Cate Ratliff
Cate Ratliff
Height: 5-5
Year: RFr.
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
High School: Santa Cruz HS
Events: Distance
Experience: RS

2017-18 -- Cross Country: While redshirting, earned Big West Conference Commissioner’s Honors for academics.

2016-17 -- Track: Redshirted. Cross Country: Won the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year award after being the fastest first-year finisher at the conference championships in Hawai’i on Oct. 29 ... came in eighth place at the Big West Championships, with a 6k time of 21:56.4 at Kahuku Golf Course, helping the Mustangs win the title with 27 points (for a 45-point margin of victory that was the conference’s largest since 2006) ... earlier in her debut season, was 147th at the Adidas Pre-Nationals (at 21:49.5 in Terre Haute, Ind. on Oct. 15) after finishing 26th overall (fifth among freshmen) at the Stanford Invitational (21:39.3) on Oct. 1 ... closed the fall with a 48th-place time of 20:41.2 at her first career NCAA West Regional meet (Nov. 11 in Sacramento).

Prep -- Won the California state championship for cross country as a senior at Santa Cruz High School, posting a 5k time of 17:03.7 at the 2015 CIF meet at Woodward Park in Fresno — setting a new record for student-athletes from Division 4 schools in the 29-year history of the meet ... her top 5k time came earlier in the fall at the Stanford Invitational: a first-place 16:49.70 (which ranked No. 3 in the country at the time) ... went on to take 11th place at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore. (at 17:23.9), and finished ranked No. 21 in the country in MileSplitUSA’s Flo50 national rankings ... in January 2016, was awarded the Gatorade State Female Cross Country Runner of the Year honor ... also during her final fall with the Cardinals, won a second consecutive Central Coast Section championship, finishing with a 3-mile time of 17:04.4 in Belmont as her squad won the team crown at 44 points with coach Greg Brock ... at other points in 2015, ran the second-fastest 2.95-mile time in the 37-year history of the Crystal Springs Course, 16:42.5, and came within one second of breaking the 2.93-mile Pinto Lake Course record (clocking a performance of 16:31.0 en route to back-to-back Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League titles) ... another course record fell at Toro Park in Salinas, where she won the 3-mile Earlybird Invitational in 17 minutes flat ... in track season, came in ninth place in the 3,200 meters at the state championships as a junior (and 11th as a senior), clocking a PR of 10:25.92 ... was also the 2015 CCS champion in the event, at 10:27.10 ... was an honors student, and volunteered with a beach safety program as well as for Cal’s Lick Observatory ... also visited Cal and Washington; chose Cal Poly because of the “good academic selection, environment and happy people.”

Personal -- Born on July 17, 1998 in Orange County ... daughter of Christopher and Monica; has two brothers, John and Jim ... majors in Kinesiology and aspires to attend physical therapy school.