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    Kymia Love  
    Kymia Love

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Memphis, TN

    High School:
    Kirby

    Height:
    5-6

    Event:
    Hurdles/Sprints

    Birthdate:
    10/20/1980


    AS A JUNIOR: Key member of Irish women's sprint group that established itself as one of the best in the nation during the 2002 season ... began the indoor season with a victory in the 400 meters (55.79) in the Tri Meet vs. Western Michigan and Ball State ... also ran on the winning 4x400-meter relay during the Tri Meet (3:50.62) ... switched to the 500 meters, and won again (1:13.03) vs. Michigan State ... ended up third in the 400 meters in the Meyo Invitational (54.23), but helped the 4x400-meter relay team blow by the field in 3:38.58 and qualify for the NCAA Championship meet ... ran the unusual 300-meter distance at the Windsor Team Challenge, finishing second in 39.19 ... earned all-BIG EAST individual honors for the first time in her career at the 2002 league indoor meet, finishing second in the 400 meters (55.58) ... earned second consecutive all-BIG EAST honor with the 4x400-meter relay team at the same meet, as the Irish finished third in 3:41.19 ... ran the 4x400-meter relay at the Alex Wilson Invitational, as the Irish team of Liz Grow, Ayesha Boyd, Kristen Dodd and Love improved their season-best time to 3:36.84 and won the competition ... the relay team ended up ninth in the preliminaries of the 4x400-meter relay at the NCAA indoor championship and, in the process, became the first Irish women's sprint relay team to qualify for an NCAA Championship meet ... began the outdoor season at the Spring Opener, taking first in the 400 meters (55.73) and third in the 200 meters (24.92) ... ended up second in the 400 meters at the Tom Botts Invitational (54.64) and finished third in the 200 meters (24.43) ... continued to improve her 400-meter time at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, finishing sixth in 54.50 ... also helped the 4x100 relay team run 44.82 and finish first at the Pomona meet ... finished fourth in section A of the 400 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays, while helping the 4x100 relay team finish second (44.30) and the 4x400 relay team take fourth place (3:36.99) ... the 4x400 relay team also took a trip to the Drake Relays, winning the event in 3:36.62 ... earned third all-BIG EAST honor of the year at the league outdoor meet, finishing third in the 400 meters (53.74) ... won second BIG EAST championship of her career with the 4x100 relay team, scorching the field 44.77 ... a member of the first Irish relay team to earn All-America honors, as Grow, Dodd, Boyd and Love ran a school-record 3:32.12 in the finals of the 4x400-meter relay at the NCAA Championships in Baton Rouge, La., and finished in fifth place ... also a member of the 4x100-meter relay team that finished 10th at the NCAA Championshp meet.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Developed into one of Notre Dame's top sprinters during the 2001 track and field season ... helped the Irish set three school records during the season, including the 4x400, 4x100, and indoor 4x400 relays ... won a BIG EAST Championship at the 2001 outdoor meet as a member of the 4x100 relay team (45.37) ... saw first action of the 2001 indoor season at the Meyo Invitational, finishing fourth in the 400 meters ... placed second in the 300 meters at the Windsor Team Challenge ... finished third in her heat and sixth in the finals of the 400 meters at the 2001 BIG EAST Indoor Championships ... captured her first career individual outdoor race with a victory in the 400 meters at the Spring Opener ... took second place in her preliminary heat of the 400 meters at the 2001 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships ... finished eighth in the finals of the 400 at the BIG EAST meet ... helped the 4x100 relay team post a 44.45 time at the Georgia Tech Invitational, just missing a qualifying time for the NCAA Championships.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Competed in both the 200 and 400 throughout the indoor and outdoor seasons ... top finish in the 400 was fourth in the Alex Wilson Invitational ... her Alex Wilson time of 56.86 was her best in the 400 indoor season ... participated in the BIG EAST indoor meet ... continued to improve her times and finishes in the outdoor season ... won her first event, the 400 meters, at the Indy Relays in 56.18 ... finished no lower than third in the 400 at the Boiler Open, Purdue Open, and Spring Opener ... competed in the 200 and 400 at the BIG EAST outdoor championship.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA:: Lettered three times in track and field at Kirby High School ... did not participate during her senior season due to injury ...went undefeated and earned All-America honors as a sophomore and junior ... two-time Tennessee state champion in the 400 meters in 1997 and 1998, winning her second title by more than a second ... named state meet's most outstanding athlete in 1998 ... three-time conference and regional champion ... earned national ranking as a freshman and sophomore ... served as team captain as a junior ... team MVP as a sophomore and junior ... set four meet records at the Germantown Classic in the 100 and 400 meters and as a part of the 4x400 and sprint medley relay squads ... participated in the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics national championships in 1996 and 1997 ... member of the National Honor Society ... born Oct. 20, 1980, in Minneapolis, Minn. ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business with a marketing major.

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