Sammy Silva
Sammy Silva
Year: Senior
Hometown: La Mesa, Calif.
High School: Our Lady of Peace
Position: Distance
Major: History
House Affiliation: Lowell

Honors and Awards
All-Regional (cross country, 2009)

Personal Bests
XC 5k -17:53.7
XC 6k -21:35.2

Placed fifth at the Nassaney Invitational Sept. 8, posting a time of 18:23.6 and helping Harvard capture the team title ... Turned in Harvard's top time, crossing the finish line less than a second behind the top finisher at 17:25.58 against Yale Sept. 14 ... Crossed the finish line as the Crimson’s second scorer, posting a time of 20:47 at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational Oct. 12 ... Shattered her best 6-kilometer time with a 20:39.9 and a sixth place finish at the Heptagonal Championships Oct. 27 ... Received All-Ivy League accolades … Crossed the finish line as the Crimson's fourth scorer with a time of 20:53.6 at the NCAA Regionals Nov. 9 ... Posted a time of 21:32.1 at the NCAA Championships making her the fourth Harvard scorer Nov. 17

Was the final Harvard scorer at Heps, placing 39th overall with a time of 18:28.1. 


Won the Iona Meet of Champions with a time of 22:35.43 and helped the Crimson earn the team title … Third among Harvard runners and 49th overall at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational with a personal best time of 21:35.2 … Earned second-team All-Ivy League at the Heps Championships … Ran a personal best 17.53.7 to finish 12th at the Heps Championships and helped the Crimson to a runner-up finish, is best performance at the conference event since 1995 ... Earned all-region honors ... Third among Harvard runners and 11th overall at the NCAA Regionals with a time of 22:35, helping the team earn a fifth-place finish at the event ... First among Harvard runners and 20th overall at the ECAC Championships with a time of 17:58.5.

Before Harvard
Competed in four years of track and three years of cross country … Cross country and track team captain as a senior … Cross country and track teams’ Most Valuable Player all four years … Western League cross country champion as a sophomore, junior and senior … Western League champion in the 800 meters, 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters … Division 3 cross country state champion as a senior … State champion in the 1,600 as a senior … School Rookie of the Year … Holds high school records in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters, 1,600 meters, 3,200 meters and 5k … San Diego Union Tribune Athlete of the Year as a senior … Member of the National Arts Honor Society.

Enjoys painting, reading, camping, and singing.