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    Julie Opet  
    Julie Opet

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Wayne, PA

    High School:
    Radnor

    Height:
    5-5

    Birthdate:
    05/30/1986


    AS A JUNIOR: Continued to develop into a fine runner for the Irish cross country and track teams ... was one of the team's top-five cross country runners all season long ... led the team at the Valparaiso Invitational with a third-place finish ... helped the Irish women win the team title at the National Catholic Championship with her fifth-place effort ... ran 17:44 over 5,000 meters at the Notre Dame Invitational, finishing 47th ... took 59th at the NCAA Pre-National meet ... placed 28th in the BIG EAST meet before ending her season with an excellent 24th-place showing at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional ... top performance of the indoor track campaign was her 4:56.90 mile at the Blue and Gold Invitational ... did not compete during the outdoor track and field season ... her continued improvement will be one of the keys to the Notre Dame women's distance program in 2007-08.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Showed major improvement in her second season of competition with the Irish ... raced in four cross country meets during the fall ... took 16th at the Valparaiso Invitational, covering 6K in 23:41 ... ran a career-best time of 18:43 and again finished 16th on Notre Dame's home course at the National Catholic Championship ... placed 33rd overall and second on the team in the Notre Dame Invitational Gold Division race, running 18:51 ... took 57th at the Pre-National Meet Open race (24:13) ... qualified for the BIG EAST Championship in the mile during the indoor track season and nearly added another league qualifying mark in the 1,000 meters ... ran 5:04.63 in the mile at the Notre Dame Invitational to meet the BIG EAST standard ... missed BIG EAST qualifying in the 1,000 meters by .03 seconds at the Meyo Invitational (career-best 2:59.07) ... finished 11th at the BIG EAST indoor meet with a career-best mile time of 5:01.55 ... also ran 5:01.92 for the mile at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... concentrated on the 3,000-meter steeplechase during the outdoor season ... established a career-best mark at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational, completing the event in 11:09.22 ... qualified for the BIG EAST outdoor meet in the steeple, finishing 12th at the league championship in 11:13.39.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Ran three cross country races in her first year.... Finished second in JV race at National Catholic Championship ... had personal best 5K time of 18:59 at Notre Dame Invitational, finishing 30th in Gold Division race ... finished 82nd at the Pre-National Meet in the Open race (23:30) ... middle distance and steeplechase specialist in track ... 10th at the Notre Dame Opener in the 800 (2:22.75) ... finished 13th in the mile at the Notre Dame Invitational (5:18.80) ... ran personal-best 5:16.06 in the mile at the Meyo Invitational... won steeplechase at Indy Relays in 11:31.68 ... finished fifth at Central Collegiates in steeplechase ... ran personal best in steeplechase at Hillside Gina Relays (11:10.74) to qualify for BIG EAST Outdoor Championship ... finished 16th at league meet in 11:38.27. HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Three-sport athlete at Radnor High School, with track, cross country and soccer ... earned most state medals in school history ... school record holder in 800 and two mile ... member of All-America distance medley relay team ... voted MVP of team 11 times (four in cross country, four in indoor track, three in outdoor track) ... earned all-state honors seven times ... team captain in cross country and track and field (indoor and outdoor) her senior year ... born May 30, 1986 ... daughter of Denise and William Opet ... middle of three children ... father, William played baseball at Boston University ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a political science major.

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