Melissa Rake
Melissa Rake
Height: 5'5"
Year: Junior
Hometown: San Dimas, Calif.
High School: St. Lucy's Priory HS
Position: Javelin

Rake erupted at the 2014 Big West Championship, throwing a new UCSB school record in the javelin in just her second year competing in the event. Rake's mark of 151' earned her the Big West silver medal and qualified her for the NCAA First Round. 

2013-2014: Outdoor- 
Rake competed in nine competitions during her sophomore track campaign. She recorded four even wins in the javelin to go along with three other top-three performances in the event. Rake opened the season with a 125'6 effort to win the Gaucho Round-Up. She then threw 127'1 to take second at the All Cal. Rake broke onto the javelin scene with a 144'3 performance at the UC Riverside Spring Break Invite to take the event win. Rake helped the Gauchos claim a team victory at the Cal Poly Dual with a 139'9 javelin win. In the fourth round of the Big West Championships, rake set the UCSB school record by unleashing a 151' effort in the javelin. She went on to place second and earn a bid to the NCAA First Round. 

2012-2013: Outdoor-
Came through with a second place finish in the javelin at the UC Riverside Dual Meet with a mark of 120'6. Had a throw of 119'11 at the Brian Clay Invite. In her first conference championship meet, qualified for the finals and went on to take 7th place with a lifetime best throw of 122'2.

Prep
Rake graduated from St. Lucy’s Priory High School where she competed under coach Julie Avenetti…Sierra League Champion in shot put in 2010, 2011 and 2012…Discuss League champion in 2012…Also competed in varsity volleyball and soccer.


Personal
Melissa Rake was born April 16, 1994 in San Dimas, Calif. to parents Ronald and Catherine Rake…Has one older brother named Brandon…Enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going to church, snowboarding, hiking, playing the piano and playing with her doggie… Favorite movie is ‘Stepbrothers’…Enjoys listening to Lana Del Ray…Favorite book is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley…Most memorable athletic achievement was receiving highest point earner in 2012…Her parents are her hero…Favorite aspect of college track and field is working hard with the team…Received a black belt in martial arts in 2005…Aspires to pursue international business.

Collegiate Best
Javelin- 151' (2014 Big West Championships)**
 **UCSB School Record 


Big West Championships
2014- Javelin, 2nd, 151, 46.04m 

2013- Javelin, 7th, 122'2/37.24m