Athletes from Eight Spring Sports Honored for Excellence in the Classroom
Cross Country 2014 XC - SENIOR
Finished fifth for the Illini and 55th overall at the NCAA Midwest Regional ... Was the fourth runner for Illinois at the Big Ten Championships with an 8K personal-best time of 24:27.8 ... Finished fifth for the Orange and Blue at the Wisconsin adidas Invite, registering a time of 25:17 ... Was the Illini's top finisher in his season debut at the Greater Louisville Classic, finishing 49th overall in 24:59.85.
2013 XC - JUNIOR
Joined the team after placing third at the Illini Challenge ... Scored points for the Illini at the NCAA Midwest Regionals ... Finished third for squad at the Big Ten Championships ... Finished fourth for the Illini with a personal-best 8K time of 24:37 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational ... Made his Illini debut at the Boilermaker Invitational where he led the Illini and placed ninth overall ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2014 Track and Field Outdoor: Won the 5,000m at the Illinois Twilight ... Clocked a personal-best 10,000m time of 30:38.38 at the Drake Relays ... Academic All-Big Ten.
Indoor: Placed fifth in the 3,000m at the Orange & Blue Open with a personal-best time of 8:45.67 ... Placed fourth in the 5,000m at the Indiana Relays with a personal-best time of 14:59.69.
High School State qualifier in cross country in 2009 ... Earned All-Region honors in 2010.
Personal Son of John and Margaret McDonnell ... Born Feb. 6, 1992 ... Majoring in mechanical engineering.
McDonnel's Personal Bests
6K: 19:22 - Illini Challenge (8/30/13)
8K: 24:27.8 - Big Ten Championships (11/2/14)
10K: 30:43 - NCAA Midwest Regional (11/15/13)
5 Miles: 25:45 - Notre Dame Invitational (10/4/13)