Thats the first top-10 finish for the Redbird women since 2003.
A total of 604 student-athletes will attempt to advance to nationals in Louisville, Ky.
It was the first time since 1984 that the Redbirds successfully defended their title
It will be 11 years to the day since Illinois State hosted its last cross country championship
The women were the preseason favorite to win conference
Ran in six events as a freshman, including the Midwest Regional...Earned All-Conference honors for the season...Opened up the year with a seventh-place 4K time of 14:59 at the Illini Challenge...Notched a 5K time of 18:06 at the Illinois Intercollegiate to finish in 17th...Grabbed another top-20 finish at the Bradley Classic with a 6K time of 21:36...Posted a 17:53 5K to finish eighth at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships, helping the team to a conference championship...Concluded the season with a 6K time of 21:58 at the Midwest Regional to finish 48th.
PRIOR TO ISU
St. Francis High School: (Cross Country): Four-year letter winner ... three-time all-conference selection ... ran a 17:23 to a fifth-place finish at the Illinois State Meet, earning all-state honors ... voted MVP by peers junior and senior seasons ... state participant freshman year. (Track): Placed seventh in the 1,600-meter run at the Illinois State Meet with a time of 5:10 her junior season ... all-state participant in the 3,200-meter and 1,600-meter runs sophomore year ... all-conference selection ... two-time MVP as voted on by her peers ... earned the title of Athlete of the Year at St. Francis.
Personal: Born 9/19/1992 ... daughter of Bill and Eileen McShea ... siblings are Erin, Kevin, Meghan and Colleen... plans to major in elementary education.