Personal Records: 1500 meters: 4:43.76 Steeplechase: 10:43.92
This Year in Cross Country: Consistent performer, finishing in Vanderbilt's top six in four competitions... Did not race in opening meets of season... Was team's No. 5 runner at NCAA Regionals with 23:24.98 clocking in 6K... Top 6K time (23:02.59) came in 59th overall finish at SEC Championships... Was fourth on team at conference meet... Ran 42nd overall at Colonial Inter-Regional Challenge.
2007 Track: Competed well while specializing in 3,000-meter steeplechase outdoors and 3,000 meters indoors... Became the Commodores' all-time No. 3 performer in steeplechase with 11:03.07 effort at SEC Championships... Effort resulted in 10th place finish at SEC meet... Prior to SECs, posted PR at 11:09.24 at Stanford Invitational... Also ran third in steeplechase (11:20.71) at Alabama Relays... Recorded outdoor best at 3,000 meters (10:13.72) at Sea Ray Relays... Best indoor finished was 10:24.17 in 3,000 meters at Kentucky Invitational
2006 Cross Country: Ran among team's top five performers in five of six competitions... Concluded season running fifth on team - and 89th overall - at NCAA Regionals... Set personal best at 6K distance at SEC Championships, running 22:43 for 58th place finish... Opened season with 36th overall finish at Belmont Invitational, setting PR at 4K distance in 15:23... Took 25 seconds off previous year's performance at Commodore Classic, running 19:15 for 5K to earn a fourth place overall finish, then lowered PR at that distance one week later, running 19:08 at Louisville Invitational.
2006 Track: Concentrated in steeplechase during outdoor season... Became No. 3 all-time among Commodores in 3,000-meter steeplechase with an 11:19.85 performance at Vanderbilt Invitational... That effort knocked more than 20 seconds off previous career best at distance... During indoor season, set personal best in 3,000 meters of 10:38.12 at Clemson Invitational.
2005 Cross Country: Season ended prematurely due to leg injuries... Competed in three meets - Belmont Invitational, Commodore Classic and Notre Dame Invitational... Finished 14th overall at Commodore Classic.
2005 Track: Concentrated in steeplechase outdoors, posting one of top all-time performances by Commodore with a 11:49.70 effort at Indianapolis... Competed in same event at SEC Championships... Ran mile (5:19.23) and 3,000 (10:49.6) indoors.
2004 Cross Country: Ended season among the team's top six finishers... At Pre-NCAA Invitational, was team's fourth best runner... Set 5K PR (19:00) at Notre Dame Invitational.
In High School: Three-year letterwinner in track and cross country... Two-time all-conference selection... Senior captain... PRs include mile (5:15) and two-mile (11:36)... Won conference's 800-meter title as junior... National Merit Finalist.
Academics: Kazmer is working toward a degree in economics from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Personal: Valerie Ann Kazmer... Daughter of Bryan and Doreen Kazmer... "Val" to her teammates... Born May 1, 1986... Has two younger brothers... Dad is chemical engineer; mom is registered nurse.
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