Preparing to compete in cross country for the first time with the Seminoles…expected to be one of the top performers following a strong summer of training…was a late arrival to FSU in the fall of 2016 after representing her native Bulgaria in the marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games…required to sit out the cross country season last fall…competed on the track both indoors and outdoors last year.
Cross Country: Sat out as required by NCAA. Indoors: Saw action in four meets, including the ACC Championships…registered SBs of 5:00.23 (mile), 9:43.30 (3000) and 17:05.39 (5000)…top finish was 11th in the 5000 in her season-best at the ACC Championships. Outdoors: Competed in six meets while varying her competitive menu between the 1500 and 5000…registered her SB 5000 at the Seminole Twilight (16:42.46), where she finished third and earn a spot on the ACC Championships roster…top 1500 (4:36.70) came in the outdoor opener at the Yellow Jacket Invitational.
Has represented Bulgaria on the national and international stage for years…finished 30th at the European Cross Country Championships in December 2016…was 108th at the Olympic Games in the marathon…set Bulgarian junior national record in the 5000m (16:35.13) in 2013…silver medalist at the 2014 European U23 cross country championships in homeland…was eighth at 2015 European U23 Championships in the 10,000…finished seventh at the European Mountain Championships…list of impressive personal-bests include: 2:10.48 (800); 4:20.18 (1500); 9:21.42 (3000); 16:26.47 (5000); 34:03.59 (10,000); 10:21.43 (3k steeplechase); 76:54 (half marathon) and 2:44.23 (marathon)…transfer student from the International Business School…pursuing a degree in social science…born May 24, 1994.