The Irish welcomed in Catholic schools from around the country for the 35th annual National Catholic Championships.
BIG EAST Academic All-Star, 2012
AS A SENIOR: Competed in six meets during the cross country season ... kicked off the year with a fourth-place finish at the National Catholic Championship 5K (17:44.55) ... finished 64th of 165 runners at the Notre Dame Invitational 5K (17:14.1) ... ran to a strong 38th-place finish at the ACC Championships 6K (21:19.7) ... placed 48th of 219 runners at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional 6K (21:11) ... competed at the NCAA Championships 6K.
AS A JUNIOR:Competed in four meets during the cross country season ... placed third out of 33 runners in the Crusader Invitational 5K (18:10.8) ... placed 52ndout of 91 runners in the National Catholic Championship 5K (19:19.3) ... finished 36thout of 110 runners in the JV race of the Notre Dame Invitational 5K (19:29.4) ... finished 99th out of 140 runners in the ACC Championship 6K (22:43.4) ... competed in four meets during the outdoor track & field season ... represented the Irish in two events at the ACC Outdoor Championships: placed 26th of 41 runners in the preliminary 1500m run (4:37.95) while finishing 36th of 45 runners in the 5000m run (17:37.98).
AS A SOPHOMORE:Competed in one meet during the cross country season ... ran for the Irish at the season-opening Crusader Invitational 5K ... ran in nine meets during the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons ... specialized in the 1500m run ... placed seventh at the GVSU Second to Last Chance Meet ... competed at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships ... ran the 800m at the Louisville Border Battle ... placed eighth in the 1500m at the Notre Dame Invitational.
AS A FRESHMAN:Did not compete during the cross country or track and field seasons ... named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL:Karen Kathleen Lesiewicz graduated from Schaumburg (Ill.) High School in the spring of 2011 ... lettered four times in cross country and four times in track and field, running mid-distance on the track ... in cross country, earned three all-conference tallies, two all-region honors and one all-state accolade ... named team MVP and captain as a senior ... stellar junior season on the track saw a conference, sectional and state championship, and all-conference and all-state marks ... was selected as team captain and team MVP as a junior ... also earned all-state honors as a sophomore on the track ... best times include 16:55 in the three-mile run, 10:47 in the 3200m, 4:54 in the 1600m and 2:13 in the 800m ... ran a leg of state championship 4x800m relay team ... time of 9:06 set a school record ... cross country team won IHSA state championship in 2010 ... 4:54 in the 1600m was a school record and won state championship ... also a member of the Drama Club and improv team ... participated in vacation bible school and was a YMCA camp counselor ... was an academic scholar and a member of the Thespian Society ... received the Foreign Language award ... born to Thomas and Kathy Lesiewicz in Schaumburg, Ill. ... has three older brothers, Brian, Tim and Patrick ... brothers, Brian and Tim, both ran cross country and track and field at North Central College ... brother, Patrick (`14), transferred to Notre Dame from North Central College to run cross country and track and field ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business and majoring in marketing.