UNLV: Transferred to UNLV after spending sophomore year at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (Los Angeles) ... Also attended Rio Hondo College (Whittier, Calif.).
2011 - Cross Country: Ran in six meets, including the Mountain West Championships and NCAA West Regional ... Best 4K time was 16:03 at the Nevada Twilight Classic ... Best 5K time was 19:37.6 at the Aztec Invite ... Best 6K time was 23:09.93 at the Northridge Invitational ... Finished 52nd (23:56.3) at the MWC Championships (6K) ... Finished 184th (23:33) at the NCAA West Regional (6K).
2011 - Los Angeles Trade Technical Track & Field: Ran in seven meets, including the South Coast Conference Championship, Southern California Championships and California State Championships ... Participated in the 1500m (once), 3000m (once), 5000m (three times) and 10,000m races (four times) ... Ran the 1500m in 5:03.99 at the Beach Invitational ... Ran the 3000m in 11:19.09 at the Rossi Relays ... Fastest 5000m time was 18:34.05 at the Southern California Championships ... Fastest 10,000m time was 38:55.52 at the California State Championships.
2010 - Los Angeles Trade Technical Cross Country: Ran in four meets, including the California Community College Athletic Association Cross Country State Championships.
2009 - Rio Hondo Track & Field: Ran in eight meets, including the Foothill Conference Championships and Southern California Championships ... Participated in the 800m (once), 1500m (three times), 3000m (twice), 5000m (three times), 2 mile (once) ... Ran the 800m in 2:49.49 at the Occidental Distance Carnival ... Fastest 1500m time was 5:10.75 at the Coast Classic Track & Field Invitational ... Ran the 3000m in a time of 12:04.41 at a three team meet ... Fastest 5000m time was 19:20.11 at the Foothill Conference Championships ... Ran the 2 mile in 12:11.71 at the RCC Team Open.
2008 - Rio Hondo Cross Country: Ran in three meets, including the Southern California Championships and the California Community College Championships.
High School: A 2008 graduate of Schurr HS in Montebello, Calif. ... Lettered two years in cross country, track & field, water polo and swimming ... Led the Spartans to two Almont League cross country championships (2006 and '07) and one CIF appearance ... Named the "Rookie of the Year" in 2006 by the Almont League and a year later earned MVP honors ... Earned most improved honors by team ... Helped the Spartans to two second-place track & field finishes in conference play ... In swimming, the team won the Almont League in 2006 and finished second in 2005 ... Named the 2006 Almont League's MVP in swimming and water polo.
Personal: Melissa Cortes was born on Jan. 1, 1990, in Los Angeles ... The daughter of Jesus Cortes and Rosa Bravo ... Has one brother, Diego ... Majoring in communication.