Julie Eckerly
Julie  Eckerly

Columbus, Ind.

High School:
Columbus North

2007: Finished 11th at the Belmont/Vanderbilt Opener, 11th at the Commodore Classic, 98th at the Chile Pepper Festival and 85th at the SEC Championship.

2006: Finished second for the Commodores at the Louisville Invite with a time of 18:50, second (22:11) on the team at the SEC Championships and third overall (18:55) at the Commodore Classic.

2005: One of team's most dependable runners, finishing among top four in every competition ... Closed season with 19th overall place at NCAA Regionals, running 6K in 21:35.33 ... Effort was second best on team ... Was third best at SEC Championships, running 30th overall with 6K effort of 21:21.66 ... Also ran third among Commodores at Pre-Nationals (22:00 6K) and Notre Dame Invitational (17:50 5K) ... Finished third overall at Commodore Classic, running 5K distance in 18:31.26, helping Vanderbilt to team win ... Opened season with 11th overall finish at Belmont Invitational (14:43 4K).

2004: Opened collegiate career with 16th overall finish at Belmont Invitational ... Her 15:07.95 showing was fourth best on the team.

High School/Prep:
Earned four varsity letters ... Served two years as team captain ... Team placed third in the state her junior year, and sixth in the state and 11th at the Footlocker Regionals her senior year.

Julia Kathleen Eckerly ... Nicknames are "Stalk," "Celery," "Ju-Ju" and "Jules" ... Born Sept. 25, 1985 ... Parents are Edward and Vivian ... Has four older siblings ... Majoring in biology ... Enjoys biking, hiking, traveling, triathlons, crossword puzzles and cooking ... Brother trained with 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Deena Kastor before 2004 Olympic trials.

Off the Course with Julie:

My favorite athlete: Deena Kastor

Favorite class this semester: History of jazz music

My dream job: Physical therapist for professional athletes (especially runners and triathletes)

Item I brought to VU to remind me of home: Scented candles

Dream vacation: A week in Ireland back-packing and exploring my family history

Best concert I've ever attended: Nickel Creek -- the second to last concert on the "Farewell for Now" tour at the Ryman Auditorium

Favorite restaurant: The Trojan Horse in Bloomington, Ind. and Boscos in Nashville

First job I had: Day camp counselor

Favorite "non-school" related reading material: "Runner's World" and "Women's Health" magazines

My day can't start until: I eat a bowl of oatmeal.
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