Cross Country


AS A JUNIOR: One of Notre Dame's top four harriers during the 2004 cross country season ... a consistent performer and key member of one of the country's top teams ... placed 14th in the Notre Dame Invitational, running 23:59 on the Irish home course ... ran 24:34 at the NCAA Pre-National meet, good for 28th place ... earned all-BIG EAST honors at the league championships with an eighth place, 23:54 effort ... finished second on the team and eighth overall at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional ... took 96th place overall at his first NCAA Championships as the team finished 11th ... competed in the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters during the indoor track season ... scored in two events at the indoor BIG EAST Championships ... ran 8:19.44 for fourth in the 3,000 meters and 14:29.57 for fifth in the 5,000 meters ... ran a career best of 14:18.72 in the 5,000 meters at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... competed in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational in the outdoor season, winning his section and running a career best of 28:59.35 ... performance ranks as the seventh-fastest 10,000 meter run in school history ... earned all-BIG EAST honors at the outdoor championships with a third place finish in the 10,000 meters (30:26.01) ... also scored points in the 5,000 meters with a fourth place effort ... competed in the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 10,000 meters ... finished a strong 13th in 29:19.74 ... finished one spot ahead of the 2004 NCAA cross country champion.

AS A SOPHOMORE: One of the top five runners on the Irish cross country team during the 2003 season ... also a key contributor at the BIG EAST meets in track and field, earning three all-BIG EAST honors during the 2004 season ... began the '03 cross country slate with a team-best second-place finish at the National Catholic, leading Notre Dame to the team title ... ended up 26th in the Notre Dame Invitational ... competed in the Pre-National meet, finishing 52nd ... earned first all-BIG EAST honor of his career at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championship, finishing 12th overall and third on the team ... ran both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters during the 2004 indoor track and field season ... earned all-BIG EAST honors in both distances, finishing third in the 3,000 meters (8:18.90) and second in the 5,000 meters (14:25.90) at the league indoor meet ... ran two distances at the BIG EAST outdoor meet as well ... finished third in the 10,000 meters, finishing the race in 30:58.93 ... also scored in the 5,000 meters, finishing seventh in 14:54.06.

AS A FRESHMAN: Strong start to the 2002 cross country season established him as one of the top nine runners on the Irish roster ... finished eighth overall at his first two collegiate cross country meets, the adidas Invitational and National Catholic ... finished 84th in the highly-competitive Notre Dame Invitational ... also appeared for the Irish in the Pre-National meet (183rd) ... helped Notre Dame finish fourth at the BIG EAST cross country championship with a 49th-place effort ... did not compete during the 2003 indoor track and field season ... returned to the track for the outdoor season, qualifying for the BIG EAST outdoor meet in the 10,000 meters ... eventually scored points toward the team title with a sixth-place effort (31:19.38).

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: A four-year letter winner in both cross country and track and field at DeKalb High School in Waterloo, Ind. ... a two-time all-state selection in cross country and track and field ... also earned four all-city and all-conference awards in cross country and two all-city and all-conference honors in track and field ... named Indiana Cross Country Runner of the Year as both a junior and senior ... won Junior Olympics national title at 3,200-meters in 2000 ... set school record in 3,200-meter run as a junior ... claimed two conference titles in track and field ... finished sixth at Mideast All-Stars cross country race and 10th at Foot Locker regional cross country meet as a senior ... served as team co-captain on cross country squad during his final year, winning conference and regional titles that season ... member of National Honor Society ... uncle, Michael Schrauth, graduated from Notre Dame in 1985 ... middle of three children ... born April 21, 1984 in Auburn, Ind. ... enrolled in the College of Engineering.

Kaleb Van Ort
Kaleb  Van Ort


Waterloo, IN

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