UND Roster

2008-09 Cross Country Roster

Sunni Olding

Distance


Height 5'9''
Class Senior
Hometown Minster, OH
High School Minster
Bio

AS A JUNIOR: Led the Irish cross country team all season long, qualifying individually for the NCAA Championship … won her second-consecutive individual title at the National Catholic Championship, running the 5,000-meter course in 17:51 … placed 18th at the Notre Dame Invitational in 17:15 … took 19th at the NCAA Pre-National meet … earned her third all-BIG EAST honor at the league meet, crossing the line in sixth place … placed sixth overall at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, earning an at-large berth to the NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, Ind. … had an off-day at the national meet, finishing in 142nd place … ran only one meet during the track season … clocked 4:57.05 in the mile and 9:50.09 in the 3,000 at the Blue and Gold Invitational … will reprise her role as the team[apos]s top cross country runner and will look to pick up more All-America recognition in 2007-08.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Had an outstanding cross country season, culminating in her second career All-America honor at the NCAA Championship (the fifth two-time women[apos]s cross country All-American in school history) … competed in six of the team[apos]s meets, kicking off her season with a victory at the National Catholic Championship in 17:42 for 5K … placed ninth at the Notre Dame Invitational two weeks later, running 17:14 to help team finish third … finished 30th at the Pre-National Meet in a 6K time of 20:58 … was third on the team and fifth overall in a Notre Dame title-winning effort at the BIG EAST Championship (21:04), picking up her second consecutive all-conference citation … in another great performance, took seventh in 21:18 at the Great Lakes Regional meet, helping the Irish finish second and earn an automatic trip to the NCAA Championship … garnered All-America honors with a 34th-place effort at the NCAA meet, running 20:29 while the Irish placed seventh overall … did not compete during the indoor track season … top performances outdoors were a 4:29.58 effort in the 1,500 meters and a 17:06.63 mark in the 5,000 meters … the 1,500-meter race was run at the Georgia Tech Invitational and nearly qualified her for the NCAA Mideast Regional … placed eighth in the 1,500 meters at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championship … will be counted upon to take up mantle of leadership for Irish cross country and distance corps in 2006-07.

AS A FRESHMAN: One of Notre Dame[apos]s most consistent and outstanding runners during the cross country season … showed remarkable improvement throughout the season, culminating in the receipt of her first All-America honor at the NCAA Championship … took second at the National Catholic Championship (17:40) in her first race with the Irish … placed 31st at the Notre Dame Invitational in 17:30 … helped the team claim a second-place finish at the Pre-National Meet by finishing in 29th place (21:23) … earned all-conference honors at the BIG EAST Championship with a 12th-place effort (21:04) … stepped up in the absence of Molly Huddle at the Great Lakes Regional, finishing sixth in 20:15 to help the team take second place and earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship … concluded her amazing freshman campaign by placing 32nd at the national meet in 21:10, earning All-America honors and contributing to the team[apos]s fourth-place finish and second trip to the podium in three years … opened indoor track career by winning the mile at the Notre Dame Invitational in 4:51.98 … established her current career best in the 3,000 meters at the Meyo Invitational, running 9:32.33 for eighth place … earned two all-BIG EAST honors at the league indoor meet, placing third in the 3,000 meters in 9:36.13 and second in the distance medley relay in 11:32.29 … was joined on the DMR by Stephanie Madia, Brianne Schmidt, and Crysta Swayzer … focused on the 5,000 meters during the outdoor season … set a very fast career best in the 5,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational, finishing second behind Madia in 16:14.77 … competed at the prestigious Mount SAC Relays, earning 17th place in the 5,000 meters while posting a time of 16:27.12 … just missed outdoor all-BIG EAST honors in the 5,000 meters, running 16:39.71 for fourth place.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Outstanding prep career as she captured 12 individual state titles and seven team championships at Minster High School … lettered all four years in track and cross country and also earned two varsity letters in basketball … USA Today All-American in track during her junior and senior seasons … won the two-mile run at the adidas Outdoor Championship in 2003 and 2004 … went undefeated in the 1,600 meters, 3,200 meters, and the 4×800 meter relay the final two years of her high school career … four-time state champion in the 1,600 … ninth girl in Ohio history to win the same event four times at the state meet … three state crowns as part of the 4×800 relay team … two state titles in the 3,200 … state record holder in the 1,600 (4:48) and the 3,200 (10:20) … garnered all-state recognition all four years in cross country and track … owns school marks in cross country, 800 meters, 1,600 meters, 3,200 meters, and as a member of the 4×800-meter relay team … qualified for the 2002 and 2003 Footlocker Nationals … basketball team won the state title her senior season … Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year in the state of Ohio her senior year … Wendy[apos]s High School Heisman state finalist … member of the National Honor Society … oldest of three children … born May 28, 1986 in St. Mary[apos]s, Ohio … oldest of three children … enrolled in the College of Science as a Science/Pre-Professional major (3.968 cumulative grade-point average through spring 2006) … has earned Dean[apos]s List honors in each of her four semesters at Notre Dame, including a perfect 4.0 semester GPA during the spring 2005 and spring 2006 terms … twice named to BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.