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Daniela “Dani” Prado

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Daniela “Dani” Prado

Cross Country Comeback
Islander cross country student-athlete Daniela “Dani” Prado has her heart set on a career as a cardiac rehab specialist in a human performance lab. The Laredo, Texas, native joined the women’s cross country team in fall 2007 and is in the right place to fulfill her career aspirations. Prado, who says Spanish is her first language, is earning her bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Then she’ll continue at the Island University for a Master of Science in Kinesiology. She anticipates gaining hands-on experience at the new Island Hall sports testing center and indoor track. Recently, Prado, who works at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library circulation desk, earned a spot on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll. During her first season as an Islander, the Women’s Cross Country team scored a first  place finish at the Southland Conference Championships, and made the “All-Academic Team” in fall 2009. Since her move to the Coastal Bend, Prado has also grown fond of her team’s cohesiveness and her surroundings, which allow her to spend hours running outdoors. Despite a femoral neck stress fracture which required surgery in April 2008, Prado has been receiving treatment, and is in training to make a full force comeback on the track. Last fall, she returned to her sport, but when 2010 fall season begins, she will emphasize distance running. Her stellar stats date back to Nixon High School when she was the 3,200 meter champion for Region 4 in 2005. Currently, Prado averages 50 miles per week and enjoys playing Frisbee golf in her spare time.

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