Mara Olson
Mara Olson
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
High School: St. Louis Park
Position: Middle Distance

•Received the 2011-12 Frank "Pop" Hedden Award as Butler's Most Outstanding Freshman Female Student-Athlete.
•2011 Horizon League Cross Country Newcomer of the Year.
•Horizon League Cross Country, Second Team All-League, 2011.
•2011-12 Horizon League Indoor Track Newcomer of the Year.

2012 Outdoor Track
-  Mike Poehlein Invitational - 3000 Steeplechase (11:22.66)
-  Mt. Sac Relays - 1500 (4:21.32)
-  Stan Lyons Invitational - 800 (2:15.86)
-  Horizon League Outdoor Championship - 800 (2:14.99); 1500 (4:37.71)
-  GVSU Last Chance - 1500 (4:30.41)

2011-12 Indoor Track
-  Blue and Gold Invitational - 800 (2:20.76)
-  Hoosier Invitational - Mile (4:48.67)
-  Gladstein Invitational - Mile (4:50.36)
-  Indiana Relays - 800 (2:13.87)
-  Meyo Invitational - Mile (4:52.40)
-  Husky Classic - Mile (4:50.34)
-  EIU Friday Night Special - 800 (2:12.71)
-  Horizon League Indoor Championship - 800 (2:13.13, 2nd place); Mile (4:49.35)

2011 Cross Country
-  Illini Challenge - 1st (14:45)
-  Indiana Intercollegiate Meet - 14th (18:27)
-  Notre Dame Invitational - 181st (19:21)
-  Bradley Classic - 34th (22:20.04)
-  Horizon League Championship - 11th (19:45.7)
-  NCAA Great Lakes Regional - 58th (21:56.1)

Collegiate Bests
800 (I) - 2:13.13
800 (O) - 2:14.99
1500 (O) - 4:21.32
Mile (I) - 4:48.67
3000 Steeplechase - 11:22.66

Background: Earned all-state honors in cross country, soccer, and basketball...ranked No. 1 academically in her high school class...six-time state medalist in track...Minnesota state 2A champion in the 1600 meter run in 2008...finished fourth in the 1 mile run at the state meet recording a personal best time of 5:00.07...placed second at the state finals in the 3200 meter run on two separate occasions...recipient of the 2010-11 St. Louis Park Athena Award, given to the school's top female athlete.