Women's Cross Country

Cassie Hunt
Cassie Hunt


Roachdale, Ind.

High School:
North Putnam




Earned All-Big Ten Academic Honors . . . Garnered All-Region status after finishing the Midwest Regional in 12th with a season best time of 21:19 . . . Regional time also placed her in the record books with the 5th fastest 6K time for an Illini senior . . . Helped the Illini claim 8th-place at NCAA's as the second Illinois scorer and 33rd finisher overall with a time of 21:31 . . . Finished 23rd at the Big Ten Championships with 21:39 . . . Finished fourth in the Brissman-Lundeen Invite with 21:20 . . . Finished as the second Illini and 20th overall at the Notre Dame invite with 5K a time of 17:16 . . . Placed 58th at Pre-Nationals with 21:20.

2005-2006 Dike Eddleman Award recipient . .. Earned All-American honors with her 11th place finish at the NCAA Championships . . . Shattered the Illinois 6K record at the Championships with 20:05, beating her previous hold on the mark by over 15 seconds . . . Received All-Region Honors with her seventh place finish of 21:06 at NCAA Midwest Regionals . . . Won the Big Ten Championships with a time of 21:00.54, making her the first woman in program history to earn an individual Championship title . . . Named Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Big Ten Championships . . . Overtook third in the Illinois record books for her 5K time of 16:52 at the Notre Dame Invite, placing fifth . . . Finished 11th at Pre-Nationals with a time of 20:45.

Earned first-team All-Big Ten Honors with her time of 21:09 at the Big Ten Championship, which was the fourth fastest 6K time in school history ... Received Midwest Regional Runner of the Year honors after setting the 6K school record, course record and personal best with her time of 20:21, while becoming the first Illinois woman to win the individual regional title ... Was the Illini's second scorer at the NCAA Championships, posting a time of 22:37 ... Twice earned Big Ten Runner of the Week Honors ... Set a then-Illinois record for the fastest time in the 6K at 21:01.71 at the Pre-Regional meet ... Ran a personal best 5K time of 17:05.30 at the Saluki Invitational, not only winning the overall competition, but also breaking the SIU course record by 57 seconds.

Selected as the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year, becoming the first Fighting Illini to ever receive that distinction ... Became the first Illinois freshman to ever qualify for the NCAA Championships ... Voted as Illinois' Female Newcomer of the Year at the annual scholar-athlete banquet ... Placed fifth at the NCAA Regionals, leading the Illini to a third place team finish after running the 6K course in a season-best time of 21:29 ... Also earned All-Region team honors for her performance at the regional meet ... Ran 22:03.0 at the NCAA Championships ... Earned ninth place at the Bradley Open, running 18:01 on the 5K course ... Was the team's top finisher at the 6K Spartan Open, placing 10th with a time of 21:55.4 ... Ran 22:00 at the 6K Cowboy Jamboree to place first for the Illini and lead the team to a fifth place finish out of 19 teams ... Placed fourth at the 5K Pack-It-Up Illini Challenge, running a season-best 17:57, to lead the team to a first place finish ... Came in 12th overall and was Illinois' top finisher at the Big Ten Championships, navigating the 6K course in 21:36.9.

High School:
Won Indiana state 1600m title in 2002 as a junior ... Placed second at Indiana state track and field meet in the 1600m, and third in the 3200m in 2003 ... Finished 13th and 14th at the Indiana state cross country meet in 2002 and 2003, respectively ... Won 12 high school letters in volleyball, cross country, basketball and track at North Putnam High School.

Full given name is Cassie Jo Hunt ... Parents are Jesse Hunt, and James and Catherine Engle ... Has three brothers and two sisters ... Biathlon and high school cross country coach Kristy Lippencott most influenced her athletic career.

Personal Bests:

Cross Country
5km: 16:52
6km: 20:05

1,500m: 4:23
3,000m SC: 9:55
3,000m (Indoor): 9:15
Mile (Indoor): 4:44