NEW MEXICO:Veteran distance runner who has been rejuvenated after redshirting all of the 2008-09 cross country and track seasons...2006 Mountain West Conference Women's Cross Country Freshman of the Year and enters the 2009 season in the best shape of her career...has scored in all 10 career XC races.
2008-09: (outdoor/indoor/cross country) Redshirted all three seasons.
2007-08: (outdoor) Raced 7 times...ranked 5th on the team (19th MWC) in the 5,000 with a career-best time of 17:49.73 at Cal...Lobos No. 4 1,500 runner (4:53.01 - altitude adjusted)...runner-up in the 5K at the Don Kirby Invite in Albuquerque.
2006-07: (outdoor) Raced 3 times...won the 3,000m at Arizona and ranked third on the team with a season-best 5,000m time of 17:55.67 at San Diego.
(cross country) Was the team's No. 3 runner in all five meets...notched a pair of top-20 finishes, including an 18th place (22:24.4) effort at the MWC Championships en route to MWC Freshman of the Year honors...was 11th in her collegiate debut at home in the Lobo Invitational...season-best 6K time of 22:08 at Stanford (35th)...40th at the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships in Albuquerque.
HIGH SCHOOL:A 2006 graduate of Albuquerque Cibola High School...Albuquerque Public Schools Athlete of the Year in '06...two-time Albuquerque Tribune Girls Cross Country Athlete of the Year...5A state, district and city cross country champion as a senior...won seven of her eight races in 2005, including the New Mexico-Arizona Border Wars and Lobo Invitational meets...broke the Albuquerque Academy course record at the city meet with a time of 18:34 and her time of 18:29 was the fastest by a girl of any class at the state meet...finished third at the state meet as a junior and fourth as a sophomore...won back-to-back state titles in the 3,200-meter run on the track as a junior and senior (11:09.13)...runner-up in the 1,600 (5:09.90) in '06...clocked a PR time of 11:03 in the 3,200 as a senior and was third at the Great Southwest Classic (11:08.52).
PERSONAL:Born in Albuquerque, N.M...full name is Vanessa Diane Ortiz...daughter of Harold and Janet Ortiz...has an older brother, Brian and older sister, Valerie...major is English with a minor in Business Administration.