Cross Country


AS A JUNIOR: Key member of Notre Dame's cross country team once again in 2001 ... second team member across the finish line at the Valparaiso Invitational, finishing eighth ... third team finisher at the National Catholic Invitational, helping the Irish finish second as a team with a 12th-place effort ... ended up 50th at the Notre Dame Invitational, helping the Irish take the team title ... ran in the Pre National meet, finishing 132nd ... aided a fourth-place Notre Dame finish at the BIG EAST cross country meet, taking 44th place in a highly-competitive field ... eighth on the team at the Great Lakes Regional, helping the Irish automatically qualify for the NCAA Championship with a second-place team finish ... competed in the NCAA cross country championship, finishing eighth on the team as the Irish ended up 19th ... began the indoor track and field season running the 3,000 meters against Michigan State (finished eighth in 10:46.61) ... competed in the mile run at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... first outdoor race was the 5,000 meters (finished seventh in 18:25.91) at the Purdue Invitational ... moved to the 3,000 meters for the Spring Opener, taking 12th place (10:43.7) ... had a strong effort at the Tom Botts Invitational, finishing fourth in the 5,000 meters (17:46.19) ... competed in the 10,000 meters at the BIG EAST outdoor meet, finishing 10th in 38:35.77.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Developed into one of Notre Dame's top eight cross country runners during the 2000 season ... placed ninth in her first collegiate cross country race, the Valparaiso Invitational ... fifth Irish runner across the finish line at the National Catholic Invitational, taking 10th place ... competed in her first BIG EAST championship event, finishing 59th at the 2000 BIG EAST Cross Country Championships ... eighth on the team at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional ... began the indoor season with two top-10 finishes in the 3,000 meters vs. Ball State and Western Michigan and vs. Michigan State ... moved to the 5,000 meters at the Meyo Invitational and finished seventh in the field ... also ran the 5,000 at the Alex Wilson Invitational, finishing fifth ... stayed with the 5,000 meters during the outdoor season, competing at the Purdue Open and the Tom Botts Invitational ... finished sixth at the Woodland Mortgage Relays in the 5,000 meters ... Notre Dame's top finisher in the 10,000 meters at the 2001 BIG EAST Outdoor Championship, taking 10th place in a personal-best 37:38.99.

AS A FRESHMAN: Participated in the 2000 outdoor season ... won her only 5,000-meter competition on the season at the Indy Relays, finishing first in 17:49.07 ... competed in three 3,000- meter races, finishing as high as third at the Boilermaker Open ... her third- place finish at the Boilermaker Open in 10:23.46 was her best 3,000 time of the year.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA:: Earned 11 letters at Custer County, including four each in cross country and track and three in basketball ... Montana state cross country champion as a sophomore and senior ... earned all-state cross country honors three times (first, fifth, first) ... helped lead Custer to the state cross country team title as a junior and the state track title as a freshman ... two-time divisional champ in cross country ... three-time cross country team captain and MVP ... four-time all-conference honoree in both cross country and track and field ... three-time state champion in the 3,200 and was first in the 1,600 meters as a senior ... has track and field school record in the 3,200 with a time of 11:21... undefeated in the 3,200 her junior and senior seasons ... finished third at the U.S. junior cross country championships in 1998 ... student body president and member of the National Honor Society ... won her school's Jerry Ashley Memorial Award given to a senior athlete for athletic contribution, citizenship, community service and scholarship ... cousin Mathew Kincaid plays basketball at Gonzaga ... nickname is "Muffy" ... born Jan. 4, 1981 ... enrolled in the College of Architecture.

Melissa Schmidt
Melissa  Schmidt


Miles City, MT

High School:
Custer Country District



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