Meredith Crane was hired in August 2010 as an assistant cross country and track coach at Ole Miss.
Crane's primary emphases include coaching the Rebels' distance runners and serving as assistant recruiting coordinator.
The 2011 cross country season was the best in school history for the Ole Miss women's team, as the Rebels claimed a program-best fifth-place showing at the SEC Championships. Logan Waites became the first female in school history to earn All-SEC cross country honors, while Katie Breathitt joined her to achieve the best two finishes in school history at the conference meet, 11th place and 15th, respectively. Martin Kirui placed ninth to also earn All-SEC accolades for the men.
Crane saw immediate dividends with the Rebel cross country teams in 2010, as Barnabas Kirui won his third SEC Cross Country title. The Ole Miss men placed fifth overall for their highest showing since 1996.
The 2011 track and field season saw five women's distance school records shattered, including two by Waites (indoor 3,000 and 5,000 meters) and two by Breathitt (outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000 meters).
After coaching at the high school level from 2006-09, Crane spent the 2009-10 season as a volunteer assistant coach at Oregon State. While there, she saw multiple school records broken, two of which were by Sandra Martinez, who Crane also coached to school records and top state finishes while at her alma mater, Davis High School in Yakima, Wash.
In addition to Martinez's school records, Crane also guided multiple Oregon State athletes to career-best marks and NCAA performances.
Crane also coached at East Valley (Yakima, Wash.) High School in 2008, where she led the men's cross country team to a state championship appearance, while seeing two female freshmen qualify for the state meet.
As a Division I student-athlete, Crane also achieved a great deal of success. As a true freshman at Texas A&M, she qualified individually for the NCAA Cross Country Championships, marking the first time in school history that had happened. She finished 13th at the Big 12 Conference Championships and ninth at the NCAA South Central Regional, helping her team to a third-place finish as a rookie. She also scored points for her team at the 2004 Big 12 track meet in the 10,000 meters.
She transferred to Seattle Pacific University and led her squad to a conference championship while placing second individually at the conference meet. She also finished fifth at the regional meet and again qualified individually for the NCAA Championships.
Crane received her bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from Central Washington University in 2009. She is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine.
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