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    John Cavanaugh  
    John Cavanaugh

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Granger, IN

    High School:
    South Bend St. Joseph's

    Height:
    5-10

    Event:
    Middle Distance

    Birthdate:
    12/26/1985


    AS A JUNIOR: Narrowly missed out on earning his second All-America citation in as many seasons ... clocked 4:16.16 in the mile at the Blue and Gold Invitational to kick off the track and field season ... ran his top 800-meter time of the indoor season at the Meyo Invitational, finishing eighth in 1:50.69 ... won his second BIG EAST title as part of the victorious 4x800-meter relay at the indoor league meet ... the squad of Cavanaugh, Adam Currie, Brett Adams, and Thomas Chamney clocked 7:31.39 for the eighth-fastest time in school history ... his third-place finish in the 800 earned him additional all-conference laurels and brought his total of indoor All-BIG EAST accolades to three ... his exploits were also instrumental in Notre Dame's BIG EAST team championship ... ran with Notre Dame's NCAA-qualifying distance medley relay at the Alex Wilson Invitational, taking the 800-meter leg ... along with Todd Ptacek, Ryan Postel, and Jake Watson ran 9:35.71, the third-fastest mark in the school record book ... the squad finished ninth at the NCAA meet (with Adam Currie substituting for Jake Watson), just outside of All-America recognition ... opened the outdoor season at the Stanford Invitational, finishing 10th in the top sections of the 800 meters in a then-career best of 1:50.26 ... teamed with Adam Currie, Cameron Eckert, and Thomas Chamney to place second in the 4x800-meter relay at the Drake Relays, establishing the second-fastest time in school history of 7:22.42 ... emerged from the BIG EAST 800-meter preliminaries in fourth place at the outdoor meet (1:50.80) ... ended up placing sixth in the final ... added his second career All-BIG EAST outdoor citation with a second-place showing in the 4x800 relay along with teammates Currie, Blake Choplin, and Chamney ... closed his season with a career-best time at the NCAA Mideast Regional ... ran 1:50.25 to finish 12th in the preliminaries ... will be looking to earn his first individual BIG EAST title and a Mideast Regional final qualification in 2008.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: In his first year with the Irish track team, earned All-BIG EAST and All-America honors ... made his track debut at the Notre Dame Invitational, finishing third in the 800 meters behind two teammates in 1:51.02 ... had a breakthrough race at the Meyo Invitational, taking sixth overall (1:49.69) in a strong field to nearly attain a provisional NCAA mark and match 10th-fastest time in school history ... had an outstanding performance in the 800 meters at the BIG EAST Indoor Championship, finishing second in 1:50.45 behind teammate Thomas Chamney ... earned more all-BIG EAST honors in the 4x800-meter relay, running the sixth-fastest time in school history with Chamney, Adam Currie, and Brett Adams (7:28.84) ... earned All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships as part of sixth-place distance medley relay unit (9:40.61) with Currie, Ryan Postel, and Kurt Benninger ... kept his focus on the 800 meters throughout the outdoor campaign ... ran among the top section at the Stanford Invitational, finishing 14th with a time of 1:50.72 ... won the 800-meter competition at the Indy Relays, qualifying for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the process (1:50.34) ... joined Currie, Adams, and Chamney on the 4x800-meter relay team that attained the fifth-best time in school history and ninth place overall at the Drake Relays, running 7:31.96 ... just missed more individual all-BIG EAST honors at the outdoor league meet, finishing fourth in the 800-meter final (1:51.42) after running 1:50.46 in the preliminaries ... helped the 4x800-meter relay team finish second in the BIG EAST with the third-fastest mark in school history (7:26.04); also helped Irish earn valuable points towards eventual BIG EAST outdoor title ... closed out his season by finishing 11th at the NCAA Mideast Regional 800-meter preliminaries, running 1:50.61 to miss qualifying for the final by just three spots.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see action as a member of the Notre Dame men's soccer team.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Three-sport letterwinner (track and field, soccer, basketball) at South Bend St. Joseph's High School ... holds St. Joseph's track and field school records in the 400 meters, 800 meters, 4x400 relay and 4x800 relay ... also holds the sectional and conference record in the 800 meters ... his 4x800 relay team holds the sectional, conference and regional record ... placed second at the '04 state finals in the 800 meters with a time of 1:52.87 ... originally came to Notre Dame on soccer scholarship ... concluded prep soccer career by leading St. Joseph's to a 24-0 and a state championship as a senior, while anchoring a defense that set a school record by allowing only eight goals on the year ... named 2003 Indiana Player of the Year, in addition to receiving the Northern Indiana Player of the Year award the same year ... earned all-state, all-city, all-conference and team MVP honors as both a junior and a senior ... selected to play in the '04 South Bend Tribune SportsFest All-Star Game, as well as Indiana all-district games in '03 and '04 ... participated in National Honor Society, Latin Club and Rotary Club in high school ... three family members graduated from Notre Dame -- father John (1977), uncle William (1984) and sister Lindsey (2006) ... born Dec. 26, 1985 ... son of John and Cynthia Cavanaugh ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a pre-professional/anthropology major.

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