Track & Field


AS A JUNIOR: Had a strong junior season both on the cross country course and on the track ... placed ninth at the National Catholic Championship cross country meet ... ran the 8,000-meter course in 25:20 ... placed 114th at the Notre Dame Invitational ... raced well at the NCAA Pre-National meet, covering the course in 25:13 ... closed his season at the BIG EAST Championship, running 24:53 for 47th place ... set several career bests during the indoor track season ... nearly earned a BIG EAST qualification in the 3,000 meters at the Notre Dame Opener, covering the distance in 8:35.13 ... ran the mile in 4:21.28 at the Notre Dame Invitational ... had a great run in the 5,000 meters at the Meyo Invitational, qualifying for the BIG EAST indoor meet with a time of 14:39.56 ... ended up finishing 16th at the league competition ... best 5,000 meters of the outdoor season as a 15:06.30 showing at the Central Collegiate Championship ... had a huge race at the Stanford Invitational 10,000 meters ... ran 30:39.07 to set a career best and qualify for the BIG EAST outdoor meet ... took 16th in both the 5,000 and 10,000 at the league meet, once again breaking 31:00 in the latter with a time of 30:54.90 ... the fortunes of the Irish distance squad will rely heavily on his ability to put together a successful 2007-08 season.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Ran three cross country meets for the Irish ... took 12th overall at the Valparaiso Invitational in 26:37 ... ran 26:12 on the Notre Dame home course at the National Catholic Championship, finishing 28th overall ... competed in the Notre Dame Invitational Gold race, placing 98th in 26:41 ... found the bulk of his success on the track in the 5,000 meters ... ran 15:02.89 at the Blue & Gold Invitational, qualifying for the BIG EAST Indoor Championship ... ran the 3,000 meters at the Notre Dame Invitational, posting a time of 8:40.69 ... ran three different events during the outdoor campaign ... top 1,500-meter time was 4:06.00 at the Indy Relays ... posted his best 5,000-meter performance at the Notre Dame Spring Opener, running 14:49.72 and earning a berth in the BIG EAST Outdoor Championship ... ran the 10,000 meters at the outdoor league meet, finishing 12th with a time of 32:01.48.

AS A FRESHMAN: One of Notre Dame's strong young distance runners ... competed in the early indoor track season, logging a time of 9:05.58 in the 3,000 meters at the Notre Dame Opener.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Lettered all four years in cross country and track while at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School ... Chicago Tribune Scholar-Athlete nominee ... all-state in cross country as a senior ... earned the same distinction in track as a sophomore ... placed 10th at the FootLocker Midwest Cross Country Championships, which placed him on the All-Midwest second team ... four-time all-conference cross country runner ... three-time all-conference performer in track ... sectional champion as a sophomore in the 3,200 ... won regional cross country title as a junior ... owns school records in the indoor and outdoor 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters ... has career-best times of 4:20.9 in the 1,600 and 9:15.5 in the 3,200 ... honorable mention academic all-state ... class valedictorian and member of the National Honor Society in high school ... 2004 Illinois State Scholar ... father ran cross country at Michigan State ... born Nov. 30, 1985 in Winfield, Ill. ... second oldest of five children ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a philosophy major (3.85 cumulative grade-point average through spring 2006) ... has made Dean's List three of first four semesters at Notre Dame, highlighted by a 4.0 GPA during spring 2005 term and a 3.933 in the spring 2006 semester.

Michael Popejoy
Michael  Popejoy


Wheaton, IL

High School:
Wheaton Warrenville South



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