Career Notes:2010-11 BIG EAST Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete Award winner ... 2011 Captial One Academic All-District V First Team ... Two-time captain of both the men's cross country and track & field teams ... Marquette's top runner at all but one meet during the 2010 cross country season and MU's top finisher at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships and NCAA Great Lakes Regional in 2009 ... Competed at both the 2010 and 2011 BIG EAST Indoor Championships in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs ... Ran the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... Finished MU career seventh on MU's all-time top-10 list in the indoor 5,000 ... Recorded top finishes of 32nd (2010) and 27th (2009) in the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships and NCAA Great Lakes Regional, respectively.
2010: Marquette's top finisher in all but one meet during the cross country season ... Notched the best mark in his career at the BIG EAST Championships with a 32nd-place finish in 26:16.6 ... Placed 46th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in 31:30.0 ... Crossed the finish line in sixth place (25:25.8) at the Wisconsin Badger Classic to open the season on Friday, Sept. 3 ... Was 12th at the National Catholic Championships on Friday, Sept. 17 with a time of 25:18.
2009: Named the BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Sport Award winner for men's cross country...Was MU's top finisher at the Big East Championships (37th, 26.09) and NCAA Great Lakes Regional (27th, 31:52.25)...Finished in a season-best eighth place and recorded a season-best 8K time of 25:34.8 at the Midwest Collegiate Open.
2008: Cleland finished amongst the top two MU finishers at every cross country meet in the fall season...His top overall finish of fifth at the Big River Running Early Bird helped the men's team to an overall victory...His best time in the 8K came at the Notre Dame Invitational, where he ran a 24:48 race...Placed 35th at the BIG EAST Championships...Ran a 32:46.5 10K at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional to finish 61st.
2006-07:Did not compete on the cross country team.
High School: Cleland was a four-time letter winner as a member of the track team and earned three letters for cross country at Pike High School ... Placed 16th at the Indiana State Cross Country Meet as a junior and finished 10th in the 3,200m (9:23) as a senior ... Cleland also wrestled for three seasons and was a two-time state qualifier.
Personal:Cleland was born on December 10, 1987 and is the son of John and Judy Cleland ... He has two siblings Chris and Cecilia ... Cleland graduated in May of 2011 as a triple major in exercise science, theology and psychology with a 3.929 grade-point average ... SAAC Vice President.