Erika Veidis
Erika Veidis
Height: 5-8
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Sparta, N.J.
High School: Sparta HS
Previous College: Harvard
Events: Distance
Experience: TR

2015-16 -- Cross Country: Was consistently one of the Mustangs’ top runners throughout her first fall with the program ... began the season with an eighth-place finish at the UC Santa Barbara-hosted Lagoon Open on Sept. 5, completing the 5K course in 18:32.97 — part of a dominant 17-43 dual win over the Gauchos ... was 32nd at the Stanford Invitational on Sept. 26, with a 6K time of 21:45.4 ... came in 15th place at the Big West Championships at UC Riverside’s Ag/Ops Course on Oct. 31, at 21:16.63, helping to lead the squad to the conference title with a score of 39 points ... closed out the year with a 119th-place time of 22:28.7 at the NCAA West Regional meet in Seattle on Nov. 13.

Harvard -- Graduated Magna Cum Laude in government after serving as a team captain for the Crimson ... to culminate the 2014 outdoor track season, earned All-America Second Team honors in the 800 meters by finishing 16th at the NCAA Championships ... her career best came at the 2013 East Regional meet, at 2:04.68 ... altogether between the indoor & outdoor seasons, earned three Ivy League crowns and qualified for three national championship meets ... broke school records in six events: the 500 (at 1:13.28), the 1,000 (2:46.71), both distance medleys, and the 1,600 & 3,200 relays ... also had a PR of 4:21.05 in the 1,500 ... in cross country, ran the 5K in 18:35.0 ... chose Cal Poly as her destination to compete while pursuing grad school because of its “excellent coaches, beautiful location and incredible running trails.”

Prep -- At Sparta High School, clocked an 800 performance of 2:08.53, and won the 2011 New Jersey Meet of Champions title in the event ... added a lifetime best in the 400 of 55.11 seconds, a Sussex County record ... served as team captain, and in all earned five different all-league accolades ... graduated as a five-time program record-holder on an individual basis, in addition to contributing to seven program relay standards ... was class valedictorian, and belonged to the French National Honor Society, as well as the Latvian Youth Organization and American Latvian Association.

Personal -- Born on Nov. 24, 1992 in New York City ... daughter of John (a former volleyball player at Syracuse) and Mara (a competitive figure skater and runner) ... has two brothers: Nikolajs and Nils ... is now an MBA student ... in addition to the goal of professional running, aspires to work in the fields of foreign diplomacy, government policy or entrepreneurship.