Cross Country



Women's Cross Country at the Notre Dame Invitational

The Women's Cross Country team finished 18th at the Notre Dame Invitational on October 1st.

AS A SENIOR: Recorded a season best time of 2:11.24 in the 800m at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships, placing fifth overall ... competed in the 800m and 4x800m relay at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championship ... placed second in the 800m at the Border Battle ... competed in the Purdue Mike Poehlein Invitational in the 1,500m and the 4x400m relay ... finished second in the 800m at the Indiana University Relays ... ran the 1,500m at the Notre Dame Invitational, recording a time of 2:57.59 and placing fifth overall ... finished fourth in the 800m at the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open and was a member of the third place 4x400m relay... ran the 3,000m at the Blue & Gold Invitational and finished fourth overall in the 1,000m ... earned a monogram.

AS A JUNIOR: Competed in only one cross country meet on the season, dedicating most of the campaign to middle distance races with the track team ... in lone cross country race, crossed the finish gate in 23:11.3 at the Pre-National Meet ... competed in the 1,000, 4x800 relay, 1,500 and 1,600 while racing the 800 as her primary event on the track season ... opened up with a victory at the Blue and Gold Invitational in the 1,600, posting a 5:06.38 ... captured a win in the 1,000 at the Indoor Opener, stopping the clock at 2:54.62 ... raced in both the 1,000 and 4x400 relay at the Notre Dame Invitational, placing third in the 1,000 in 2:53.90 while earning a win with her relay team after posting a 3:55.11 ... at the Indiana Relays, competed in the 800 while earning an eighth-place finish after setting a mark of 2:13.62 ... competed in the 800 and 1,000 at the Meyo Invitational ... crossed the line in 2:15.34in the 800 toearn second in her finals heat and finished 18th overall in the 1,000 after crossing in 2:57.00 ... took to the track to race in both the 1,000 and the 4x800 relay at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships ... finished fifth overall in the prelims of the 1,000 in 2:51.23 before going on to finish sixth in the finals with a mark of 2:50.23 ... the time in the 1,000 was the fastest indoor time for the Irish on the season ... in the 4x800 relay, helped her team cross in fifth with a final pace of 8:51.73 ... competed in the 800 at the Alex Wilson Invitational, setting her fastest mark of the indoor season with a 2:10.59 clip, good for 16th ... raced to a 2:11.35 in the 800 at the Stanford Invitational ... changed to the 1,500 race at the Mike Poehlein Invitational, finishing in 12th in 4:50.96 ... finished sixth in the 800 at the Border Battle, stopping the clock at 2:11.64 ... crossed the line in 10th at the Mount SAC Relays in the 800, setting her mark at 2:10.69 ... placed eighth at the VS Beach Invitational in the 800 in 2:10.26, her fastest time in outdoor competition for the year ... placed ninth in the prelims from the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, crossing the line in 2:10.87 to miss out on a finals lane by one-hundredth of a second.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished 11th in the Valparaiso Invitational as the Irish rolled to a team victory in the season-opening cross country meet ... recorded a 18:18 in the Notre Dame National Catholic Championship, good for seventh place and helping the Irish finish second ... finished the Notre Dame Invitational in a 17:48 to place 81st ... finished 39th at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championship ... posted a 22:28 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, good for 49th and helped the Irish finish fourth and move on to the NCAA Championship ... finished third in the 800 at the Notre Dame Invitational (2:11.97) ... ran the 1,600 in 5:04.48 to finish sixth at the Indiana Invitational ... placed second in the 1,000 at the Meyo Invitational, posting a 2:50.98 ... placed sixth in the 1,000 at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships ... won the 800 at the Stanford Invitational in 2:10.84 ... recorded a third-place finish at the Dave Rankin Invitational with a 2:13.34 in the 800.

AS A FRESHMAN: Competed in all six cross country meets for the Irish ... finished sixth at the Valparaiso Invitational in 19:27 ... covered the 5,000 at the National Catholic Championship in 18:17 to finish 10th ... finished 94th at the Notre Dame Invitational in 18:21 ... clocked a 22:04 to finish 131st at the Pre-National Meet ... finished 61st in 22:27 at the BIG EAST Championship ... wrapped up the season with a 79th-place finish at the Great Lakes Regional, clocking a 22:59 ... opened the indoor track season with a second-place performance at the Blue and Gold Invitational, running 1,000 in 2:57.93 ... finished 17th in the 1,000 in 3:03.68 at the Meyo Invitational ... also finished 63rd in the 800 in 2:20.80 ... clocked a 2:14.95 to finish 18th in the 800 at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... finished second at the Eastern Michigan Invitational, running the 800 in 2:16.90 ... clocked a 2:11.58 at the Georgia Tech Invitational to finish 20th in the 800 ... finished 25th in the 1,500 in 4:43.43 ... led off the 4x800 BIG EAST relay team that took third place and earned all-conference honors.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Ten-time letterwinner in cross country, track and field and basketball at Benet Academy (Ill.) ... six-time all-state in cross country and track and field...four-time cross country conference individual and team champion ... member of the two-time conference champion 4x800 relay team for Benet Academy ... regional cross country champion as a freshman and senior ... 4x800 team was regional champion during senior campaign ... earned all-conference honors in cross country and track in all four years of high school ... earned area MVP honors as a senior and was the team cross country MVP four consecutive years ... captained the cross country, track and field and basketball squads as a senior ... set the record for fastest cross country time by a female at Benet with a 17:21 performance ... was named Female Athlete of the Year for 2006-07 by the Naperville Sun ... earned the scholar athlete award from the Chicago Tribune ... member of the National Honor Society ... attended same high school as former Irish thrower Mike Schubert and former Notre Dame cross country and track athlete Kevin Veselik ... born October 2, 1988 ... daughter of Sean and Nancy Higgins ... youngest of four children ... dad played football and basketball at University of St. Thomas ... sister Justine plays soccer at St. Mary's ... family members Heather Higgins, Tom Kinane and Bill Higgins also attended Notre Dame ... graduated from the College of Arts and Letters as an American studies major.

Abby Higgins
Abby  Higgins

Naperville, IL

High School:
Benet Academy


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