National Catholic Championship at Notre Dame, Ind. on Friday September 15, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
2012 Cross Country Season:Competed in six of the seven meets during the cross country season including racing for the Irish at the BIG EAST Championship, NCAA Great Lakes Regional and NCAA Championship ... helped the Irish finish 15th out of 31 teams at the 6K NCAA Championship race ... took 31st out of 217 runners at the 6K Great Lakes Regional (21:06) to help the Irish take third out of 32 teams ... performance came two weeks after placing 36th out of 126 runners at the 6K BIG EAST meet (22:08) in helping Notre Dame to a fifth place finish out of 15 teams ... opened year with an eighth place finish out of 266 runners on the 5K course at the National Catholic Championship (17:38.9) ... took 39th out of 145 runners in the 5K blue race at the Notre Dame Invitational (17:22) ... closed out regular season by finishing 142nd out of 327 runners at the 6K Wisconsin Invitational (21:03).
AS A JUNIOR: Turned in outstanding junior campaign after returning from missing the entire 2010 season ... raced in all seven races on the year, pacing the team in six of them ... named all-region at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional after finishing 10th out of 227 runners on the 6K course with a time of 20:46.7 ... finished 18th out of 138 runners at the 6K BIG EAST Championships, narrowly missing all-BIG EAST honors by three spots after running a season-best 20:41.2 ... also ran for the Irish at the NCAA Championships (21:16.1) ... earned BIG EAST Female Cross Country Athlete of the Week accolades after winning the 5K National Catholic Championships by beating out 271 other runners (17:16) ... opened season with a second place finish out of 81 runners at the 5K Crusader Invitational (18:04.9) ... took 25th out of 225 runners in the 5K blue race at the Notre Dame Invitational (17:33) and 36th out of 305 runners at the 6K Wisconsin Invitational (20:46.5) ... competed in the 3,000m, 5,000m and 10,000m events ... participated in nine indoor/outdoor track & field meets for the Irish ... placed fifth at the BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 10,000m run (35:33.69) ... was a sixth-place finisher at the Notre Dame Invitational in the 3,000m run (9:50.59), setting a personal best ... finished sixth at the Polytan Invitational in the 5,000m run (16:55.80) ... was a participant in the 10,000m run at NCAA East Preliminary Round and at the NCAA Championships ... was a 2011-12 Rosenthal Leadership Academy participant ... named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... earned a track and field monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Did not compete during the cross country and track and field seasons.
AS A FRESHMAN: Made an immediate impact with the Irish cross country and track and field teams, racing in four cross country events on the docket while also racing distance events for the track squad ... earned an All-American accolade in the 10,000 at the NCAA Outdoor ... at the National Catholic Invite, completed the circuit in 18:54.8, finishing 13th overall ... crossed second among Irish racers at the BIG EAST Championship, placing 33rd overall with a 22:24 ... earned Great Lakes all-region recognition after placing 10th in 21:23.84 ... crossed 54th in her first NCAA Championship appearance, stopping the clock at 21:03.5 ... began track season at the Notre Dame Invite in the 3,000, earning a second-place finish in 9:59.68 ... switched to the 5,000 at the Meyo Invitational, finishing 11th overall after finishing in 17:21.06 ... finished 10th at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships in the 5,000 in 16:50.30 ... earned a 10th-place result at the Alex Wilson Invite, clocking a 17:10.48 ... ran first 10,000 of Irish career at the Stanford Invite, finishing 23rd in 35:37.38 ... at the Border Battle, finished in ninth place after stopping the clock at 17:31.97 ... finished fifth overall at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in the 10,000 after posting a 35:01.69 ... earned a lane in the NCAA Championship after finishing in eighth at the NCAA Regionals in the 10,000 while crossing in 34:59.42 ... earned an All-American accolade after finishing 10th at the NCAA Championships in the 10,000 in 33:34.60 as the lone freshman in the 24-member field ... the time sits as the fourth-fastest event mark in program history.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Earned All-America honors in both track and cross country as a senior at Blue Ridge (Ariz.) ... earned all-state honors in track and cross country all four years ... holds the 3A Arizona state record in the 3,000 ... earned four state championships during high school (one cross country, three track) ... National Honor Society member ... born in Denver, Colo. ... daughter of Rhonda and Matthew Rydberg ... has two sisters and one brother ... enrolled in the College of Science and is majoring in pre- professional studies.