1999: Set 10K personal best of 31:26 at the NCAA Region V Championships in Savoy, earning All-Region honors with a 16th place finish • Ran among Illinois’ scoring five at all six meets during the season • Was Illini’s top finisher at the Big Ten Championships, placing 27th overall.
1998: Consistently one of Illinois’ top runners • Ran No. 1 for the team at the Illinois State Open • Finished eighth at the Illinois Invitational • Placed a disappointing 61st at the Big Ten Championships (26:28) but rebounded with a 55th place (3rd team runner) at the NCAA District V Meet • Was among team’s top five runners in all but one meet.
1997: Freshman was Illinois’ second finisher at the Big Ten Championships where he placed 36th (25:39) • Top 20 finishes included sixth at the Illini Classic (25:19), 12th at the Eastern Illinois Open (25:41) and 19th at the Illinois State Invitational (25:51) • Finished in the top four on the team in all seven meets.
High School: Earned seven letters in high school: four in cross country and three in track • A four-time all-conference selection: two times in cross country and two times in track • Holds the York cross country course record.
Personal: Born January 17, 1979 • Parents are Jim and Cheryl Lucchesi • Majoring in psychology • Plans to attend graduate school after graduation • Hopes to compete in marathons in the future.