Grace Esslinger
Grace Esslinger
Height: 5-7
Year: Junior
Hometown: Dana Point, Calif.
High School: Dana Hills HS
Position: Heptathlon, Javelin, Sprints

UC Santa Barbara
Competed in 100m dash, Javelin, and 4x100m relay at Big West Championships…Anchored the 4x100m relay and helped her team to a 6th place finish at Big West…placed 4th in the 100m dash and 3rd in Javelin.
Esslinger did not compete in the Heptathlon this season but greatly contributed to the Gauchos short distance and Javelin events...Ran a season best time in the 200m at the All-Cal UC Cup with a time of 25.37...Threw a personal best 137-3 in the javelin in the same meet.

Began her first season with UCSB by winning the javelin event at the Gaucho Round-Up with a throw of 130'09.50" (39.87m) which made the second best mark in Gaucho history...Ran 24.94 in the 200m dash to take fifth place at the UCSD Triton Invitational and moving up to seventh place on the UCSB all-time list...Finished 10th in the heptathlon at the Big West Championship with a score of 4308.

High School
Competed in the South Coast League of the CIF-Southern Section...Was All-League all four of her seasons, and All-Orange County from 2007-2009...Holds her high school's records in the 100m (12.18) and 200m (25.14), and was a member of record-setting relay squads in the 4x100m, 4x400m, 4x200m, and sprint medley...Also a member of her school's shuttle hurdle relay team that set the best national time at the Arcadia Invitational...Three-year honor roll student.

Daughter of Stephen who rowed crew for Cal and the U.S. National Team and Amy who ran track and field at USC...Has one sister, Karen who runs track and field for APU...In addition to track, she played volleyball and soccer all four years of high school...Esslinger is double majoring in Religious Studies and History...Enjoys arts and crafts...Lists "Across the Universe" as her favorite movie...Lists fellow teammate Barbara Nwaba as her favorite athlete.

Collegiate Career Bests
Javelin -137-3 (All-Cal UC Cup, 3/12/2011)
100m -12.18 (Cal Poly, 4/28/12)
100m Hurdles- 14.46 (All-Cal Challenge, 3/3/2012)
200m -24.81
(All-Cal Challenge, 3/3/2012)
Heptathlon - 4308 (Big West Championship, 5/8/2010)