Notre Dame women, Michael Clevenger, look to continue upward trajectory at nation's biggest meet
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The 24th-ranked Notre Dame Women's Cross Country team takes 10th place in the 2009 Notre Dame Invitational
AS A JUNIOR: Notre Dame's top finisher at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championship ... finished 99th in the nation in 21:24, helping the Irish finish 29th as a team ... helped lead Notre Dame to a first-place finish at the season-opening Valparaiso Invitational, finishing second, behind teammate Marissa Treece ... placed first at the National Catholic Championship, in 17:31, to help the Irish win the meet ... paced the Irish at the Notre Dame Invitational, completing the circuit in 17:04 ... finished 26th overall at the Pre-NCAA Meet in 21:01 ... earned her second all-league honor at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championship placing 13th in 20:58 ... helped the Irish place fourth at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in 21:29, earning the team a trip to the NCAA Championship ... followed those strong cross country performances by participating in long distance events and the steeplechase during the track season ... Notre Dame's best finisher in the 1,600 at the Indiana Invitational, placing second in 4:55.23 ... placed seventh in the 3,000 at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational, finishing in 9:31.87 ... placed eighth in the 3,000 at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships ... paced the Irish in the 5,000 at the Alex Wilson Invitational, while finishing eighth ... finished ninth in her first steeplechase race of the year at the Stanford Invitational, running a 10:23.10 ... followed that with a 12th place steeplechase finish at the Mount SAC Relays ... finished third in the steeplechase at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, earning an all-conference honor.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Participated in five cross country meets for the Irish ... finished fourth in her first meet of the season, clocking a 17:49 at the National Catholic Championship ... ran a 17:38 to finish 31st at the Notre Dame Invitational ... finished 37th at the Pre-National Meet in 21:03 ... earned her first all-BIG EAST cross country honor with a 14th-place finish at the BIG EAST Championship, clocking in at 21:13 ... closed out the season with a 103rd-place finish (23:16) at the Great Lakes Regional ... concentrated on the 1,600 and 3,000 during the indoor track season ... took eighth place at the Notre Dame Invitational with a 5:02.79 in the 1,600 ... ran the 1,600 in 5:07.67 to finish third at the Indiana Relays ... finished third in the 3,000 with a 9:54.22 ... opened the outdoor season with fifth-place finishes in the 800 and 1,500 at the Mike Poehlein Invitational ... ran the 800 in 2:19.30 and the 1,500 in 4:42.03 ... took the top spot in the steeplechase in 10:58.00 at the Spartan Invitational ... followed that with a fourth-place showing at the Mount SAC Relays, running the steeplechase in 10:45.73 ... finished 10th in the 1,500 in 4:38.71 at the VS Athletics Beach Invitational ... garnered all- league honors with her third-place performance in the steeplechase at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, smashing her own school record in 10:29.63 ... finished 13th place (4:32.20) in the 1,500 at the Georgia Tech Invitational and took 30th (2:14.94) in the 800 ... closed out her season with a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional, running the steeplechase in 11:00.61.
AS A FRESHMAN: Finished as one of the top-five runners for the Irish in every cross country meet she ran ... took sixth at the National Catholic Championship, after running 18:17 ... dropped that time to 18:04 at the Notre Dame Invitational where she was 79th ... took 126th at the NCAA Pre-National meet ... placed 27th in the BIG EAST meet in a third-place team effort ... closed her season placing 35th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional ... concentrated on the 1,600 during the indoor track season ... ran the 3,000 at the Notre Dame Invitational, coming through in 10:01.67 ... broke five minutes in the 1,600 for the first time of the season at the Meyo Invitational, finishing 10th in 4:54.97 ... qualified for the finals of the 1,600 at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships, running 4:55.85 ... took ninth in the final in 4:57.47 ... garnered the first all-conference honors of her career by taking third in the distance medley relay relay with teammates Joanna Schultz, Brianne Schmidt and Katie DeRusso (11:49.66) ... ran the 1,200 leg of the relay ... ran a season best 1,600 at the Alex Wilson Invitational, finishing 12th in 4:53.49 ... ran a strong outdoor 1,500 at the Central Collegiate Championship, finishing in 4:30.59 ... focused heavily on the steeplechase, establishing her best time of the season and a school record at the BIG EAST outdoor meet ... ran 10:41.33 to finish third and earn additional all-conference hardware ... competed on the 4x800 relay to take sixth ... qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the steeplechase ... placed 13th in 10:47.10.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Four-year letterwinner in cross country and indoor and outdoor track at Saratoga Springs High School (N.Y.) ... 15-time All-America honoree between cross country and track ... four-time all-state selection in cross country ... 2006 Gatorade Athlete of the Year for the state of New York ... three-time top-30 finisher at Foot Locker National Cross Country Championship (placed 22nd in 2005) ... holds national high school record in 2,000 steeplechase (6:36.05), a mark she set and re-broke several times in her final year ... also led off SSHS 4x1,600 relay team that set national indoor high school record in 2005 (19:59.24) ... ranked among national top 10 during 2006 indoor season for several events, including the 1,500 (seventh - 4:31.50), 1,600 (10th - 4:52.58), 3,000 (second - 9:42.55; fastest on a banked track) and two 1,600 (fifth - 10:41.29) ... took third in high school 1,600 at famed Millrose Games in 2006 (her third consecutive appearance at event) ... finished as 2006 state runner-up in 3,000 run ... won title at 2005 Brown Cross Country Invitational (18:14) ... placed third at 2005 New York state cross country championship (17:39.57 for 5K), helping team win state title (its 14th in past 17 seasons) ... also member of three-time Nike Team Nationals cross country national champions (set national meet scoring record in 2004 with 51 points) and 2005 national runner-up ... helped pace four-time New York state cross country team champion ... National Honor Society member ... born August 12, 1988, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. ... daughter of Christine and Gary Ferguson ... middle of three children ... father, Gary was a two-sport standout (football and track) at Northwood University (Mich.) ... aunt, Melissa Harbour, was a heptathlete at Texas A&M ... currently enrolled in graduate studies.
FERGUSON'S CAREER INDOOR BESTS
|800 Meters (Notre Dame Indoor Opener)||2:17.79|
|1,600m (Indiana Relays)||4:45.92|
|3,000 Meters (Meyo Invitational)||9:22.75|
|5,000 Meters (BIG EAST Championships)||16:27.45|
FERGUSON'S CAREER OUTDOOR BESTS
|800 Meters (Georgia Tech Invitational)||2:14.94|
|1,500 Meters (Purdue Mike Poehlein Invitational)||4:29.24|
|5,000 Meters (Stanford Invitational)||16:52.22|
|Steeplechase (Mt. SAC Relays)||10:15.23|