| Marcel Hewamudalige
2004 WAC Cross Country Champion
2004 WAC Champion, 5,000m
2004 NCAA Cross Country Qualifier
2004 WAC Cross Country Runner of the Year
Rice - 2004: Won the WAC outdoor 5,000-meter title with the time of 14:43.94 the day after finishing second in the 10,000 meters in 31:19.08... Recorded his 5,000 time at the Cardinal Invitational, finishing in 14:37.46... Also scored twice for Rice at the WAC indoor championships, placing fifth in both the 3,000 meters (8:42.73) and the 5,000 (14:48.41)... Recorded a season-best time of 14:31.51 in the 5,000 at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark... Won the 2004 WAC individual cross-country crown and led the Owls to the team title with his winning time of 24:57.13 on the 8k course... Named the 2004 WAC cross country runner of the year... Took third at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships to qualify for the national championships, finishing 40th... Won two other meets, including the Rice Invitational, and added a third place finish at the Chile Pepper Invitational. 2003: Won the 3,000-meters at the Houston Indoor Opener with a season-best 8:29.15... Finished 12th at the WAC championships... During the outdoor season, posted a season-best 1,500-meter time of 4:00.66, second-best on the team... Also ran the 5,000 where he won the event at the Rice Bayou Classic with a season-best 15:06.30. 2002: Best indoor mile time of the season was 4:17.06 in a sixth-place finish at the LSU Invitational. 2001: Redshirted as a member of the men's cross country team.
High School - A 2001 graduate of Vancouver College in Vancouver, Canada... British Columbia high school track champion in the 3,000 meters, 2,000 meters and steeplechase... Canadian juvenile 1,500 meter and 3,000 meter champion... Finished third at the 2000 Canadian junior championships in the 5,000 meters... Vancouver College distance athlete of the year... Posted bests of 3:53 (1,500), 8:29 (3,000) and 14:47 (5,000)... Member of the honor roll all five years...Maintained a 3.65 GPA... Also recruited by Columbia, BYU, Villanova, Arizona State and Baylor.
Personal - Full name is Marcel Hewamudalige... Born July 14, 1983 at Vancouver, B.C., Canada... Son of Bernard and Christine Hewamudalige of Vancouver... Has two sisters... Major is economics and managerial studies... Baker College.