Fighting Irish teams look to return to the top of the BIG EAST and make a splash on national level in 2012.
AS A JUNIOR:Competed in four meets during the cross country season ... placed third out of 33 runners in the Crusader Invitational 5K (18:10.8) ... placed 52nd out of 91 runners in the National Catholic Championship 5K (19:19.3) ... finished 36th out of 110 runners in the JV Notre Dame Invitational 5K (19:29.4) ... finished 99th out of 140 runners in the ACC Championship 6K (22:43.4) ... competed in eight meets during the indoor track & field season ... competed in two events at the Meyo Invitational: finished 24th of 35 runners in the 1000M run (2:57.62) while also placing 15th of 48 runners in the one mile run (5:01.27) ... represented the Irish at the ACC Indoor Championships, placing 22nd of 27 runners in the 3000m run (10:05.13) ... competed in four meets during the outdoor track & field season ... represented the Irish in two events at the ACC Outdoor Championships: placed 26th of 41 runners in the preliminary 1500m run (4:37.95) while also finishing 36th of 45 runners in the 5000m run (17:37.98).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Competed in one meet during the cross country season ... ran for the Irish at the season-opening Crusader Invitational (5K) ... ran in nine meets during the indoor & outdoor seasons ... specialized in the 1,500m run ... placed seventh at the GVSU Second to Last Chance Meet ... competed at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships ... ran the 800m at the Louisville Border Battle ... placed eighth in the 1,500m at the Notre Dame Invitational.
AS A FRESHMAN: Did not compete during the cross country or track & field seasons ... named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Karen Kathleen Lesiewicz graduated from Schaumburg High School in the spring of 2011 ... lettered four times in cross country and four times in track & field, running mid-distance on the track ... in cross country, earned three all-conference tallies, two all-region honors and one all-state accolade ... named team MVP and captain as a senior ... stellar junior season on the track saw a conference, sectional and state championship, and all-conference and all-state marks ... was selected as team captain and team MVP as a junior ... also earned all-state honors as a sophomore on the track ... best times include 16:55 in the three miles, 10:47 in the 3,200 meters, 4:54 in the 1,600 meters and 2:13 in the 800 meters ... ran a leg of state championship 4x800m-meter relay team ... time of 9:06 set a school record ... cross country team won IHSA state championship in 2010 ... 4:54 in the 1,600 was a school record and won state championship ... also a member of the Drama Club and improv team ... participated in vacation bible school and was a YMCA camp counselor ... was an academic scholar and a member of the Thespian Society ... received the Foreign Language award ... born to Thomas and Kathy Lesiewicz in Schaumburg, Ill. ... has three older brothers, Brian, Tim and Patrick ... brothers, Brian and Tim, both ran cross country and track & field at North Central College ... brother, Patrick, recently transferred to Notre Dame from North Central College to run cross country and track & field ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business and is majoring in marketing.