Alex Merder
Alex Merder
Height: 5-11
Weight: 135
Year: So.
Hometown: Carlsbad, CA
High School: La Costa Canyon HS
Events: Distance
Experience: 1Y

2016-17 -- Cross Country: Began his redshirt freshman season by taking 17th place at the Lagoon Open around UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 3, with an 8k time of 25:42.78 to help the Mustangs earn a 19-40 Blue-Green Rivalry victory ... came in 90th place at the UC Riverside Invitational on Sept. 17 (at 25:39.5), 83rd at the Stanford Invite on Oct. 1 (25:26.6) and eighth at the Cal Poly Invitational hosted at Fairbanks Memorial Course in San Luis Obispo on Oct. 15 (28:34.0) ... in addition to making the Big West All-Academic Team, earned Conference Commissioner’s Highest Honors for academics.

2015-16 -- Track: Specializing in the mid-distance races as a true freshman, finished 20th in the 1,500 meters at the Big West Conference Championships on May 13 at Long Beach State, with a time of 4:11.98; his season-best performance, 3:55.52, came on April 23 at the Bulldog Invitational in Clovis (where he was third) ... also recorded an 800m time of 1:56.25 at the Big West Double Dual at UC Riverside on March 12. Cross Country: Competing unattached, finished 12th at the Cal Poly Invitational on Oct. 17, with an 8k time of 28:10.5.

Prep -- At La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, ran a 1,600-meter PR of 4:11.92 before going on to finish 11th at the CIF State Championships ... was the 2015 San Diego Section champion in the race ... also set a school record in the 800m, at 1:55.7 ... took 40th place at the state cross country meet for Division 2 as a senior, at 15:54 for the 5k ... chose Cal Poly because of the “great engineering program, the awesome location and the opportunity to compete in Division I cross country and track.”

Personal -- Born on Aug. 15, 1997 in Carlsbad ... son of Jeff and Becky ... has a sister, Tori, who also attends Cal Poly ... majors in biological sciences.