Women's Cross Country

Stephanie Baliga
Stephanie Baliga


Rockford, Ill.

High School:
Rockford Auburn HS




2008 - Junior: Made her season debut at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships, placing sixth for the Illini...Placed sixth for the Orange and Blue at the Notre Dame Invitational...Finished seventh for the Illini at the Pre-Nationals meet...Placed sixth for the Illini at the Big Ten Championships...Competed at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, finishing seventh for Illinois...Raced at the NCAA Championships with a 6K time of 22:25.

2007 - Sophomore: Achieved a personal-best 6K time of 20:56 at the Big Ten Championships, placing 26th overall and helping the Illini to a fourth place finish... Finished fourth for the Illini and 121st overall at the NCAA Championships with a time of 21:44...Placed 52nd at Pre-Nationals with a 6K time of 21:17... Placed fourth for the Illini in each race run.

2006 - Freshman: Placed 14th overall at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships with a 21:30, helping the team claim its first regional title...Earned Midwest All-Region accolades... Finished third for the Illini at the NCAA Championships with a time of 21:46...Ran a 6K personal-best tme of 21:10 at Pre-Nationals and placed third for the Illini... Clocked a 21:24 at the Big Ten Championships and finished 21st overall.

Four-year state qualifier in cross country... Four-year conference and regional champion in cross country... Three-time All-State and four-time conference MVP in cross country... 3,200m sectional champion in 2005... Three-time All-Conference in track... Three-time conference champion in both the 3,200m and 1,600m ... Three-time state qualifier in the 3,200m and two-time state qualifier in the 1,600m... Four-year cross country and track letterwinner.

Daughter of Ken and Nancy Baliga...Born May 10, 1988...Her biggest thrill in sports is setting and achieving long term goals...Says her parents influenced her athletic career the most because they organized their life to fit around her schedule for sports, school and other extra-curricular activites...Majoring in economics and geography.

Personal Bests:

Cross Country
5K - 17:41
6K - 20:56