2004 Cross Country: Competed in one race for the Jackets ... Finished 89th overall and was 2nd among Tech runners with a time of 20:53 at the Auburn Invitational.
In 2003-04: Ran the 800 meters for Tech during the outdoor season ... Finished 14th at the Outdoor ACC Championships with a season-best time of 2:16.04 ... Had an 11th-place finish at the Yellow Jacket Invitational with a time of 2:16.10 ... Placed 11th at the Orange & Purple Classic ... Ran a leg of the Distance Medley Relay team that posted a season-best time of 12:04.63 at the FSU Relays ... Tallied a season-best time of 1:03.98 in the 400 at the Clemson Invitational ... Finished 27th in the 800 (2:23.02) at the Gator Invitational.
In 2002-03: Did not compete for the Jackets.
High School: Four-sport athlete at Hampton-Dumont High School...Four-time letterwinner in track for coach Steve Huling...Earned all-state, all-district and all-county honors in the 400-meter hurdles and 4x800 all four years of high school...Won 2000 Iowa state title in the 400 hurdles...Holds school records in the 400 hurdles and as a member of the distance medley relay...Also played volleyball, basketball and softball...Team captain for volleyball and basketball as a senior...Earned fourth-team all-state and first-team all-conference honors in softball as a junior...Garnered honorable mention all-conference honors in softball (sophomore, senior years), volleyball (junior, senior) and basketball (senior)...Honor Roll student and member of National Honor Society...Vice president of Future Business Leaders...Active in DECA, Model United Nations and Drama Club...Also member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Future Teachers of America...NYLC and Girls' State selection.
Personal: Misty Raye Dirksen...Daughter of Sam and Cindy Dirksen...Born June 11, 1983, in Mason City, Iowa...Majoring in public policy.
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