Northwestern continues spring trend of personal bests in final meet
2012: Competed in five events her senior season ... After posting 5K times of 18:40 and 18:38 in her first two 5K meets of the season, recorded a career-best time of 18:16.70 to finish ninth overall at the Northern Illinois Open on Nov. 2 ... Finished second for the 'Cats with a 6K time of 21:57 at the Bradley Classic (Oct. 12) ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (3.7 GPA or above) and Academic All-Big Ten.
2011: Competed in six meets as a junior, posting a season-best 5K time of 18:42 at the Illini Open ... Also dropped below the 19-minute mark in the Forester Invite (18:55), where she was second among NU finishers and third overall ... Only 6K performance of the year came in the B division of the highly competitive Wisconsin Invite, where she crossed in 23:33.
2010: Competed in one meet, posting a time of 18:34 at the 5K Illini Open.
2009: Participated in three events ... Led Northwestern's split squad at the Forester Invitational, finishing the 5K event in a season-best time of 20:10 (9/26) ... Also ran sub-21 minutes at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational.
High School: Four-year varsity member of cross country and track teams at Loyola School, where she holds school records in the 1,500-meter, 1,600-meter, 3,200-meter, 4K and 5K events ... Finished seventh in the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Cross Country Championships in 2008 ... Placed seventh in the NYSAIS 1,500-meter race in track ... 2008 3,000-meter champion in the Girls Independent School Athletic League (GISAL) ... Helped Loyola win GISAL cross country titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and track titles in 2008 and 2009 ... Team MVP in sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
Personal: Born Janelle Alyssa Li-A-Ping ... Daughter of Thomas and Angela Li-A-Ping ... Brother Brian runs track for Princeton ... Chose Northwestern over Villanova, Loyola (Maryland) and St. Joseph's ... Attended same high school as Wellington Mara, former owner of the New York Giants ... Majoring in journalism with a minor in film & media studies.