Women's Cross Country, Track & Field

Danelle Woods
Danelle Woods


Ottawa, Ontario

High School:
Hillcrest HS

XC - Distance


I/O Eligibility:


Cross Country
2009 XC - Sophomore
Began the season at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invite in fourth place for the Illini with a 6K time of 22:16 ... Captured the individual title at the Illini Open with a 5K time of 18:49 ... Finished in 54th place at the Big Ten Championships running the 6K race in a time of 22:16 ... Finished 71st overall and seventh for the Orange and Blue at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships with a 6K time of 22:39.4 ... Had a 6K time of 21:53.2 to place fifth for the Illini and 178th overall at the NCAA National Championships ... Academic All-Big Ten.

2008 XC:

2007 XC - Freshman:
Garnered the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award... Achieved a personal best at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships with a 6K time of 20:54, placing 17th overall and third for the Illini... Placed 24th at the Big Ten Championships with a 6K time of 20:55... Helped lead the Illini to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships with a 99th-place finish and a 6K time of 21:33... Finished third for Illinois at Pre-Nationals with a 6K time of 21:11 and was 47th overall...Began an outstanding first year by clocking a personal-best 5K time of 17:27.75 at the Illinois Intercollegiate meet placing first for the Illini and second overall... Placed in the top five for the Orange and Blue in every race this season.


2010 Track and Field
Outdoor: Competed in the 1,500m at Illinois Twilight (4:46.58). Indoor: Did not compete.

2009 Track and Field
Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.

2008 Track and Field
Outdoor: Competed in the 3,000m steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (10:26.91) ... NCAA Mideast Regional champion in the 3,000m steeplechase (10:32.83) ... Was third in the steeplechase at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships (10:23.46) ... Also competed in the 5,000m at the Big Ten Championships (17:15.38, 12th) ... Won the 3,000m steeplechase at the Sun Angel Track Classic, with season-best time of 10:22.36 that ranks second on Illinois' all-time performance list ... Ran regional qualifying time of 4:26.64 in the 1,500m at the Kansas Relays, placing fourth. Indoor: Earned All-America honors by leading off and running the 1,200m leg of the Illini distance medley relay that took sixth place at the NCAA Indoor Championships (11:12.33) ... Member of distance medley relay that won the Alex Wilson Invitational and set a school record of 11:09.09 ... Competed at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in the mile (4:52.55) and 3,000m (9:49.62, 14th) ... Ran on DMR that was fifth at the Meyo Invitational (11:26.71), also taking 11th in the mile (4:51.76) ... Ran season-best 3,000m time of 9:38.47 at the Iowa State Classic, taking fifth.

High School
Recorded a personal-best 10:13.98 in the steeplechase at the Pan Am Junior Championships in July 2007 ... Also won the steeplechase at the Canadian Track & Field Championships ... Won the 3,000m and placed second in the 1,500m at the 2007 OFSAA Championships ... Was the 2006 Canadian Junior Cross Country Champion ... Qualified for the 2006 World Junior Championships in the steeplechase in Beijing, China, and set a Canadian Junior record (10:38) ... Placed third at the Canadian Senior Championships with a time of 10:42 in the steeplechase ... Set personal-best times of 4:25 in the 1,500m and 9:33 in the 3,000m.

Daughter of Barry and Deanna Woods ... Born March 19, 1989 ... Her brother, Mike, competed for the University of Michigan cross country and track and field teams ... Member of the Ottawa Lions Track Club ... High school and club coach was Ray Elrick ... Majoring in engineering.

Woods's Personal Bests
Cross Country
5K - 17:27
6K - 20:54

1,500m: 4:26.64 - Kansas Relays (4/19/08)
5,000m: 17:15.38 - Big Ten Championships (5/18/08)
3,000m: 10:13 - (7/9/07)

Mile: 4:51.76 - Meyo Invitational (2/9/08)
3,000m: 9:38.47 - Iowa State Classic (2/16/08)