Cathy Branta

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Cathy Easker (née Branta; born January 6, 1963) is a retired middle distance and long distance runner from Slinger, Wisconsin, USA. After achieving Wisconsin state championship high school record times (for division 2 girls) in cross country in both 1979 and 1980,[1] she competed in track and cross country for the Wisconsin Badgers. She won the gold medal at the 1985 Summer Universiade in Kobe, Japan in the women's 3,000 metres event. She set the collegiate record in the 5,000 meters in a time of 15:07.

On October 5, 1985 she married John Easker of Wittenberg-Birnamwood, Wisconsin, who had won the state boys division 2 title in 1980 and also went on to have a successful running career at UW. They met there during their freshman year of university.[2]

She currently coaches high school track and cross country, and teaches physical education and health in Wittenberg-Birnamwood, WI. She is married and has three children.[3]