Cassandra "Cassie" Ortiz - 2014 AAE Award Winner

Cassandra "Cassie" Ortiz
Cassandra “Cassie” Ortiz

Cassie is from Windsor, Colo., double majoring in Biology and Exercise & Sport Science, with a minor in Chemistry.


Cassie was a varsity runner on the women’s Cross Country and Track teams, where she was a multiple All-Academic honoree from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, as well as from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Association. She completed a research experience for undergraduates in the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon, where she worked in the renal and reproductive laboratory, studying the role of matrix metalloproteinases in placental ischemia. With this study in her back pocket, Cassie returned to Western and has been working on a project with Dr. Lance Dalleck, entitled “The Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Collegiate Athletes.” Cassie has also found time to join in the Academic Leadership program and the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. With all of Cassie’s academic, athletic and research accomplishments, she graduates with a 3.8 GPA.