Alex Merder
Alex Merder
Height: 5-11
Weight: 135
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Carlsbad, CA
High School: La Costa Canyon HS
Events: Distance
Experience: 2Y

2017-18 -- Cross Country: Helped lead the Mustangs to the Big West title on Oct. 28 in Riverside, as he finished 15th at the conference championships, posting an 8k performance of 25:00.5 while Cal Poly won the trophy with 29 points ... continued postseason at the NCAA West Regional in Seattle on Nov. 10 with a 96th-place 10k of 31:30.2 ... began fall with a 12th-place meet of 26:09.20 at the Blue-Green Rivalry Dual vs. UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 2, as the Mustangs dominated the Lagoon Open 17-44 ... took fourth place at the Fresno XC Invitational on Sept. 9 via a 4-mile performance of 20:51.1, before adding a 56th-place 24:33.2 at the Oregon Invitational on Sept. 29, in 24:33.2 ... was selected as Cal Poly’s male Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year — making him one of only 18 individuals among almost 2,500 student-athletes throughout the conference to be so honored at the banquet at Wyndham Hotel in Garden Grove on March 8.

2016-17 -- Track: Ran a career-best 3:53.61 in the 1,500 meters at the dual meet vs. UCSB on April 29, taking second place while helping the Mustangs pick up a 110-88 team win over the Gauchos ... went on to finish sixth in the 1,500m final at the Big West Conference Championships on May 13 hosted by Cal State Fullerton, in 3:59.00 ... also posted a PR in the 5,000 meters — 14:58.54 — at the Long Beach State Invitational on April 14, finishing seventh ... again earned Big West All-Academic status, in addition to being selected for conference commissioner’s Highest Honors academically. Cross Country: Began his redshirt freshman season by taking 17th place at the Lagoon Open around UCSB on Sept. 3, with an 8k time of 25:42.78 to help the Mustangs earn a 19-40 victory ... came in 90th place at the UCR Invite on Sept. 17 (at 25:39.5), 83rd at the Stanford Invitational 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 LBSU, 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; sister Tori also attended Cal Poly ... majors in Biological Sciences.