FSU Track & Field BIO
Carmela Cardama Baez
Player Profile:
Carmela Cardama Baez 2440351
Position: Distance
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Vigo, Spain
High School: IES do Castro

PERFORMANCE PROFILE

Florida State's No. 1 cross country performer for the second consecutive season, capped by her first NCAA Championships appearance this pas fall...will make her track & field debut after missing both the indoor and outdoor seasons due to injury...a two-time All-ACC and All-South Region honoree in cross country.

2016 Cross Country: Spaniard was FSU's No. 1 runner in all seven meets during the fall, demonstrating significant improvement from her freshman season...opened year with a win at Covered Bridge Open to earn ACC Performer of the Week honors...was runner-up at adidas XC Challenge in 16:53., 5k)...placed 17th at loaded Notre Dame Invitational (16:45.3)...raced with the elite at the Wisconsin Invitational, placing 23rd (20:39.6, 6k)...secured All-ACC honors with seventh place finish at conference championship (20:09.6) in a PB 6k time...punched her ticket to her first NCAA Championships by placing third at NCAA South Region (20:13.1) on her home course...was 73rd at cross country nationals...served as team co-captain with Madison Harris.

2015-16
Cross Country: Closed her first season with a flurry as the team's No. 1 runner in each of the final three meets...placed 11th at NCAA South Region Championship, narrowly missing an individual at-large NCAA Championships spot for the fourth-place Noles...finished ninth on her home course at the ACC Championships; the fifth freshman behind four seniors...claimed top spot for Noles (62nd) at the Adidas Wisconsin Invitational. 

Before FSU: Qualified for Spain’s 2015 World Cross Country Championships team...won Spain’s Junior National Cross Country title in 2014; second in 2015...represented Spain and finished 40th at the 2014 European Junior Cross Country Championships...placed third in 5000 at 2015 European Junior Championships in personal-best 16:23.81...is her home country's 2015 Junior National Outdoor Champion in the 5000 and 3000...has personal-bests of 4:25.99 (1500) and 9:31.6 (3000).

Personal: Outstanding student who plans to major in psychology at Florida State...earn All-ACC Academic and USTFCCCA All-Academic cross country honors as freshman at FSU...graduate of IES do Castro where her academic succes earned her International Baccalaureate honors...born December 4, 1996.
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