Kassidy Ayres
Kassidy Ayres
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Blauvelt, N.Y.
High School: Tappan Zee

Cross Country - Was fifth in her first meet of the 2015 season, navigating the 5000m course at the Mount St. Mary's Duals (09/04) in 19:06.70 ... She would improve upon that time later in the season, hitting 18:34.80 to claim a first-place finish at the DCXC Invitational (09/26) ... Was the 2nd finisher at the Salty Dog Invitational (09/12), timing through in 23:01.90 for the 6000m course ... Ran a 6000m PR at the Lehigh Paul Short Run (10/02) with a 21:21.20 finish for 36th in the field ... Had her second winning performance of the season at the Leopard Invitational (10/17), crossing in 22:00.90 for 6000m ... Closed the season with an 11th place finish at the Patriot League Championships (10/31), crossing in 22:00.40.

Indoor Track - Had a pair of first-place finishes early in the season, starting with her 3000m performance at the Father Diamond meet (10:08.26) ... Followed that up with another win, hitting 2:18.47 in the 800m run at the Terrapin Invitational (01/30) ... Ran a season's best 4:54.10 in the mile at the Armory Track Invitational (02/05), placing 9th ... Closed her season with a pair of performances at the Patriot League Championships, placing fifth in the mile (4:58.92), and eighth in the 4x800m (9:23.64).

Outdoor Track - Did not compete.

TAPPAN ZEE HS - Awarded the Rockland County Athlete of the Season in Fall of her senior year... 2015 John McMahon Athlete of the Year... Numerous honors for state, section, county and Rockland County League... As a senior, won four league titles (1,000 & 1,500 indoors, 800 & 1,500 outdoors)... Holds four school records (1,500 & 1,600 indoors, mile & 1,600 outdoors)... Earned Exceptional Honor Roll designation... Pre-college PRs: 800 (2:17), 1,500 (4:37), 1,600 (5:02), Mile (5:03), 3,000 (10:19)...

PERSONAL - Born in Nyack, N.Y... Has an older brother, Christopher... Parents are Karen & Joseph Ayres... Has volunteered in numerous fund-raisers against cancer, including the Light The Night Walk... Awarded the 2015 Robert Rothschild Memorial Achievement Scholarship for academics & athletics... Says her biggest sports thrill is to know you gave everything you had after a tough race... Lists Steve Prefontaine as her sports hero and her parents as her non-sports heroes... Thinks Zooey Deschanel should play her in a movie of her life... Pretended to be Derek Jeter growing up... Always races with a braid in her hair... Considering a career as a sports psychologist... Chose AU over Binghamton, Stony Brook, Lehigh, Columbia, among others.