Georgia Tech held spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday at McCamish Pavilion
:Indoor: Registered a career-best time in the mile of 5:05.77 at the Commodore Invitational … Competed in the 3000m at the ACC Championships, crossing the line with a time of 9:57.80. Outdoor: Finished ninth in the 1500m at the Yellow Jacket invitational with a lifetime-best performance of 4:36.64 … Took fourth at the Penn Relays in the 10,000m with a time of 34:50.77 … Finished fifth in the 10,000m at the ACC Championships, earning All-ACC second team honors.
2016 Cross Country:
Raced in three meets … finished sixth in the head-to-head meet with Kennesaw State with a 5k time of 18:48.3 … also raced at the Roy Griak Invitational and at the NCAA South Regionals.
Indoor: Finished 16th in the 3000m at the Music City Challenge with a personal-best time of 9:51.66 … Finished seventh in the 3000m at the Commodore Invitational with a time of 10:01.51. Outdoor: Won the 5000m event at the Tiger Track Classic with a time of 17:07.95 … Finished eighth in the 10k at the Penn Relays with a time of 35:14.56 … Finished 15th in the 10k at the ACC Outdoor Championships with a time of 37:45.55.
2015 Cross Country:
Competed in five events during the 2015 season … Won the JSU/Struts Invitational with a 4k time of 14:38.6 … Finished 60th at the Commodore Classic with a 5k time of 18:12.5 … Finished 84th at the ACC Championships with a time of 22:21.4.
Indoor: Finished fourth in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:56.87 at the Samford University Invitational … Improved that time to a career-best 9:52.73 at the ACC Championships. Outdoor: Placed eighth at the Raleigh Relays in the 10,000 meters with a PR time of 34:48.56 … Ran the 10,000 meters at the Penn Relays and placed eighth … Logged a PR in the 5,000 meters (16:52.71) at the Georgia Tech Invite for eighth place … Recorded a PR in the 1,500m (4:37.51) at the Georgia Spec Towns Invite.
2014 Cross Country:
A top five point scorer for Georgia Tech in all six meets ... Recorded a season-best 5K at the Florida Mountain Dew Invitational with a time of 17:45 ... Placed second for the Yellow Jackets at the Upstate Invitational (18:01) ... Finished with a 6K time of 21:48 at the ACC Championships ... Ran a career-best 6K at the NCAA South Regionals with a time of 21:18.
Indoor: Ran the mile in 5:12.56 at the Southern Miss Cupid Classic ... Tallied a time of 10:12.78 in the 3,000 meters at the Samford Invite ... Ran a season-best 5,000 meters in her first collegiate race in a time of 17:45.39 at the Vanderbilt Invite. Outdoor: Set personal bests in the 1,500 meters (4:47.13), 5,000 meters (17:20.53) and 10,000 meters (36:02.97).
2013 Cross Country:
Finished third for Georgia Tech at the Louisville Classic 5K with a season-best time of 18:36 ... Also finished the NCAA South Regional with a personal-best 6K time of 21:58.
Lettered all four years of high school in cross country and in one year of track under coach Marie Domin ... Member of state championship-winning cross country teams in 2009 & 2011 ... Named all-region in cross country freshman through senior year, and all-state her senior year ... Winner of the region individual cross country championship in 2011 & 2012 ... Holder of the US Association of Track & Field Junior Olympics South Carolina state record in the 3000m (10:45; 2013) ... Graduated in the top one percent of her class and was named a National AP Scholar ... Also active in National Honor Society, Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta.
Full name is Melissa Mayer Fairey ... Born July 25, 1995 in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. to Wayne and Linda Fairey ... Sister to Anna, Caitlyn and Kristin ... Ran her first 5K at the age of six ... Chose Tech because of the engineering program, track and cross country program and location ... Majors in mechanical engineering.