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Whitney McDonald Athlete Profile

Whitney McDonald

Whitney McDonald
Position: Distance Height: 5-6 Roster Years: 2004-2005 | 2007 Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA


  • 2007 10,000 meters (Outdoor)


  • Born August 1985
  • Parents are Patrick and Cheri McDonald
  • Majoring in Pre-med

Before BYU

  • Earned four letters in cross country and track at Thousand Oaks High School
  • Academic athlete in cross country and track
  • Honored as an outstanding junior in cross country and track and as an outstanding senior in cross country 
  • Named Athlete of the Week in the Ventura County Star newspaper
  • Helped her team take third in 2001 and second in 2002 at the state cross country championships


Best Marks: 3200m - 11:24, 5000m - 17:23.43, 10,000m - 35:39.88

2004 | Freshman Year


  • Finished fourth at the Mountain States Games in the 5000m (17:56.35)
  • Ran 17:27.04 in the 5000m at the Washington Invitational 


  • Competed in the 10,000m at the Hornet Invitational with a time of 35:39.88
  • Placed second in the 10,000m (36:45.77) and eighth in the 5000m (17:23.43) at the MWC Outdoor Championships
  • Named Academic All-MWC

2005 | Redshirt Year

  • Redshirted the season
  • Named Academic All-MWC

2007 | Sophomore Year


  • Ran her season-best time in the 5000 meters (16:16.33) at the University of Washington Invitational
  • Finished in the top five in the 5000 meters at the Husky Classic
  • Won the 5000 meters in 16:35.81 setting the Albuquerque Convention Center facility record and the MWC Indoor Championship record at the MWC Indoor Championships
  • Named to the All-MWC Indoor Team
  • Competed in the 5000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships 


  • Placed third with the second fastest time in BYU history at 33:06.23 in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational
  • Broke the BYU 5,000-meter record with a season best time of 15:44.55 at the Mt. SAC Relays
  • Broke the MWC Championship meet record in the 5,000 meters en route to a first place finish at the MWC Championships
  • Named to the All-MWC Team
  • Took second in the 5,000 meters at the West Region meet
  • Placed sixth in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Championships
  • Named All-American in the 10,000 meters