Cross Country



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.

AS A JUNIOR: Earned the first two All-American honors of her career during a truly outstanding year ... individual champion at the National Catholic Championship, running the Irish course in 17:38 ... took 17th at the Notre Dame Invitational in 17:11 ... kept improving over the course of the season, placing 11th at the NCAA Pre-National meet ... earned all-BIG EAST honors with a 10th-place finish at the league meet (21:00) ... with Molly Huddle out, stepped up and led the team to second place in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional ... covered the 6,000 meter course in 20:10 ... received her first All-America honors at the NCAA Championships, running 20:57 for 23rd place ... helped the team obtain the fourth-place team trophy after closing the season with a sixth-place national ranking ... set a career best in the mile run at the Notre Dame Opener in 4:54.35 ... set a huge career best in the 3,000 meters at the Meyo Invitational in 9:39.70 ... improved the mark at the BIG EAST indoor meet, running 9:25.12 to earn all-BIG EAST honors with a second-place finish ... also competed in the distance medley relay at the league meet, earning second place with Crysta Swayzer, Brianne Schmidt, and Sunni Olding in 11:32.29 ... bettered her personal mark in the 3,000 meters at the Alex Wilson Invitational, placing third in 9:22.50 with the ninth-fastest performance in school history ... qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championship in the 3,000 meters ... finished 12th at the national meet in 9:36.67 ... opened the outdoor season with a 16:14.30 effort in the 5,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational, winning the event ... ran a very fast 5,000 meters at the Mount SAC Relays, placing fourth in 15:53.11 for the fifth-best time in Notre Dame history ... qualified for the outdoor BIG EAST meet in two events, placing sixth in the 1,500 meters in 4:36.69 and third in the 5,000 meters in 16:39.30 ... earned all-BIG EAST honors in the 5,000 meters ... qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the 5,000 meters ... ran 16:23.78 for fourth place at the meet, qualifying for the NCAA Championship ... reached the 5,000 meter final at the championships by running 16:14.59 in the preliminaries ... finished fifth in the final, running 16:43.98 to obtain her second All-America honors of the 2004-2005 school year.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Joined the cross country season late due to an injury but played a key role when back in the Notre Dame lineup ... finished 57th at the Pre-National meet, her first competition of the 2003 season ... moved up to 20th at the BIG EAST Championship, helping the Irish claim their second straight conference crown ... ran well at the Great Lakes Regional, finishing 15th overall as Notre Dame claimed the team title ... competed in her second consecutive NCAA Cross Country Championships in Ames, Iowa, finishing 111th ... did not compete during the 2004 indoor track and field season ... returned to the track for the outdoor campaign, running both the 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters ... earned all-BIG EAST track honors for the first time in her career at the league outdoor meet, finishing third in the 5,000 meters (16:37.35) ... her 16:34.48 effort in the 5,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays qualified her for the NCAA Mideast Regional, in which she finished sixth in 16:36.45 ... won the 3,000 meters at Notre Dame's Spring Opener (9:52.94) ... ran both the 800 meters and 1,500 meters at the Georgia Tech Invitational.

AS A FRESHMAN: One of the top cross country and distance specialists on the team during her rookie season ... key contributor as one of the top seven harriers during the 2002 cross country team and appeared at both BIG EAST championship meets during the 2003 track and field slate ... finished fifth in the first collegiate cross country meet, the National Catholic ... ended up 34th in the Notre Dame Invitational ... competed in the Pre-National meet in Terre Haute, Ind., finishing 71st overall ... helped Notre Dame win its first women's cross country team title with a 31st-place finish at the league meet ... aided another team title at the Great Lakes Regional, finishing 27th overall ... ran at the NCAA cross country championship, finishing 78th overall ... concentrated on the mile for the 2003 indoor track and field season ... qualified for the BIG EAST indoor meet, finishing 12th overall (5:11.00) ... one of the top 1,500-meter specialists on the team during the outdoor season ... scored points toward the team effort at the BIG EAST outdoor meet, finishing eighth in the finals of the 1,500 meters (4:30.65) ... qualified for the inaugural NCAA Mideast Regional, finishing sixth in her heat (in a season-best 4:26.28) and 10th in the finals ... finished third in both the 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters at the Tom Botts Invitational.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: One of the premier distance runners in the state of Pennsylvania and among the nation's best cross country standouts ... four-year letter winner in both cross country and track and field at North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pa. ... four-time all-state honoree in cross country, winning state championship as a senior ... also placed second in state cross country meet as a junior and third as a sophomore ... ranked 23rd in the nation at 2001 Foot Locker National Championships ... ranked among top 50 high school cross country runners in nation by The Harrier ... four-time all-state selection in outdoor track and field, winning state title in 1,600 meters as both a junior and senior, and placing second in 3,200 meters as a sophomore ... also named to indoor all-state track team as a sophomore and never finished lower than sixth in 3,000 meters at state meet during her prep career ... set school record in outdoor 3,200-meter run (10:46) and as member of 3,200-meter relay (9:23) ... named Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Athlete of the Year in 2001 and 2002 ... named Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Athlete of the Year in 2002 ... member of National Honor Society ... also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity ... younger of two children ... born Sept. 30, 1983, in Pittsburgh, Pa. ... two-time member of the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team (2002-03, 2004-05) ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business while pursuing a finance degree ... garnered Dean's List recognition during spring 2005 term after recording a 3.96 semester GPA.

Stephanie Madia
Stephanie  Madia


Wexford, PA

High School:
North Allegheny



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