Women's Cross Country, Track & Field


Cassie Hunt
Cassie Hunt

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Roachdale, Ind.

High School:
North Putnam High School

Event:
Middle Distance

Birthdate:
03/06/1985

AT ILLINOIS

2006 Outdoor
Qualified for the USATF Championships in the 3000m steeplechase ... Placed second at the NCAA Championships in the 3000m steeplechase with a career-best time of 9:55.75 ... Recorded a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:01.40 ... Won the 5000m with a time of 16:17.12 at Drake Relays ... Ran the 3000m steeplechase in a time of 10:26.53 to place second at the Sea Ray Relays ... Placed first in the 1500m with a time of 4:34.04 at the Ole Miss Invitational.

2006 Indoor
Placed first at the Carle Health Alliance Meet in the mile with a time of 4:46.26 ... Recorded a second-place finish in the mile with a time of 4:46.55 at the Illinois Invitational ... Ran a career-best time of 9:15.16 in the 3000m to place second at the Tyson Invitational ... Placed third at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 9:25.28 in the 3000m ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 3000m.

2005 Outdoor
Placed second at the NCAA Championships in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:59.82 ... NCAA Championship time set a new personal best ... Won the NCAA Mideast Regional 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10.07.29 ... Was the Big Ten Outdoor Champion in the 5000m (16:29.08 - personal best) and 3000m steeplechase (10:14.02) ... Placed first in the 3000m steeplechase at the Oregon Invite with a time of 10:19.05 ... Placed second and marked new personal best at the Sea Ray Relays with a time of 4:23.52 in the 1500m ... Ran a leg of the 4x1600m relay at the Drake Relays, finishing second.

2005 Indoor
2005 All-American in 3000m with an eighth-place finish and time of 9:26.99 ... Won mile run at the Health Alliance Classic with 4:47.93 ... Finished second at the Meyo Invitational in the 3000m with 9:27.68 ... Posted a third-place finish in the 3000m at the Tyson Invitational ... Shattered the 3000m school record at the Tyson Invitational with a time of 9:20.90, beating the previous record of 9:35.26 ... Placed second in the mile run at the Big Ten Indoor Championships with a personal-best 4:44.98 ... Recorded a third-place finish in 5000m with 16:32.96 and in the 3000m at the Big Ten Indoor Championships ... Competed in six meets on the year.

2004 Outdoor
Earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships after placing 10th in the steeplechase ... Illinois' first-ever steeplechase All-American...Selected as Illinois' Female Newcomer of the Year for her efforts in track and cross country ... Took fifth in the steeplechase at the regional meet, running a personal best and UI record of 10:17.55 ... Competed in three meets, finishing with four top-five finishes ... Won 3000m steeplechase at Mt. SAC Relays with a time of 10:23.68 ... Placed third in the 3000m steeplechase at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 10:23.78 ... Placed second in the 1500m at the Drake Relays with a 4:26.77 ... Took second in the 5000m at the Big Ten Championships with a 16:52.64.

2004 Indoor
Anchored the distance medley relay team that finished second at the Big Ten Championships and set a school record, running 11:39.96 ... That performance earned her second team All-Big Ten honors ...Ran the second-fastest 3000m time in school history at the Illinois Invitational, finishing first with a time of 9:36.34 ... Placed first in the mile run at the Carle/Health Alliance Invitational with a season-best time of 4:48.84 ... Took third in the mile at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 4:51.80 ... Finished third in the mile at the Illinois Open, clocking 4:51.02 ... Ran 4:51.17 in the mile to finish seventh at the Iowa State Classic.

HIGH SCHOOL
Won Indiana state 1600m title in 2002 as a junior ... Placed second at Indiana state track and field meet in the 1600m, in 2003 and third in the 3200m ... 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.

PERSONAL
Full given name is Cassie Jo Hunt ... Born on March 6, 1985 ... Parents are Jesse Hunt, and James and Catherine Engle ... Has three brothers and two sisters ... Majoring in community health ... Biggest thrill in sports was her third-place finish at the World Championships in the biathlon ... Biathlon and high school cross country coach Kristy Lippencott most influenced her athletic career.

PERSONAL BESTS
Indoor
Mile run: 4:44.98
3,000m: 9:15.16
5,000m: 16:17.12

Outdoor
1,500m: 4:23.52
3,000m Steeplechase: 9:55.75
5,000m: 16:29.08

HEADLINES