Men's Cross Country won the National Catholic Invitational at Notre Dame Golf Course on September 17th.
AS A JUNIOR: Competed in the last five meets of the season, earning all-BIG EAST and all-region honors before leading the way for the Irish at the NCAA Championships ... was the top runner on the team at both regionals and nationals ... placed 52ndout of 245 runners at the 10K NCAA Championships (30:20.0) ... earned all-region honors at the 10K NCAA Great Lakes Regional (31:02) after finishing ninth out of 201 runners to help Notre Dame take fifth out of 30 teams ... earned an eighth place showing out of 114 runners at the 8K BIG EAST Championship (24:46.52) to earn all-BIG EAST honors in helping the Irish finish third out of 14 runners ... opened year with a 35thplace finish out of 163 runners in the five mile blue race at the Notre Dame Invitational (24:21) ... closed out regular season with a 72ndplace finish out of 316 runners on the 8K course at the Wisconsin Invitational (24:08) ... named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team ... earned a cross country monogram ... competed in eight track & field meets during the indoor and outdoor season ... ran at the NCAA East Preliminaries in the 10,000m ... placed 13th in the 10,000m (30:35.36) and 17th in the 5,000m (15:08.26) at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships ... registered a 10th-place finish in the 5,000m (14:20.79) at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... ran at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships in the 5,000m and 3,000m ... finished sixth in the 5000m (14:32.50) at the Meyo Invitational ... placed third in the 3,000m (8:26.31) at the Notre Dame Invitational ... registered a second place finish in the 5,000m (14:35.66) at the Blue & Gold Invitational ... named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... earned a track & field monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE:Turned in a strong sophomore cross country campaign, earning all-BIG EAST and all-region accolades ... named all-BIG EAST after finishing 10thout of 123 runners at the conference meet, completing the 8K course in 23:52.2 ... earned all-region accolades after crossing the line 20thout of 211 runners at the 10K Great Lakes Regional (30:44.2) ... finished second for the Irish at the 10K NCAA National Championships (30:52.6), placing 110thout of 255 runners ... opened campaign at the 8K National Catholic Championships, taking second out of 255 runners (24:35) ... also placed 53rdout of 205 runners in the 8K blue race at the Notre Dame Invitational (24:56) and 81stout of 270 runners at the 8K Wisconsin Invitational ... was productive in seven indoor/outdoor track & field meets for the Irish ... gathered in a fifth-place finish out of a field of 25 in the 5,000m run (14:35.09) at the Notre Dame Blue & Gold Invitational ... ran 29:21 in the 10,000m at the Stanford Invitational ... picked up a fifth-place finish and a college best at the Polytan Invitational in the 5,000m with a 14:27.83 ... participated in the BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships and in the NCAA Championships for the Irish ... named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... selected to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team for track & field ... earned a monogram in both cross country and track & field.
AS A FRESHMAN: Scored for the Irish in all six races as a true freshman ... finished fourth for Notre Dame and ninth overall at the National Catholic Invitational with a time of 25:11 ... finished fourth for the Irish and 44th overall at the Notre Dame Invitational with a time of 24:44 ... placed fifth for the Irish & 61st overall at the Pre-National Invitational with a time of 24:40 ... claimed second for Notre Dame & 20th overall at the Big East Championships with a time of 25:59 ... finished fifth for the Irish and 40th overall at NCAA Great Lakes Regional with a time of 31:22 ... claimed fifth for Notre Dame & 124th overall at the NCAA Championships with a time of 31:37 ... earned a cross country monogram ... competed in middle distances races during his first campaign with the Irish, taking to the track at four meets on the season ... set best mile time of the year at the Notre Dame Invitational, stopping the clock at 4:27.71 to finish 17th ... raced in the 3,000m at the Indiana University Relays, finishing third in finals heat and 11th overall with a time of 8:45.94 ... ran the 5,000m run at the Blue & Gold Invitational, placing fifth in the 17-member field after crossing in 14:45.95 ... ended season running in the 5,000m at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships, posting a time of 15:12.93 and finishing 21st.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Nine-time letter winner in cross country, track & field, and bass fishing at Fenwick (Ill.) ... during junior and senior cross country seasons was a regional champion, team captain, MVP and an all-state selection ... during sophomore, junior and senior campaigns was a Chicago Catholic League all- conference selection in cross country ... in senior season, nationally ranked and an All-American in cross country ... on the track & field side as a senior: conference champion, team captain, MVP, all-conference selection and an all-state selection ... finished 13th at the 2009 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships ... ran at the Nike Cross Country Nationals in 2009, finishing 20th ... was the only Illinois runner to qualify for both national championships ... as a junior, finished 12th in cross country in the state ... finished eighth in the state meet and 13th in the nation in cross country as a senior ... born in Oak Lawn, Ill. ... son of John and Kathleen Grady ... has three siblings ... a member of the National Honor Society ... an Eagle Scout ... enjoys fishing and playing guitar in his free time ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business and is majoring in accounting.