Cross Country



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

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


Both Irish Teams Claim National Catholic Championship Crowns

Jeremy Rae and Rebecca Tracy win individual race titles.


Irish To Host 33rd Annual National Catholic Championships

Notre Dame looks to defend their championship titles.


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.


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.

Jessica Balko
Jessica  Balko


Mishawaka, IN

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