Courtney Pugmire Meldrum Athlete Profile

Courtney Pugmire Meldrum

Height: 5-6 Roster Years: 1996-2000 Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA Hall of Fame: 2011

  • 2011 Women's Cross Country



2011 Hall of Fame

Former BYU track and cross country athlete Courtney Pugmire Meldrum has never lost sight of her goals or let those around her lose sight of theirs.

Meldrum launched her Cougar career winning 5,000 meters at the 1996 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships with a time of 17:59.66. She also took the WAC Outdoor Championships 5,000-meter and earned All-America honors with a seventh-place finish in the 3,000 meters in a time of 9:23.05 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. That same season, Meldrum set an American Record with a time of 10:23.47 in her first time running the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials. (She went on to break her own record by two seconds her junior year.) Meldrum was also a cross country All-American and WAC Cross Country Athlete of the Year.

As a sophomore, Meldrum led her fellow Cougars to their first national championship in cross country with a fifth-place finish in 16:58 at the NCAA meet. Meldrum continued her victorious career garnering All-American honors with a time of 16:12.39 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She also won the U.S. Championships and the U.S. Junior Championships in the steeplechase.

Meldrum graduated from BYU in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in community health.

A self-proclaimed domestic engineer and household CEO, Meldrum has been married to her husband, Jeremy, for 13 years and has four children ages 11, 9, 5 and 2. Her children participate in everything from soccer and gymnastics to singing. They love family movie nights (with lots of popcorn) and they love playing games together.

Along with mothering, Meldrum has served as Relief Society President and Young Women’s President in her ward, a coach for youth soccer teams, a member of PTA boards and a volunteer in elementary school classrooms. She volunteers to give motivational speeches to young people on reaching their goals and their full potential. She and her family also visit nursing homes on a regular basis and help out with activities for the residents.

Meldrum continues to race, pulling off a second-place and third-place finish in the St. George Marathon since leaving BYU. But her most important races since graduating haven’t been the races to the finish line. Rather, her racing to help others in need has shown her commitment to the BYU vision “Enter to learn, go forth to serve.”

Personal

  • B.S. in community health from BYU, 2001
  • Married to Jeremy Meldrum and they have four children

Career Highlights

  • Three-time cross country All-American 1995, 1996, 1997 
  • Four-time track and field All-American 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001 
  • WAC Cross Country Athlete of the Year 1996, 1997 
  • WAC Cross Country Champion 1996
  • Cougar Club Competitor Award winner 1997 
  • 3000m steeplechase USATF Champion 1998 
  • Broke American record in 3000m steeplechase 1998 

Before BYU

  • Four-time league champion in the 800m while competing for Esperanza High School in Anaheim, California
  • Two-time league champion in the 1600m
  • Won the league title in the 3200m in 1995
  • Placed 2nd in the state cross country championships as a senior
  • Placed 2nd at the California State competition in both the 1600 meters and the 3200 meters
  • Represented the United States in international competitions in Fiji, China, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand

After BYU

  • Raised her four children as a stay-at-home mom
  • Self-proclaimed domestic engineer and household CEO
  • Continues to run in marathons across the country

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Placed second and third at the St. George Marathon
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 2011


1996 | Freshman Year

Cross Country

  • Named WAC Runner of the Week in the season opening Mountain West Classic
  • WAC Cross Country Champion
  • WAC Athlete of the Year
  • Earned All-America honors with a 12th-place finish at the NCAA meet
  • Finished 25th at the World Junior Championships as a member of the U.S. Junior Team

 

Track and Field

  • Won the WAC Indoor Championship in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:59.66
  • Finished first in the WAC outdoor 5,000 with a time of 17:03.59
  • Earned All-American honors with a 7th-place finish in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:23.05
  • Set an American record with a time of 10:23.47 in her first time running the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials

1997 | Sophomore Year

Cross Country

  • Named WAC Athlete of the Week twice
  • Selected as WAC Runner of the Year for the second time
  • Won the WAC Championship
  • Led BYU to its first national championship with a 5th-place finish in 16:58 at the NCAA meet

 

Track and Field

  • Finished 2nd in the WAC with a time of 17:54.52 in the indoor 5,000 meters
  • Ran the 3,000 meters in 9:22.28 at the Texas Relays
  • NCAA provisional qualifier in the 3,000 meters
  • Earned All-American honors for her performance at the NCAA National Championships
  • Ran the 3000m at the Texas Relays
  • Presented with the Cougar Club’s Competitor Award

1998 | Junior Year

Cross Country

  • Finished 5th at the WAC Championships to earn First Team All-Conference honors
  • Was the 5th finisher on BYU’s second-place team at the NCAA Championships

 

Track and Field

  • Redshirted the indoor season
  • Presented with the Cougar Club’s Competitor Award
  • Won the 3,000 meters in 9:37.60 at the WAC Outdoor Championships
  • Finished 2nd in the 3,000 meters in 9:22.91 at the NCAA Championships
  • Earned All-American honors for her NCAA finish
  • Broke her own American record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase by two seconds with a time of 10.21.0
  • Won 1st place for her steeplechase record at the USATF Championships in New Orleans
  • Qualified for the Goodwill Games in New York

1999 | Medical Redshirt Year

  • Missed the track and cross country seasons on maternity leave

2000 | Senior Year

Track and Field

  • Placed fourth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 10.04.41 at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento
  • Finished fourth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the USATF Championships
  • Placed fourth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the NCAA National Championships
  • Earned All-American honors
  • Finished 11th at the NCAA National Championships in the 5,000 meters
  • Earned All-MWC honors for placing 2nd at the 3,000 meters at the MWC Indoor Championships