Michael Meissner
Michael Meissner
Height: 5-7
Weight: 165
Year: Senior
Hometown: Cottage Grove, Minn
High School: UW-River Falls
Position: Sprints
Major: Political Science
Last School: University of Wisconsin-River Falls

2011 Indoor: Posted new school marks in three events during the indoor season for the Upstate men's track and field team...Recorded the first of his three school marks in the indoor season at the Orange and Purple Classic (12/4/10) in the 300-meter dash, posting a time of 36.04...His time of 36.04 was good enough for an eighth-place finish in the event...Set two school records at the Niswonger Invitational (2/5/11)...Set his first of two school marks at the Niswonger in the 200-meter dash, clocking a time of 22.83 for a fifth-place finish in the event...Recorded a new school-record in the 400-meter dash later that same day at the Niswonger Invitational, recording a time of 50.05 for an eighth-place finish in the event.

2010 Outdoor: Competed in the 400-meter dash, 400-meter hurdles, 400-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay at the A-Sun Championships...Set a new school record in the 400 meters, posting a 48.51 (5/15), which bested his previous career mark of 49.14 (4/28) that he set at the USC Upstate Invitational and also helped him claim an individual championship in the event...Part of a 400-meter relay team that posted a school-record and first-place finish Claimed A-Sun Track Athlete of the Week accolades after his performance his two wins at the USC Upstate Invitational...Claimed victories in the 400-meter dash, posting a time of 49.14 (4/23), while also being a member of the 4x400-relay team by contributing to the time of 3:28.16 (4/23), as Meissner ran the final leg of the race... Contributed to the Spartans setting a new school record in the 1,600 meter relay, as he was part of a unit that posted a time of 3:24.73 time in the 1,500-meter relay, which was good enough for a seventh-place finish...Claimed first-place in the 400-meter dash at the Furman Invitational (4/10), with a time of 50.26...Also claimed a second place finish in the 200-meter dash at the Furman Invitational (4/10), with a time of 22.63.

 2009-10 Indoor: Posted a time of 51.89 en route to a 13th-place finish in the 400-meter dash at the Clemson Invitational (1/29/10)...Set a new school mark with his seventh-place finish in the 400-meter dash at the Atlantic Sun Championships (2/27/10), finishing with a time of 50.14...Set a new school record in the 200-meter by posting a time of 23.32 at the Niswonger Invitational (1/22)

2009 Outdoor: Competed in the 400-meter dash, 400-meter hurdles, 400-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay at the A-Sun Championships (5/15)...Set the school record in the 400-meter dash in 49.51, earning points for the Spartans with a fifth-place finish ... Also helped the men earn a school-record time in the 400-meter relay at 43.19 (5/15) ... Took second-place in the 400 meters at the Furman Invitational in a time of 50.38 and a fourth-place in the 100 meters (11.31), marking his personal-best time in the event (4/11) ... Earned his best time in the 200 meters in 22.79 at the Clemson Orange & Purple Classic (5/9) ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team.

2008-09 Indoor: Set a new school record of 51.08 seconds while finishing seventh-overall in the 400-meter dash at the A-Sun Championships (2/20)... Was also a member of the men’s distance medley team and 1,600-meter relay team at the meet ... Earned a personal-best time in the 200-meter dash with a finish of 23.67 seconds at the Carolina Invitational (2/13) ... Finished third in the 300-meter dash, setting a school record with a time of 37.05 seconds, and sixth in the 60-meter dash at the Clemson Games (1/31) ... Also saw action in the 500-meter dash at the Clemson Games ... Ran the 200-meter dash at the Appalachian Invite, where he led all Upstate men with a time of 23.79 seconds (12/5).

Before USC Upstate: Lettered one year in track and field at the University of Wisconsin River Falls … Competed in the 55-meter dash and 200-meter dash in the indoor season and the 100 and 200 meters in outdoor … Was named Rookie of the Year ... Earned track and field athlete of the week once at the school ... Spent four years in the military before going to UW River Falls ... Joined the Air Force Reserves in Charleston and spent eight months in Iraq before coming to Upstate.

Personal: Born Dec. 31, 1982 ... Son of Kimberly Peterson ... Has one brother, Matt ... Favorite food is Italian ... Favorite movie is "Rudy" ... Enjoys anything outdoors ... Favorite quote is "Nothing is worth more than today."

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