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Emma Kertesz
Position: Volunteer Assistant Coach

Acclaimed distance runner Emma Kertesz became a volunteer coach for the Cougars track and field program in January 2014.

Kertesz, originally from Toledo, Ohio, was an All-American in the 10,000m at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships. She was a four-time Mid-American Conference champion with titles in the mile, steeplechase, indoor 5000m, and outdoor 5000m. She holds the MAC record in the 10k at 33 minutes, 28 seconds and is the MAC meet record holder in the indoor mile with her personal-best time of 4:47.

Kertesz graduated from the University of Toledo in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in history. She became a professional runner with one year of collegiate eligibility remaining, joining the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project Olympic Development Program.

Her USA Running Circuit debut took her to the USA 5k Championships where she finished 12th (16:27.). She finished fourth in the 2012 USA 10k Road Championships (32:51), and was a member of the Team USA that won the bronze medal at the 2012 Chiba International Ekiden, an annual relay competition for 13 nations that has mixed teams of men and women in six alternating segments covering over 42 kilometers.

Kertesz’s additional PR times include 9:30 in the 3000m, 10:32 in the steeplechase, 16:25 for a road 5k, 16:34 for a track 5k, 32:51 for a road 10k, and 33:28 for a track 10k.

She enjoys reading, traveling and camping and will continue training for her professional career while in Pullman.