Meters, s-4th, 2:05.29
2011 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 3rd, 3:28.18

NCAA Indoor Track Championships
2013 – 800 Meters, 2nd, 2:02.32
2013 – 4x400 Meters, 1st, 3:30.22
2012 - 800 Meters, s-8th, 2:10.62
2012 - Distance Medley Relay, 2nd, 11:05.85
2012 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 10th, 3:36.52
2011 - 800 Meters, 11th, 2:07.16
2011 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 8th, 3:34.98

Pac-12 Track Championships
2013 – 800 Meters, 1st, 2:06.51
2013 – 4x400 Meters, 10th, 3:42.59
2012 - 800 Meters, 1st, 2:05.13
2012 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 2nd, 3:32.59
2011 - 800 Meters, 3rd, 2:04.24 (Pac-10)
2011 - 4x400 Meter Relay, 1st, 3:29.63 (Pac-10)

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