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    Jessica Balko  
    Jessica Balko

    Class:
    Junior

    Hometown:
    Mishawaka, IN

    High School:
    Mishawaka


    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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