Chris Melgares

Position Distance
Height 5'11''
Class Redshirt Senior
Hometown Manhattan, Kan.
High School Manhattan HS

CAREER RESULTS

Career Highlights
2018 Cross Country Academic All-Big 12 First Team

 

2018 CROSS COUNTRY (R-Sr.)
Finished second at the season-opening Bob Timmons Classic (9/1) in the men’s 6K race with a time of 19:32.3 behind teammate Chace Hale … Finished 10th in the men’s 8K race at the Rim Rock Classic (9/29) as KU’s fourth finisher, clocking in at 24:55.6 … Placed 157th in the men’s 8K at the Pre-National Invitational (10/13) with a time of 25:40.76 … KU’s fourth finisher and 19th finisher overall at the Big 12 Championship (10/26), clocking in with a time of 24:44.5 … Finished 41st overall at the NCAA Midwest Regional (11/9) with a time of 31:58.9 in the 10K.

2017 CROSS COUNTRY (Sr.)
Utilized redshirt season.

2016 CROSS COUNTRY (Jr.)
One of the Jayhawks’ top-two finishers in all four meets in which he competed … Posted a 17th-place finish at the Big 12 Championship (10/29) when he completed the 8K loop in 26:04.4 … Kansas’ second scorer at the NCAA Midwest Regional (11/11) when he finished the 10K in 31:03.1 and placed 35th overall … Opened his season with a sixth-place finish at the Rim Rock Classic (10/1) by way of his 8K clocking of 24:19.0 … Named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.

2015 CROSS COUNTRY (So.)
Saw action in four of the Jayhawks’ five meets, finishing among the team’s top-five in each … Posted a 10K time of 31:12.1 and a 40th-place finish at the Midwest Regional (11/13) … Opened his season with a 19th-place finish at the Rim Rock Classic (10/3) after traversing the 8K course in 24:47.8 … Came in as KU’s third runner with his 25th-place finish at the Big 12 Championship (10/31), posting an 8K time of 25:23.5 … Named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.

2014 CROSS COUNTRY (Fr.) 
The Jayhawks’ top freshman on the year, as he was among KU’s top-three finishers in all five meets in which he competed … Ran to a 30th-place finish at the Big 12 Championship (11/1) after clocking in with an 8K time of 25:00.2 … Opened his Jayhawk career with a fourth-place finish at the Bob Timmons Classic (8/30) and a 6K time of 19:38.60 … Finished his first-career 10K in 31:19.4 at the Midwest Regional Championships (11/14), where he finished 78th overall.

HIGH SCHOOL
Seven-time letterwinner in cross country and track & field at Manhattan High School …  Coached by his mother, Susan Melgares … Helped team to four Centennial League Championships in cross country (2010-13) and three in track & field (2012-14) … Member of multiple regional champion teams in track & field (2012-14) and one in cross country (2013) … Member of Kansas 6A State Cross Country Championship team (2014) … 6A State Champion in the 3,200 meters and the 4×800-meter relay in 2014.

PERSONAL
Son of Pat and Susan Melgares … Born in Manhattan, Kansas … Brother of Michael and Cara … Majoring in human biology … Post-school aspirations of becoming a physical therapist and continuing running competitively … Mother, Susan, ran cross country and track at Emporia State … Father, Pat, ran at Adams State University.