UND Roster

2011-12 Cross Country Roster

Abby Higgins


Height 5'10''
Class Junior
Hometown Naperville, IL
High School Benet Academy

AS A SENIOR: Recorded a season best time of 2:11.24 in the 800m at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships, placing fifth overall … competed in the 800m and 4x800m relay at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championship … placed second in the 800m at the Border Battle … competed in the Purdue Mike Poehlein Invitational in the 1,500m and the 4x400m relay … finished second in the 800m at the Indiana University Relays … ran the 1,500m at the Notre Dame Invitational, recording a time of 2:57.59 and placing fifth overall … finished fourth in the 800m at the GVSU Bob Eubanks Open and was a member of the third place 4x400m relay… ran the 3,000m at the Blue & Gold Invitational and finished fourth overall in the 1,000m … earned a monogram.

AS A JUNIOR:Competed in only one cross country meet on the season, dedicating most of the campaign to middle distance races with the track team … in lone cross country race, crossed the finish gate in 23:11.3 at the Pre-National Meet … competed in the 1,000, 4×800 relay, 1,500 and 1,600 while racing the 800 as her primary event on the track season … opened up with a victory at the Blue and Gold Invitational in the 1,600, posting a 5:06.38 … captured a win in the 1,000 at the Indoor Opener, stopping the clock at 2:54.62 … raced in both the 1,000 and 4×400 relay at the Notre Dame Invitational, placing third in the 1,000 in 2:53.90 while earning a win with her relay team after posting a 3:55.11 … at the Indiana Relays, competed in the 800 while earning an eighth-place finish after setting a mark of 2:13.62 … competed in the 800 and 1,000 at the Meyo Invitational … crossed the line in 2:15.34 in the 800 to earn second in her finals heat and finished 18th overall in the 1,000 after crossing in 2:57.00 … took to the track to race in both the 1,000 and the 4×800 relay at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships … finished fifth overall in the prelims of the 1,000 in 2:51.23 before going on to finish sixth in the finals with a mark of 2:50.23 … the time in the 1,000 was the fastest indoor time for the Irish on the season … in the 4×800 relay, helped her team cross in fifth with a final pace of 8:51.73 … competed in the 800 at the Alex Wilson Invitational, setting her fastest mark of the indoor season with a 2:10.59 clip, good for 16th … raced to a 2:11.35 in the 800 at the Stanford Invitational … changed to the 1,500 race at the Mike Poehlein Invitational, finishing in 12th in 4:50.96 … finished sixth in the 800 at the Border Battle, stopping the clock at 2:11.64 … crossed the line in 10th at the Mount SAC Relays in the 800, setting her mark at 2:10.69 … placed eighth at the VS Beach Invitational in the 800 in 2:10.26, her fastest time in outdoor competition for the year … placed ninth in the prelims from the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, crossing the line in 2:10.87 to miss out on a finals lane by one-hundredth of a second.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished 11th in the Valparaiso Invitational as the Irish rolled to a team victory in the season-opening cross country meet … recorded a 18:18 in the Notre Dame National Catholic Championship, good for seventh place and helping the Irish finish second … finished the Notre Dame Invitational in a 17:48 to place 81st … finished 39th at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championship … posted a 22:28 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, good for 49th and helped the Irish finish fourth and move on to the NCAA Championship … finished third in the 800 at the Notre Dame Invitational (2:11.97) … ran the 1,600 in 5:04.48 to finish sixth at the Indiana Invitational … placed second in the 1,000 at the Meyo Invitational, posting a 2:50.98 … placed sixth in the 1,000 at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships … won the 800 at the Stanford Invitational in 2:10.84 … recorded a third-place finish at the Dave Rankin Invitational with a 2:13.34 in the 800.

AS A FRESHMAN: Competed in all six cross country meets for the Irish … finished sixth at the Valparaiso Invitational in 19:27 … covered the 5,000 at the National Catholic Championship in 18:17 to finish 10th … finished 94th at the Notre Dame Invitational in 18:21 … clocked a 22:04 to finish 131st at the Pre-National Meet … finished 61st in 22:27 at the BIG EAST Championship … wrapped up the season with a 79th-place finish at the Great Lakes Regional, clocking a 22:59 … opened the indoor track season with a second-place performance at the Blue and Gold Invitational, running 1,000 in 2:57.93 … finished 17th in the 1,000 in 3:03.68 at the Meyo Invitational … also finished 63rd in the 800 in 2:20.80 … clocked a 2:14.95 to finish 18th in the 800 at the Alex Wilson Invitational … finished second at the Eastern Michigan Invitational, running the 800 in 2:16.90 … clocked a 2:11.58 at the Georgia Tech Invitational to finish 20th in the 800 … finished 25th in the 1,500 in 4:43.43 … led off the 4×800 BIG EAST relay team that took third place and earned all-conference honors.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL:Ten-time letterwinner in cross country, track and field and basketball at Benet Academy (Ill.) … six-time all-state in cross country and track and field…four-time cross country conference individual and team champion … member of the two-time conference champion 4×800 relay team for Benet Academy … regional cross country champion as a freshman and senior … 4×800 team was regional champion during senior campaign … earned all-conference honors in cross country and track in all four years of high school … earned area MVP honors as a senior and was the team cross country MVP four consecutive years … captained the cross country, track and field and basketball squads as a senior … set the record for fastest cross country time by a female at Benet with a 17:21 performance … was named Female Athlete of the Year for 2006-07 by the Naperville Sun … earned the scholar athlete award from the Chicago Tribune … member of the National Honor Society … attended same high school as former Irish thrower Mike Schubert and former Notre Dame cross country and track athlete Kevin Veselik … born October 2, 1988 … daughter of Sean and Nancy Higgins … youngest of four children … dad played football and basketball at University of St. Thomas … sister Justine plays soccer at St. Mary[apos]s … family members Heather Higgins, Tom Kinane and Bill Higgins also attended Notre Dame … graduated in May 2011 from the College of Arts and Letters as an American studies major and anthropology minor.


800m (Alex Wilson Invitational) 2:10.59
1,000m (BIG EAST Championships) 2:50.23
1,600m (Blue and Gold Invitational) 5:06.38


800ms (VS Athletics Beach Invitational) 2:10.26
1,500m (Poehlein Invitational) 4:42.33
1,600m (Indiana Relays) 5:04.48