Runyan is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She has been the Tritons? interim head coach for one year after serving two years as an assistant coach.
In addition to the conference title, the 2005 Tritons also captured IFCSC squad championships in women?s foil, women?s sabre, men?s epee, and men?s sabre. Her team qualified four fencers to the 2005 NCAA Championships and the 18th place finish was UCSD?s best-ever (fencing has an open championship which pits institutions from all NCAA levels in one event).
She has over 25 years of competitive fencing experience and been a nationally-ranked senior fencer in both foil and sabre. Runyan is a former USFA Pacific Coast champion in sabre and California State Games champion in foil.