Elena Barham leads NU contingent at Lucian Rosa Invitational
2013: Ran in five races ... Paced the Wildcats in finishing first for the team and seventh overall at the UW-Parkside Lucian Rosa Invitational, where she posted her best 5K time of 18:03.8 (Oct. 12) ... Named the Big Ten Runner of the Week on Oct. 15 for her performance at Parkside ... Best 6K effort came at the Dartmouth Invitational in 22:00.1, where she was NU's fifth place-winner ... Academic All-Big Ten and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honoree.
2012: Competed in four events during a strong freshman campaign ... Finished sixth for Northwestern and ran a season-best 5K time of 17:48 at the Notre Dame Invitational (Sept. 28), good for sixth among Wildcats ... Finished fifth for NU with a 6K time of 22:25 at the Spartan Invitational (Sept. 14) ... Earned a trip to the Big Ten Championships at Michigan State as an alternate for the Wildcats.
High School: Four-year letterwinner in cross country and track ... Two-time first-team All-Big Eight Conference performer who earned second-team all-state (2011) and honorable mention all-state honors (2010) in her career ... Cross country runner-up in Big Eight Conference as a senior ... Placed second in her conference in 3,200-meter race as a junior ... Career-best times include 18:49 in cross country (5K) and 11:21 in two-mile track event ... Team took third in the state in 2011 and sixth in 2010 and won a sectional championship all four years of her career ... Missed portion of junior year track season due to injury ... Academic All-State honoree and National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born Elena Frances Barham ... Daughter of Mary and Brad Barham ... Chose Northwestern over Minnesota and Wisconsin ... Plans to major in political science.