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Samantha Learch
Position: Middle Distance
Height: 5'4"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Barrington, Ill.
High School: Barrington
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Samantha Learch
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Release: 09/17/2009

TWO-TIME ALL-AMERICAN
THREE-TIME ALL-SEC
NATIONAL QUALIFIER
REGIONAL QUALIFIER

2011: INDOOR: Learch opened her season with a third-place showing in the mile (4:50.63) at the Virginia Tech Invitational. She finished sixth in the event with a time of 4:51.30 at the Tyson Invitational. She was named to the All-SEC Second Team for her part in helping Arkansas to second place in the distance-medley relay at the SEC Championships. She also finished fourth in the mile with a season-best time of 4:49.86 at the conference meet. Learch posted a personal-best 2:07.08 in the 800 meters at the Arkansas Last Chance meet. At the NCAA Championships, she grabbed Second-Team All-America accolades with the DMR that crossed in ninth place (11:13.92), just one spot out of scoring position. OUTDOOR: At the Razorback Spring Invitational, Learch turned in a fourth-place finish at 1,500 meters with a time of 4:33.04. She finished in seventh place at the Cardinal Invitational with a 4:23.22, the second-fastest time of her career for the 1,500 meters. Running down in distance at the Arkansas Twilight, she clocked a personal-best time of 2:08.14 at 800 meters and finished in fourth place. At the SEC Championships, Learch earned seventh-place (4:32.58) points toward the team total with her effort in the 1,500 meters. She qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary where she advanced to the second round of competition in the 1,500 meters. She finished 17th in the round with a time of 4:24.87 but did not advance to the national meet.

2010: INDOOR: Learch ran to first place in the 1,000 meters at the season-opening Arkansas Invitational. During the season, she toed the line primarily in the mile and as part of the Razorbacks' distance-medley relay team. She ran a personal-best mile time of 4:48.48, good for a fourth-place finish at the Razorback Invitational. At the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, Learch and the distance-medley relay team posted a new school-record time of 11:06.56. She earned two all-conference honors at the SEC Championships with a second-place finish with the DMR and a fifth-place showing in the mile. At the NCAA Championships, Learch earned her first career All-America certificate as the distance-medley relay crossed in seventh place. OUTDOOR: In her first race of the outdoor season, she placed third in the 1,500 meters at the Stanford Invitational. Running the second leg of the 4x800-meter relay, Learch helped Arkansas take home first-place honors at the prestigious Texas Relays. The Razorbacks finished in a time of 8:35.18. She ran a personal-best 5,000-meter time of 17:33.10 at the Mt. SAC Relays. Learch posted a fifth-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the SEC Championships while running a personal-best time of 4:23.09. She closed out her season in the preliminary rounds of the 1,500 meters at the NCAA West Prelims.

2009: INDOOR: Learch made her Razorback debut at the Arkansas Invitational where she recorded a time of 2:13.83 in the 800 meters and placed third in the event. She placed 15th at the UW Invitational with a time of 4:58.55 in the mile run, a season best. Posting a season-best 800-meter time of 2:12.58, she placed 13th at the Tyson Invitational. She ran the second leg of the distance medley relay that earned a runner-up finish and All-SEC honors with a time of 11:37.70 at the SEC Championships. OUTDOOR: She competed in her only 800-meter and 3,000-meter races of the season at the UC Irvine Spring Break Classic. She finished 10th with a time of 2:13.73 and 12th with a time of 10:08.11, respectively. At the Stanford Invitational, she ran the 1,500 meters in a time of 4:33.68, finishing seventh. She improved that time at the Mt. SAC Relays, placing 18th with a time of 4:30.76. Learch's 1,500-meter runs peaked at the SEC Championships where she ran a time of 4:29.51, placing her eighth after posting a preliminary time and season-best of 4:28.06.

AT BARRINGTON HS: Learch was a four-time all-conference, all-area and all-state honoree while running for Barrington High School. She competed at Nike Nationals and was named MVP of her team. During the 2007 cross country season, she led her team to a runner-up finish at the state championships and was named all-state for her performance. On the track, she competed in distances ranging from 100 meters to the mile. She holds the high school stadium records in the 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters and 4x400-meter relay. She was a two-time state champion as a member of the 4x800-meter relay. Barrington's 4x800-meter relay set a state record in the event in 2008. In 2007, she led her team to the state championships title and a runner-up finish in 2008. Also as a senior, she earned the Coaches Award and the Athlete of the Meet Award.

PERSONAL: Born Sept. 10, 1989, she is the daughter of John and Debbie Learch. She is enrolled in the College of Education and Health Professions and is majoring in kinesiology.


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