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    Paulina Garcia
    Paulina Garcia


    Streamwood, Ill.

    High School:


    2009: Participated in seven events and finished among team's top five in all events ... Finished with Northwestern's third-best individual time in four events ... Season-best 5K time was 18:57 at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invite (10/3) ... Finished 10th overall at the Huskie Open (5K) (9/12) and 68th overall at the Big Ten Championships (11/1) ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2008: Participated in six meets ... Finished first on the team and 13th overall at the Illini 5K (19:48) ... Also placed 13th overall at the Mississippi State 5K on 9/20 (20:16.09) ... Came in ninth on the team at the Big Ten Championships (24:46.6).

    2007: Finished in the team's top four in all seven races this season, which she ran ... Season best 5k time of 18:51.08 came at the Illinois Intercollegiates (9/14), which earned a 22nd-place finish overall ... Most consistent 6k times of the team, running times of 22:11, 22:19 and 22:22 in the Big Ten Championships, the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships and the Bradley Classic, respectively ... Fourteenth place at the UIC Home Opener with a two-mile time of 12:05 ... Sprinted to the finish at the adidas Invitational in 18:58, 62nd overall.

    2006: Made an immediate impact her freshman season, placing among the 'Cats' top-finishers in every race she ran in ... Started season with an 11th place finish at the 6K Chuck Carroll Invitational (9/8) ... Turned in 11th place finish at the Toledo Invitational (9/16) ... NU's fourth-highest finisher at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational (9/3), placing 30th with a time of 18:52 ... Top 6K time of the year was 23:24 in the open race of the Pre-National Invitational (10/14).

    High School: Named Streamwood High School's Athlete of the Year ... Four-year letterwinner on both the cross country and track & field teams ... Placed first as a sophomore in the 3-mile at the Illinois State Cross Country Finals with a record time of 16:48 and was an all-state selection at the IHSA State Track and Field finals, placing sixth in the 3200m with a time of 11:06 ... Seventh at the 2002 State Cross Country finals as a freshman ... Has personal best times of 16:48 in the 3-mile, 4:45 in the 1500m, 10:51 in the 3200m and 10:30 in the 3000m ... Member of the Elgin Sharks track Club from 2001-04 where she led the Sharks to a second place finish at the 2003 AAU nationals in Kentucky and a third place finish at the AAU Nationals in Ohio. ... An academic all-conference selection as a junior and senior ... Also considered the University of Texas.

    Personal: Born Paulina Garcia ... Daughter of Pablo and Maria Gloria Garcia ... Majoring in learning and organizational change.