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.


Monogram Club 100th Anniversary - Cross Country Top 5

Celebrating the Notre Dame Monogram Club's 100th anniversary, here are our top five men's/women's cross country athletes

AS A JUNIOR: Led the Irish cross country team all season long, qualifying individually for the NCAA Championship ... won her second-consecutive individual title at the National Catholic Championship, running the 5,000-meter course in 17:51 ... placed 18th at the Notre Dame Invitational in 17:15 ... took 19th at the NCAA Pre-National meet ... earned her third All-BIG EAST honors at the league meet, crossing the line in sixth place ... Placed sixth overall at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, earning an at-large berth to the NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, Ind. ... had an off-day at the national meet, finishing in 142nd place ... ran only one meet during the track season ... clocked 4:57.05 in the mile and 9:50.09 in the 3,000 at the Blue and Gold Invitational ... will reprise her role as the team's top cross country runner and will look to pick up more All-America recognition in 2007-08.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Had an outstanding cross country season, culminating in her second career All-America honor at the NCAA Championship (the fifth two-time women's cross country All-American in school history) ... competed in six of the team's meets, kicking off her season with a victory at the National Catholic Championship in 17:42 for 5K ... placed ninth at the Notre Dame Invitational two weeks later, running 17:14 to help team finish third ... finished 30th at the Pre-National Meet in a 6K time of 20:58 ... was third on the team and fifth overall in a Notre Dame title-winning effort at the BIG EAST Championship (21:04), picking up her second consecutive all-conference citation ... in another great performance, took seventh in 21:18 at the Great Lakes Regional meet, helping the Irish finish second and earn an automatic trip to the NCAA Championship ... garnered All-America honors with a 34th-place effort at the NCAA meet, running 20:29 while the Irish placed seventh overall ... did not compete during the indoor track season ... top performances outdoors were a 4:29.58 effort in the 1,500 meters and a 17:06.63 mark in the 5,000 meters ... the 1,500-meter race was run at the Georgia Tech Invitational and nearly qualified her for the NCAA Mideast Regional ... placed eighth in the 1,500 meters at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championship ... will be counted upon to take up mantle of leadership for Irish cross country and distance corps in 2006-07.

AS A FRESHMAN: One of Notre Dame's most consistent and outstanding runners during the cross country season ... showed remarkable improvement throughout the season, culminating in the receipt of her first All-America honor at the NCAA Championships ... took second at the National Catholic Championship in her first race with the Irish ... placed 31st at the Notre Dame Invitational in 17:30 ... helped the team attain a second-place finish at the NCAA Pre-National meet by finishing in 29th place ... earned all-conference honors at the BIG EAST Championships with a 12th-place effort ... stepped up in the absence of Molly Huddle at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, finishing sixth and helping the team take second place and earn a birth to the NCAA Championship ... concluded her amazing freshman campaign by placing 32nd at the national meet, earning All-America honors and contributing to the team's fourth-place finish and second trip to the podium in three years ... won the mile at the indoor Notre Dame Invitational in 4:51.98 ... established her current career best in the 3,000 meters at the Meyo Invitational, running 9:32.33 for eighth place ... earned two all-BIG EAST honors at the league indoor meet, placing third in the 3,000 meters in 9:36.13 and second in the distance medley relay in 11:32.29 ... was joined on the DMR by Stephanie Madia, Brianne Schmidt, and Crysta Swayzer ... focused on the 5,000 meters during the outdoor season ... set a very fast career best in the 5,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational, finishing second behind teammate Stephanie Madia in 16:14.77 ... competed at the prestigious Mount SAC Relays, earning 17th place in the 5,000 meters while posting a time of 16:27.12 ... just missed out on outdoor all-BIG EAST honors in the 5,000 meters, running 16:39.71 for fourth place.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Outstanding prep career as she captured 12 individual state titles and seven team championships at Minster High School ... lettered all four years in track and cross country and also earned two varsity letters in basketball ... USA Today All-American in track during her junior and senior seasons ... won the adidas Outdoor Championship in the two-mile in 2003 and 2004 ... went undefeated in the 1,600 meters, 3,200 meters, and the 4x800 meter relay the final two years of her high school career ... four-time state champion in the 1,600 ... ninth girl in Ohio history to win the same event four times at the state meet ... three state crowns as part of the 4x800 relay team ... two state titles in the 3,200 ... state record holder in the 1,600 (4:48) and the 3,200 (10:20) ... garnered all-state recognition all four years in cross country and track ... owns school marks in cross country, 800 meters, 1,600 meters, 3,200 meters, and as a member of the 4x800-meter relay team ... qualified for the 2002 and 2003 Footlocker Nationals ... basketball team won the state title her senior season ... Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year in the state of Ohio her senior year ... Wendy's High School Heisman state finalist ... member of the National Honor Society ... oldest of three children ... born May 28, 1986 in St. Mary's, Ohio ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters ... twice earned Dean's List honors during her freshman year, including a perfect 4.0 semester GPA during the spring 2005 term ... named to 2004-05 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.

Sunni Olding
Sunni  Olding


Minster, OH

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