June 23, 2017
By Megan Golden
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Friday that University of Notre Dame junior Jessica Harris has been named to the 2017 Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Third Team.
Harris, who received the honor for the first time in her career, previously was named to the All-USTFCCCA Academic Track & Field team and the All-ACC Academic Indoor Track & Field team following her freshman year in 2015.
Following a school-record 4:11.67 in the 1,500m quarterfinals at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Harris (4:15.41) ultimately advanced to the finals and finished 10th with Second Team All-America honors.
A theology major, Harris competed in cross country, as well as indoor and outdoor track. Harris finished eighth in the distance medley relay at the NCAA Indoor Championships (11:05.76), receiving First Team All-America honors. She also placed 13th in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Harris won two ACC Indoor Championships with a time of 11:02.32 in the DMR and a personal-best 4:33.80 in the mile. The Cockeysville, Maryland, native broke her own school record in the 800m at the Virginia Challenge with a time of 2:03.23 and placed third with a personal record of 4:16.56 in the 1,500m at the same meet.
At the Penn Relays, Harris and the women’s DMR squad set an Irish program record (10:58.22), topping the previous indoor and outdoor bests.
Academic All-America selections must have at least a 3.30 GPA.
Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse and cross country/track and field programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary’s College and former Irish women’s basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.