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Joe Darda
Joe Darda

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Ellensburg, Wash.

High School:
Ellensburg

Event:
Distances

Experience:
1V

Former Top-10 state finisher has competed at each of the past three Sundodger Invitationals.

2007-08: Placed 57th and 12th among UW runners at the Sundodger in his only race of the season ... did not compete during track season.

2006-07: Competed in the 3000 and 5000 meters in the outdoor track season, lowering his personal bests in both events ... competed three times during 2006 cross country season, debuting at the Sundodger Invitational with a time of 25:32, 57th overall and 10th among Huskies ... also ran at the Willamette Invitational, finishing fifth among Huskies, and the Mike Hodges Invitational, placing second among Washington finishers.

2005-06: Redshirted the 2005 fall season to preserve a year of eligibility ... made unofficial collegiate debut in unattached run at the Sundodger Invitational, placing 49th overall ... redshirted both the indoor and outdoor track seasons ... ran unattached three times indoors, once each in the mile, 3000m and 5000m.

High School and Personal: Born in San Francisco, Calif. ... parents are Patty and Dave ... has two younger brothers, Zack and Sam ... won district meet as senior before placing eighth at state ... set 5000m cross country PR of 16:02 at 2004 state meet ... placed 27th at prestigious Border Clash cross country competition in 2004 ... was named the Mid Valley League's 2004 Cross Country Athlete of the Year ... also earned all-state honors as a senior, and was a three-time first-team All-MVL honoree ... a three-time state cross country championships participant ... earned three top-10 regional finishes during his prep career ... earned six high school letters, and served as cross country team captain in each of his final three seasons ... also lettered in soccer in 2003 ... graduated with a 3.928 GPA.

Collegiate Best Marks:
Mile.......4:28.08i
3000m....... 9:11.08i/8:51.00
5000m.......15:45.38i/15:06.90
8000m (XC).......25:18

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