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    Stephanie Baliga
    Stephanie Baliga
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Rockford, Ill.

    High School:
    Rockford Auburn HS

    Event:
    XC - Distance

    Birthdate:
    05/10/1988

    I/O Eligibility:
    SR/JR

    AT ILLINOIS

    Cross Country

    2009 - Senior: Opened up the season at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invite at University Park, Pa., and clocked a 6K time of 23:28...Finished seventh for the Illini at the Wisconsin Inter-Regional with a 5K time of 18:57...Competed at the Pre-National Invitational in the Open Division and ran the 6K race in 23:45.6.

    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.

    Track and Field

    2010 - Senior:
    Did not compete.

    2009 - Junior:
    Outdoor: Ran the 10,000m at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, placing 15th with a time of 37:48.95. Indoor: Competed in the 5,000m at the Big Ten Indoor Championships ... Also ran the 5,000m at the Meyo Invitational.

    2008 - Sophomore:
    Outdoor: Redshirted. Indoor: Ran personal-best time of 17:37.80 in the 5,000m at the Meyo Invitational.

    2007 - Freshman:
    Outdoor: Competed in the 10,000m at the Big Ten Championships, placing 14th ... Ran personal-best 36:43.63 in the 10,000m in taking third at the Kansas Relays. Indoor: Competed in the 5000m at the Big Ten Championships ... Ran season-bet 9:55.59 in the 3000m at the Indiana Team Classic, placing 7th ... Also competed in the mile run.

    High School
    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 honoree in track and field ... 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 and field letterwinner.

    Personal
    Daughter of Ken and Nancy Baliga ... Born May 10, 1988 ... Majoring in economics and geography ... 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.

    Personal Bests:

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

    Outdoor
    10,000m: 36:43.63

    Indoor
    3,000m: 9:55.59
    5,000m: 17:37.80

    Updated July 2010

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