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    Jessica Balko  
    Jessica Balko

    Class:
    Sophomore

    Hometown:
    Mishawaka, IN

    High School:
    Mishawaka


    09/28/2012

    Women Place Second, Men Third At 57th Annual Notre Dame Invitational

    The runner-up finish for the women was the best since 2003.

    09/14/2012

    Both Irish Teams Claim National Catholic Championship Crowns

    Jeremy Rae and Rebecca Tracy win individual race titles.

    09/13/2012

    Irish To Host 33rd Annual National Catholic Championships

    Notre Dame looks to defend their championship titles.

    08/31/2012

    Pair Of Close Seconds For Irish Cross Country At Crusader Open

    Junior Meg Ryan finishes second in return; Sydni Meunier takes third in Irish debut.

    08/30/2012

    Irish Cross Country Off To Crusader Open; Both Squads Earn Preseason Rankings

    Men's and women's squads both among top 25 in preseason for first time since 2005.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Ran in three meets for the Irish during the cross country season ... opened the year at the 5K Crusader Invitational before placing 19th out of 104 runners in the JV 5K race at the National Catholic Championship (20:18.7) ... closed out the year by running in the JV 5K race at the Notre Dame Invitational ... competed in two meets for the Irish ... ran the 1,500m at the Polytan Invitational ... posted a season-best time of 5:13.40 in the 1,500m at the Spartan Invitational.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Graduated from Mishawaka High School in the spring of 2012 ... participated in track & field and cross country, earning eight varsity letters ... assisted teammates to a state qualification in the 4x800m relay (2010, 2011) ... was a member of the 4x800m sectional championship team (2010, 2011) ... won the 1,600m run at the sectional meet ... achieved the sportsmanship award in cross-country (2010, 2011) and the Frank M. Steele Mental Attitude Award in track (2011, 2012) ... named to the National Honor Society ... participated in the student newspaper, church choirs and Junior Kiwanis ... born to Timothy and LeAnn Balko in Mishawaka, Ind. ... has a younger brother, Joshua ... full name is Jessica Marie Balko.

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