The 24th-ranked Notre Dame Women's Cross Country team takes 10th place in the 2009 Notre Dame Invitational
AS A JUNIOR: Helped anchor an Irish cross country team that made its first NCAA Championships appearance since 2005 ... opened the cross country season by finishing fourth in the Valparaiso Invitational (18:20), helping the Irish win the meet ... finished 11th with a time of 18:24 as the Irish won the National Catholic Championship ... recorded a time of 17:49, good for an 82nd-place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational ... finished 44th at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships in Bronx, N.Y. ... finished 36th with a time of 22:07 to help the Irish finish forth at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, earning a berth in the NCAA Championships ... placed second in the 3,000 meters at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener with a time of 9:57.49 ... finished sixth in the 3,000 meters at the Notre Dame invitational (9:59.55) ... just missed a top-ten finish, placing 11th in the 5,000 meters at the Meyo Invitational ... finished in the top-15 in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships ... ran the 5,000 meters in 17:07.47 at the Alex Wilson Invitational, good for ninth place ... placed fifth in the 5,000 meters at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships with a time of 36:04.89.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Competed in all six meets for the Irish ... opened the season with a third-place finish (19:07) at the Valparaiso Invitational ... finished seventh with a time of 18:11 at the National Catholic Championship ... ran the Notre Dame Invitational in a time of 18:34 to finish 106th ... finished 166th (22:26) at the Pre-National Meet ... clocked a time of 22:34 at the BIG EAST Championship to finish 67th ... finished in 94th with a time of 23:09 at the Great Lakes Regional ... focused on the 3,000-meter run during the indoor track season ... opened the season with a ninth-place finish at the Blue and Gold Invitational, clocking a time of 10:45.43 ... finished sixth with a time of 10:25.77 at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener ... crossed the line in 10:35.32 to finish 12th in the 3,000 meters at the Notre Dame Invitational ... opened the outdoor season with a sixth-place showing in the 5,000 meters at the Mike Poehlein Invitational, clocking a time of 18:08.67 ... closed the season with a sixth-place finish at the Spartan Invitational, running the 5,000 meters in a time of 18:00.68
AS A FRESHMAN: Had a very solid cross country season in her debut with the Irish ... placed third on the team and seventh overall at the Valparaiso Invitational ... took 12th at the National Catholic Championship in a Notre Dame team victory ... ran 18:24 over 5,000 meters at the Notre Dame Invitational ... closed her season at the NCAA Pre-National open race, finishing 75th in 22:39 (6,000 meters) ... did not compete during the indoor track and field season ... ran 4:58.00 over 1,500 meters at the Spartan Invitational ... posted another season-best time at the Hillsdale Gina Relays, covering 5,000 meters in 18:12.13.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Twelve-time letterwinner in cross country, track and field and Nordic skiing at Cathdral High School ... earned all-state honors in each of her cross country seasons, highlighted by a runner-up finish in 2003 and a fourth-place finish in 2005 ... also a three-time all-state track runner and four-time Nordic skiing honoree ... four-time all conference performer in cross country and track, as well as a seven-time regional champion and six-time conference champion across both sports ... four-time cross country team MVP ... personal bests include 5:09 for 1,600 meters and 11:03 for 3,200 meters, both school records ... member of National Honor Society, Student Senate and the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras while at Cathedral ... born February 16, 1988 in St. Cloud, Minnesota ... daughter of Chris and Karen Tacl ... youngest of three children ... father, Chris, ran cross country and track at St. Thomas ... brother, Steve, played tennis at St. John's (Minn.) ... enrolled in the College of Science as a preprofessional studies major.