Cross Country



Tim Connelly: If His Office Walls Could Talk

Latest in a series, offering an inside look at some of the meaningful items that line the walls in the offices of Notre Dame's head coaches.


In For The Long Haul

Don't let his quiet demeanor fool you. Longtime Notre Dame coach Tim Connelly has made a lasting impact on the women's cross country and track distance runners over the past quarter-century.

Honors & Awards


Cross Country (2001, 2002, 2003)

1,500 Outdoor (2002)

Mile (2003)

BIG EAST Champion

Cross Country - Individual (2003)

Indoor Mile (2003, 2004)

Distance Medley Relay (2003)

AS A JUNIOR: Capped another stellar cross country season in 2003 by becoming the first three-time All-American in Notre Dame women's cross country history ... finished 28th (20:35.6) at the NCAA Championship in Ames, IA ... helped the team finish 10th overall, the second-consecutive top-10 finish for the team at the NCAA Championship ... earned all-BIG EAST honors for the second consecutive season at the BIG EAST Championship, finishing 14th overall as Notre Dame claimed its second-straight conference title ... ended up second in the Notre Dame Invitational, 12 seconds behind teammate Molly Huddle ... also competed at the Pre-National meet (19th) and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional (seventh) ... concentrated on the mile during the 2004 indoor track and field season ... claimed her second consecutive BIG EAST Championship in the indoor mile, finishing the race in 4:53.95 ... also won the mile in the Alex Wilson Invitational and Notre Dame Invitational ... moved on to the NCAA Championship in the mile, finishing 10th overall (4:40.57) to just miss All-America honors ... also just missed all-BIG EAST honors in the 4x800-meter relay at the league indoor meet, finishing fourth (8:59.26) along with Megan Johnson, Katie DeRusso and Kerry Meagher ... qualified for the NCAA Championship as a member of the distance medley relay team ... combined with Meagher, Kristen Dodd and Molly Huddle to finish second at the Meyo Invitational in 11:07.94 ... just miss a repeat BIG EAST title in the DMR, finishing second along with Okechi Ogbuokiri, Johnson and Meagher ... team ended up 10th at the NCAA Championship (11:22.33) ... suffered an illness during the 2004 outdoor season which limited her participation ... did return to the track to score points toward the team effort at the BIG EAST outdoor meet, finishing eighth in 4:29.15 ... ran a season-best 4:24.52 in the 1,500 meters at the Georgia Tech Invitational.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Carried over the momentum from an outstanding rookie season in 2001-02 to post one of the top second-year campaigns in Notre Dame women's track and field history ... finished as an All-American in cross country and the indoor mile ... became the first Irish women's cross country runner to win the individual BIG EAST Championship, leading the Irish to their first team victory as well ... ended the season with three individual BIG EAST titles (cross country, indoor mile, distance medley relay) ... key member of Notre Dame's 2002 women's cross country team, which enjoyed its most successful ever ... began the cross country slate with a second-place effort in the adidas Invitational ... finished sixth in the highly-competitive Notre Dame Invitational ... made the trip to Terre Haute for the Pre-National meet, finishing sixth overall ... led Notre Dame's BIG EAST Champion cross county effort by finishing first in 20:23 ... ran well at the Great Lakes Regional, finishing third as Notre Dame claimed its first regional title ... second Irish harrier across the finish line at the NCAA Cross Country Championship, finishing 19th to earn All-America honors ... Notre Dame finished third, its top finish in the program's history ... began the 2003 indoor season running the 800 meters against Western Michigan and Ball State, finishing second in 2:14.16 ... concentrated on the mile run for most of the indoor slate, posting a blistering 4:38.37 at the Alex Wilson Invitational to qualify for the NCAA indoor meet ... claimed her first BIG EAST track and field individual title in the mile run, finishing in 4:46.90 ... also won a BIG EAST title as a member of the distance medley relay team ... helped teammates Tricia Floyd, Megan Johnson and Molly Huddle finish first in a meet record 11:24.45 ... took fourth place in the preliminaries of the mile run at the NCAA Championship in Fayetteville, Ark. ... ended up seventh in the finals to earn All-America honors ... also ran the 3,000 meters at the Meyo Invitational during the indoor season, finishing fifth in a personal-best 9:19.52 ... set her sights on All-America honors in the 1,500 meters during the outdoor season ... finished fourth at the Mt. SAC Relays in 4:16.43 ... just missed her third BIG EAST title of the year at the league outdoor meet, finishing second in the 1,500 meters in 4:18.85 ... posted her season-best 1,500-meter effort at the Georgia Tech Invitational, finishing third in 4:14.72 ... qualified for the inaugural NCAA Mideast Regional, taking second in her preliminary heat (4:21.31) and fifth in the finals (4:19.02) to move on the the NCAA Championship ... ended up 20th in the 1,500 meters at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif.

AS A FRESHMAN: Quickly established herself as a cross country and middle-distance standout ... did not appear in the first four meets of the cross country season due to the late track and field season in Canada ... entered the Notre Dame Invitational and made quite a first impression, winning her first collegiate cross country competition and helping the Irish claim the team title ... hinted at her eventual All-America finish in the Pre-National meet, finishing 15th overall ... aided the team's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship with a strong second-place finish at the Great Lakes Regional meet ... became the third women's cross country All-American in Notre Dame history with a 27th-place finish at the NCAA Championship in Furman, S.C. ... began her collegiate indoor track and field competition with a victory in the 800 meters against Michigan State (2:13.35) ... moved up to the 1,000 meters at the Meyo Invitational and finished second in 9:35.86 ... just missed all-BIG EAST honors at the conference indoor meet, finishing fourth in the mile (4:59.18) ... qualified for the NCAA Championship in the mile run with a spectacular 4:44.60 school-record second-place effort during the Alex Wilson Invitational ... ended up seventh in the preliminaries of the mile run (4:45.09) at the NCAA indoor meet, missing out on the finals by .07 seconds ... began the outdoor season in the Stanford Invitational, finishing ninth in the top section of the 1,500 meters in 4:22.89 and setting the school record ... cruised to a second-place finish in the 800 meters at the Spring Opener (2:12.50) ... made the trip to the Tom Botts Invitational to win the 800 meters (2:10.22) ... finished fifth in section B of the 1,500 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays (4:23.47) ... earned all-BIG EAST honors for the first time in her track and field career in the 1,500 meters, running 4:21.10 to finish second ... improved her 1,500-meter time dramatically at the Georgia Tech Invitational and cemented a place in the NCAA Championship field with a 4:17.33 effort (third place) ... earned the second All-America honor of the season in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Championships in Baton Rouge, La., finishing sixth in a school-record 4:16.51.

HIGH SCHOOL & PERSONAL DATA: Multi-sport standout at Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Ontario ... competed in track and field, cross country, swimming and nordic skiing ... earned four consecutive provincial high school championships in the 800 meters ... one of the top senior cross country runners in Canada ... finished 26th at the 2001 World Cross Country Championships in Ostend, Belgium ... won the 1,500 meters at the National Junior Championships with a 4:22.11 effort ... placed third in the 2000 National Junior Cross Country Championships ... set conference track and field records in the 400 meters, 800 meters and 1,500 meters ... named MVP of the Lawrence Park swimming team that captured the 2000 provincial high school championship ... born Sept. 13, 1982 in Toronto, Ontario ... enrolled in the College of Science with a biology major.

Lauren King
Lauren  King


Toronto, Ontario

High School:
Lawrence Park College Institute



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