2008: Joined the team this season as a walk-on...Debuted at the Illini Challenge placing eleventh overall and third for the Orange and Blue...Took seventh overall and third place for Illinois at the Bradley Open with a 5K time of 19:18...Recorded a personal best 5K time of 18:55 at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships, placing fifth for the Illini...Placed seventh for the Orange and Blue at the Notre Dame Invitational with a personal best 5K of 18:27...Ran in the open race at the Pre-Nationals meet, placing 38th overall with a 6K time of 22:30...Competed at the Big Ten Championships where the Orange and Blue placed fourth.
Named Naperville Central's Female Athlete of the Year in the 2004-2005 school year...Won eight varsity letters, four in track and four in cross country.
Daughter of Brian and Deb Beaird...Born Oct. 26, 1986...Has one brother, Brian, who runs track at Illinois...Her biggest thrill in sports is succeeding as a team...Her parents and brother all influenced her athletic career by showing her how to work hard and be a good teammate...Majoring in international studies.
4K - 15:24.92
5K - 18:27
6K - 22:30