Wildcats entered challenging meets at Notre Dame, U of Chicago
2014: Rounded out an excellent sophomore season by finishing in NU's top-two in all five races she ran ... Earned NCAA All-Midwest Region honors by placing 16th at the regional meet with a time of 20:43.3 ... Recorded her best 6K time of 20:42.0 at the Big Ten Championships, which put her at the top among Wildcats and 22nd overall (Nov. 2) ... Paced the Wildcats at the Notre Dame Invitational by recording a season-best 5K time of 16:45.9, finishing first on the team and 20th overall (Oct. 3) ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2013: Participated in six races in a significant first season with the Wildcats ... Ran in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships and posted a 6K time of 22:02.1, finishing fifth for the Wildcats and 94th overall ... Also appeared in the Big Ten Championships (23:14.9) ... Recorded a season-best 5K time of 18:12.1 at the Notre Dame Invitational, placing third on the team and 71st in the field (Oct. 4).
High School: Four-year letterwinner in both cross country and track and field ... Two-time California North Coast section D-I cross country champion in 2011 and 2012, earning first-team All-State honors in both years ... Two time East Bay Athletic League 3,200-meter champion (2011, 2012) ... Personal records include 2:20.8 in the 800-meter, 4:59.72 in the 1,600-meter and 10:40.21 in the 3,200-meter ... Ran a 16:58 three-mile and a 17:39 5K in cross country ... Helped Amador Valley qualify for California Cross Country state meet in 2011 and 2012 ... Team captain for track and field ... Four-time team MVP ... Four-time AVHS Scholar-Athlete for cross country and track and field.
Personal: Born Jena Estelle Pianin ... Daughter of Ronni and Jerrold Pianin ... Chose Northwestern overall Cornell ... Majoring in history with a minor in business institutions.