Both the men's and women's squads return key veterans from 2011.
AS A FRESHMAN: Competed in two meets during the cross country season ... finished 11thout of 276 runners on the five mile course at the National Catholic Championship (24:54.7) ... placed 66thout of 163 runners in the five mile blue race at the Notre Dame Invitational (24:39) ... ran in 11 indoor and outdoor races for the Irish ... finished seventh in the 5,000m at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships ... placed first at the Drake Relays in the 4x1,600m relay with a time of 16:42.89 ... ran a season best in the 1,500m at the Louisville Border Battle with a time of 3:50.88 to take sixth ... took first in the 5,000m indoors at the Meyo Invitational and the Blue & Gold Invitational ... took first in the mile with a time of 4:13.65 at the Notre Dame Invitational ... named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... earned a track & field monogram.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL:Graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School (Decatur, Ill.) in the spring of 2012 ... eight-time letter winner in track & field and cross country ... 2012 Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association (ITCCCA) Male Athlete of the Year ... Division 5 winner of the 2011-12 Do What's Right! Sportsperson of the Year for 2012 ... named an Illinois High School academic all-state recipient ... named Illinois Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year in 2011 ... elected Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Athlete of the Year in 2011 ... named four-time all-conference, regional champion and sectional champion in cross country ... named section champion four times in the 3,200m run and three times in the mile ... named 2A state champion in cross country (2011, 2012) and was a four-time 2A state qualifier ... won the 3,200m 2A state meet twice in the 3,200m (2011, 2012) and the mile (2012) ... competed in the Foot Locker Midwest cross county race (2011, 2012) and finished third senior year ... named first team all-region (2010) and second team all-region (2011) at the Footlocker Midwest race ... placed second at NXN Midwest (first team all-region) senior year and made second-team all-region junior year ... competed in the Foot Locker Nationals meet in the three mile (14:18.16) and the 5K (15:11) senior year ... named Illinois State Scholar and to the all-state academic team ... volunteered as a coach with local youth track club and served as a Macon County Teen Court Juror .... Brother, Stephen, ran cross country and track at the University of Mississippi ... full name is Michael Dean Clevenger ... born in Decatur, Ill. ... son of Bill and Candace Clevenger ... has three older brothers ... enrolled in the College of Science and is a science pre-professional major.