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    Ellen Patterson
    Ellen Patterson


    Portland, Ore.

    High School:
    St. Mary's Academy



    Underclassmen Lead 'Cats at Illini Open

    Wildcats with one more week to prepare for Big Ten Championships

    Did not return to the cross country team following the 2013-14 year.

    2013: Raced in four events ... Achieved a first-place finish for the Wildcats and third overall at the Illini Open 5K, posting a time of 18:22 (Oct. 25) ... Twice recorded 5K times of 19:13 (Lucian Rosa Invitational, NIU Huskie Open).

    High School: Four-year letterwinner in cross country, finishing 10th at the Oregon state meet in her senior season and 15th as a sophomore ... Claims a 5K XC personal-best of 18:03 ... Earned third-team All-Region honors as a senior and was named her team's Most Outstanding performer for the third time in her career ... Her 2012 team placed second at the state championship meet and fifth at regionals ... In track, she placed 11th in the state in the 1,500-meter race as a junior and owns a PR of 4:44 ... Other personal-best times include 2:22 in the 800 and 10:30 in the 3,000 ... Two-time participant in Nike Border Clash Cross Country meet ... Team captain cross country and track ... Earned Scholar-Athlete recognition throughout her high school career and is a National Honor Society member.

    Personal: Born Ellen Kathleen Patterson ... Daughter of Jim Patterson and Molly Burtchaell ... Chose Northwestern over Notre Dame, Santa Clara, Marquette and Oregon State ... Plans to major in biology.