Cal Track & Field BIO
Elisa Karhu
Player Profile:
Elisa Karhu 1251241
Other Position: 5000-10000
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
High School: Rancho Bernardo HS
Experience: SQ
  • Helped the Cal cross country team to an 18th-place NCAA finish in the fall
  • Placed 20th at the CIF state cross country championships as a senior

Freshman (2011): Finished just out of the scoring in the 10,000m at the Pac-10 meet, taking ninth in 36:43.29 ... did not compete indoors. Cross Country: Placed 3erd at the Pac-12 Championships and 35th at NCAA West Regionals during the fall of 2011 ... as a freshman, ran in Cal's opener at the USF Invitational, finishing sixth. High School: A distance runner who, in her first year of training, recorded bests of 5:18.50 at 1600m and 11:18.83 at 3200, as a senior ... won the 3200, at the Bronco Invitational her senior season (11:18.91) ... completed the Rock `n' Roll marathon in San Diego in 3:45 ... also played soccer and was team MVP ... member of the Fraternity of Academic and Civic Excellence (F.A.C.E.) in high school. Personal: Born June 17, 1992, in Turku, Finland ... parents are Jukka-Matti Karhu and Sari Sihtola-Karhu ... won a silver medal at the U.S. Open Elite Tournament in floorball ... has expressed an interest in majoring in molecular and cell biology.

Career Best Marks
Event         Mark   Date
5000m     17:28.46   April 22, 2011
10,000m   36:43.29   May 13, 2011
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