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2011 Season Indoor: won the Parents Day Open in the 1,000 meters with a time of 3:02.23 • took third at the Minnesota Open (2:59.58) • ran the mile run at the ISU Classic and finished with a time of 5:06.84•ran a 5:22.05 at the Jack Johnson Classic Outdoor: competed at the Musco Twilight in the 1,500 meters and finished with a time 4:56.64
2010 Season: Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.
High School: A 2009 graduate of Minnetonka High School · high school coach was Jane Reimer-Morgan · two-time all-state in cross country · placed 24th in 2008 Minnesota Class AA Cross Country Championships · three-time all-state track honoree · anchored state champion 4x800-meter relay as a senior · relay was state runner-up in 2008 · ran best of 2:16 in 800 meters.
Personal: Born April 19, 1990 · given name is Melissa · majoring in family social science with a minor in communication and leadership · parents are David and Angel Valle · guardians are Keith and Mary Pickering · has siblings: Camron, Kenndie, Rikki, Scotty, Jasmin, Trent, Jennifer and Jimmy.