Personal Bests (as of June 2014):
300: 41.66 (No. 8 all-time at MU)
400: 57.09 (No. 5 all-time at MU/Freshman Record)
500: 1:17.26 (No. 8 all-time at MU)
400: 55.43 (No. 2 all-time/Freshman Record)
All-BIG EAST (outdoor 400 meters and 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay)
Academic All-BIG EAST
Outdoor (Fr.): Competed in the 200- and 400-meter races ... Set a freshman record in the 400, a mark that ranks second in MU history, with a time of 55.43 seconds at the Mt. SAC Relays (April 18) ... She had her best finish in the 400, taking home first place, at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational (March 29) with a time of 58.32 ... Earned All-BIG EAST Conference honors at the league meet with a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash (55.68 seconds) and the same placement as part of the women's 4x400-meter relay.
Indoor (Fr.): Competed in the 60 metersthrough the500 meters during the 2013-14 indoor campaign... Made her collegiate debut at the Notre Dame Blue & Gold Invitational (Dec. 6) where she finished eighth, recorded a personal best and the No. 8 spot in the 500 meters with a time of 1:17.26... Placed third, earned herself the No. 8 spot on the program's all-time list in the 300 meters at the UWM Triangular (Feb. 17) with a time of 41.66... Notched a freshman record and the No. 5 spot on the program's all-time list in the 400 meters at the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 8) with a time of 57.09... Qualified for the BIG EAST Championship (Feb. 22) in the 400 meters where she finished fourth with a time of 57.21.
High School: Strong earned four varsity letters in track and field and basketball at Walter Lutheran High School... Was co-captain of the track and field team her junior and senior years... Won one conference and three sectional titles in the 400-meter dash during her high school career... Finished second at the state finals meet as a sophomore in the 400-meter dash and was third the other three years... Earned all-conference and all-state honors... Helped her basketball team to four regional titles, three sectional titles, one super sectional title a fourth-place finish in the state tournament... Ran for Zephyrs Track Club... Took fifth place at the national championship meet.
Personal: Born in Chicago, Ill. to Harry and Sonequa Strong... Has three siblings, including twin sister Arra Strong, also a 2013 Marquette signee ... Father played football at Eastern Illinois University... Majors in English.
BIG EAST Indoor Championships
400-meter dash: 4th (57.21 seconds; prelim-57.14)
4x400-meter relay: 4th (3:48.28; third leg w/Kemmerer, Homan and Hein)
BIG EAST Outdoor Championships
400-meter dash:3rd (55.68seconds; prelim-55.94)
4x100-meter relay: 3rd (47.80 seconds; second leg w/Kemmerer, Arra Strong and Schuh)
4x400-meter relay: 3rd (3:444.67; third leg w/Kemmerer, Homan and Hein)