Fresno State: Brings youth to the squad and will provide a foundation for future years.
High School: Was a three-year letterwinner in cross country and track and field ? earned the Board of Trustees Excellence Award in cross country ? school record holder in the 5,000 meters ? cross country team captain in 1999 ? MVP in cross country in 1998 and 1999 ? coaches award in track in 1999 and MVP in 2000 ? qualified for the state championships in cross country and track in 1999 ? an all-league and all valley selection in cross country during the 1999 season ? personal bests: 5,000 meters (19:39); 3-Mile (18:58); Mile (5:24); 800 meters (2:26).
Personal: Born July 7, 1982, in Sanger, Calif. ? parents are Mark and Ester Mendoza ? sister is Vanessa ?enjoys reading, running, visiting with friends and listening to music ? lists her biggest athletic thrill as winning the Central Section Div. 2 Cross Country Championships in 1999 ? lists Marion Jones as her favorite athlete.