The 24th-ranked Notre Dame Women's Cross Country team takes 10th place in the 2009 Notre Dame Invitational
AS A SENIOR: Competed in five cross country meets during the fall season ... finished eighth (18:04) at the National Catholic Championships ... also ran at the BIG EAST and Great Lakes Regional meets ... ran a season best 17:20.81 5,000 at the BIG EAST Conference Indoor Championships ... finished fourth overall in the 5,000 at the Purdue Dave Rankin Invitational ... finished in the top 25 at the Stanford Invitational in the 10,000 ... placed fifth overall in the 3,000 with a 10:10.67 at the Notre Dame Invitational ... earned a monogram in cross country ... named to the Capital One Academic All-District V Cross Country/Track and Field team after posting a 3.97 G.P.A. in the classroom.
AS A JUNIOR: Raced in all seven Irish cross country races on the season ... began season with a second-place finish at the Valparaiso Crusader Open, completing the course in 18:36 ... finished fourth at the National Catholic Championship after stopping the clock at 18:04.4 ... at the Notre Dame Invite, crossed the finish line at 17:45 to grab a share of 72nd ... finished 73rd at the Pre-NCAA meet, completing the circuit in 21:50.3 ... finished fourth among Irish runners and 40th overall at the BIG EAST Championship, logging a 22:40 ... placed 36th from the Great Lakes Regional, completing the course in 22:06.34 ... crossed in 196th at the NCAA Championship, freezing the clock at 22:46.7 ... competed in seven distance races for the track team ... opened action at the Notre Dame Invite, finishing fourth in 10:06.11 in the 3,000 ... competed in the 5,000 at the Meyo Invitational, finishing second in her heat and 16th overall in 17:51.7...placed 12th in the 5,000 at the Alex Wilson Invite, clocking a 17:19.02 ... at the Stanford Invitational, raced in the 10,000 and crossed in 16th place after recording a 35:21.39 ... returned to the 5,000 at the Border Battle, earning an eighth-place result in 17:31.41 ... competed in the 10,000 at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, placing 10th with a mark of 36:21.62 ... raced in the 10,000 prelims at the NCAA Regional, crossing the line in 42nd in 37:27.95.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished the season with a seventh-place finish at the BIG EAST Championships in the 10,000 in 36:10.07 ... ran the 5,000 at the Dave Rankin Invitational for a fifth-place finish in a 18:08.85 ... finished first at the Mike Poehlein Invitational in the 10,000 in 36:48.61 ... ran the 3,000 at the Notre Dame Invitational in 10:35.37 ... finished sixth in the 3,000 at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener in 10:28.32 ... third-place finish in the 3,000 in 10:13.16.
AS A FRESHMAN: Competed as a distance runner for the Irish, racing in the 5,000, 3,000 and 1,600 ... only raced in the 1,600 once on the season, stopping the clock at 5:22.93 at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener ... earned best finish in the 3,000 while racing at the Meyo Invitational as she crossed the finish line in a 10:24.83 ... raced in the 5,000 at the Mike Poehlein Invitational and earned her best result with a final time of 18:07.64 ... raced in a total of seven meets on the campaign.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Four-time letter winner in cross country at Noblesville (Ind.) ... cross country team captain junior and senior campaigns ... two-time team MVP and all-conference runner ... lettered all four years in track and field ... track and field captain her senior year ... set a school record in the 3,200 ... member of the National Honor Society ... member of student government ... daughter of Jeff and Laura Watson ... has three sisters, Stephanie, Hannah and Meredith ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business as a finance major.