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  Cassie Bando
Cassie Bando

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Glendale, Ariz.

High School:
Xavier College Prep

Height:
5-5

Arizona State: Enters the season much improved from last year following a solid cross country campaign... ranks eighth on the all-time list at ASU in the 10,000m run on the track (35:17.74). 2007 Outdoor: Placed second in the 5,000m run at the Double Dual... ran the 10,000m run at the Pac-10 Championships, but did not finish... earned Second Team Academic All-Pac-10 as well as USTFCCCA All-Academic accolades... 2007 Indoor: Competed in a pair of 5,000m races... scored at the MPSF Championships by placing fifth... clocked an indoor personal-best time of 16:44.40 at the Husky Classic... 2006 XC: One of the top runners for the team all year... finished 102nd at the NCAA Championships, her third year in a row of competing in the meet... earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors after finishing fifth in the conference meet... also was an All-Region selection by finishing 12th at the NCAA West Region meet... placed in the Top 16 in two other major races, including 13th at the Roy Griak and 16th at the Pre-Nationals... earned Second Team Academic All-Pac-10 honors, her third career honor after two consecutive years of honorable mention accolades... 2006 Outdoor: Scored at the Pac-10 Championships by placing fourth in the 10,000m run at 35:17.74... her conference time improved her personal best mark by just over two minutes... it also ranks as the eighth-best time in school history... also ran the 1,500m, 3,000m and 5,000m runs during the season... selected for the Academic All-Pac-10 Second Team... 2006 Indoor: Competed in two races... finished fifth at the Arizona-California Challenge in the 3,000m run and was 23rd in the 5,000m run at the Husky Invitational... 2005 XC: Finished 21st at the Pac-10 Championships... placed 22nd in the regional race to earn All-West Region honors... 146th in her second NCAA Championships appearance... finished 29th at the Pre-National meet... 94th at the Roy Griak Invitational... earned Academic All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention... 2005 Outdoor: Scored at the Pac-10 Championships in the 10,000m run by finishing sixth (37:17.91)... also competed in the 5,000m run at the conference meet, finishing 12th... finished second at the same distance at the Sun Angel Classic with a personal best 17:38.49... won the ASU Invitational 3,000m run and took second at the Double Dual... Honorable Mention Academic All-Pac-10 selection... 2005 Indoor: Ran one race, finishing sixth in the mile at the Double Dual (10:55.71)... 2004 XC: Competed in each of the team's seven races opening the season with a 9th place finish at the Dave Murray Invite (16:02)... placed 11th at the ASU Invite (19:36.3)... ran in the open race at pre-nationals and placed 12th (22:11.7)... placed in the Top 30 at the Pac-10 Championships, finishing 30th overall... finished 57th at the NCAA West Region meet despite losing one shoe midway through the race... capped the season with her first NCAA Championship race, placing 118th... was awarded Women's Most Improved Athlete at the team banquet... 2004 Track: Redshirted... : Redshirted.

High School: A 2003 graduate of Xavier College Prep (Phoenix)... was a member of the Arizona state champion 4x800m relay team in 2002... same relay established the state record in the event... won region titles in cross country three times (2000, 2001 and 2002)... also secured regional crowns on the track as a senior in the 800m, 1,600m and 3,200m races... captained the cross country and track and field teams as a senior... lettered in cross country and track and field four times each as well as twice in soccer.

Personal: Majoring in psychology... former Cassie Rios married Ben Bando (former Sun Devil and minor league baseball player with the Aiken Foxhounds of the South Coast League) on March 11, 2007... parents are Rafael and Vicki Ríos... has three siblings: Carmen, Cristina and Rafael... born Aug. 28, 1985 in Phoenix... full name is Cassandra Lynn Bando.

Personal Bests - 1500: 4:45.47, 3000: 10:07.79, 5000: 16:44.40, 10000: 35:17.74

In NCAA Championship Meets
2006 XC - 6,000m Course - 22:09.20 - 102nd
2005 XC - 6,000m Course - 21:32.60 - 146th
2004 XC - 6,000m Course - 21:15.00 - 118th

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