Women's Cross Country

Katie Engel
Katie Engel


North Gower, Ontario

High School:
South Carleton Secondary



2008 - Senior: Placed eighth at the Notre Dame Invitational in her season debut, finishing with a personal best 5K time of 16:54, the fifth fastest 5K time ever ran by an Illini...Ran a personal best 6K time of 20:23 at the Pre-Nationals meet, finishing first for the Illini and third overall with the third fastest time ever recorded in school's history...Finished first for the Orange and Blue and sixth overall at the Big Ten Championships, recording a 6K time of 20:48 and garnering first-team All-Big Ten accolades...Placed ninth overall at the Midwest Regional Championships, recording her best finish to date at that meet and finishing second for the Illini with a 6K time of 21:07...Earned All-America accolades at the NCAA Championships placing 22nd overall with a 6K time of 20:31.

2007 - Junior: Placed 12th overall at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships with a 6K time of 20:45, achieving All-Midwest Region accolades for a second-straight year and helping the Illini to a second-place finish...Achieved a personal-best 6K time of 20:30 at the Big Ten Championships, placing 13th overall and second for the Illini... Awarded second-team All-Big Ten honors... Clocked a personal-best 5K time of 17:31 at the Notre Dame Invitational, placing 24th overall and second for the Illini... Timed 21:14 at the NCAA Championships, placing 58th overall and second for Illinois, leading the team to a sixth-place finish...Placed second for the Illini in each race run.

2006 - Sophomore: Earned All-Midwest Region accolades...Finished sixth for the Illini (18th overall) at the Midwest Regional Championships with a time of 21:44...Placed 10th overall and seventh for the Illini at the Brissman-Lundeen Invite with a time of 21:52.

2005 - Freshman: Named the 2005 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the second Illini to ever receive the honor...Was the first true freshman (13th overall) to finish at the Big Ten Championships...Was Illinois' third scorer with a time of 21:37, achieving All-Big Ten honors...Placed third for the Illini at the NCAA Championships with a time of 20:50...Debuted at the Notre Dame Invite, placing fourth for the Illini and 23rd overall with a season-best time of 17:36.

Was a member of the Team Canada Junior Cross Country team...Top times were 2:08 in the 800m, 4:32 in the 1,500m and 9:57 in the 3,200m...High school coach was Ray Elrick.

Daughter of Lawrence and Nancy Engel...Born April 13, 1987, in Kitchener, Ontario...Has one brother, Ben...Her biggest thrill in sports was going to the World Junior Cross Country meet...Earned high school academic honors in 2002 and 2003...The most influential person in her athletic career was her sixth grade coach...Majoring in speech communications.

Personal Bests

Cross Country
5K: 16:54
6K: 20:23

1,500m: 4:22