Julia Merritt
Julia Merritt
Height: 5-7
Year: So.
Hometown: Bel Air, Md.
High School: Bel Air
Events: Mid Distance
Major: Criminal Justice

Personal Records (XC):
5K: 22:05.2 (CACC Championships – 2017)
6K: 21:56.1 (Chili Pepper Festival – 2018)

2018 (XC): Ran in six events her sophomore year – ran a new 6K personal best at the Chili Pepper Cross Country Festival in 21:56.1 – ran a season’s best 5K in 22:58.1 at the CACC Championship, finishing 40 overall – ran at the NCAA Division II East Regional Championship in a time of 26:35.20, placing 122nd overall – finished in 17th place at the WUXC Invite with a time of 23:48.4 – ran the Philly Metro in 23:22.2 to finish 43rd overall – competed in the 6K Don Cathcart Invitational, finishing with a time of 25:42.04 to place 52nd overall.

2017 (XC): Competed in all seven events her freshman year as a Wildcat – season’s best 5K came at the CACC Championships with a time of 22:05.2, where she finished 34th overall – ran her season’s best 6k in 27:21.6 at the NCAA Division II Regional Championships – finished 24th at the Philly Metro – ran a 24:47.76 at the Don Cathcart Invite – finished ninth at the WUXC Invite with a time of 22:56.23 – also competed in the UD Invitational #1 and the UD Blue and Gold Invite.

High School: Ran two seasons of cross country and four years of indoor and outdoor track at Bel Air High School – was a member of the cross country team that advanced to states in both 2015 and 2016 – helped lead the 4x200 relay team to a State Championship as a sophomore and junior – helped lead the 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams to the State Championship as a senior – 4x200 relay team set a new school record – named the indoor and outdoor track and field captain as a senior – honor roll student.

Personal: Julia M. Merritt – daughter of April Kramer and Mark Merritt – the oldest with four siblings: Mark, Briana, Cielo, and Gabriel – cousin, Kaitlin Ayres, played lacrosse at Hofstra University (2012-14) – majoring in criminal justice at Wilmington University – from Abington, Md. – favorite athlete is Usain Bolt – also enjoys hiking, spike ball, and basketball – the perfectly prepared meal would be steak and asparagus with a chocolate milkshake – considers her old coach, Sharon Pickett, and her sister Briana, her role models in life – greatest piece of advice se has received is to “Run your race” – ultimate achievement would be to go to outer space.