Elena Barham leads NU contingent at Lucian Rosa Invitational
2014: Participated in four races ... Posted her best 5K time of 18:56.7 at the UW-Parkside Lucian Rose Invitational, finishing fifth for the 'Cats and 34th overall (Oct. 11) ... Recorded her best 6K time of 22:39.9 at the Big Ten Championships, good for sixth among Wildcats and 101st overall (Nov. 2) ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2013: Participated in five meets ... Earned a spot in the lineup at the Big Ten Championships, finishing ninth among NU runners in a time of 23:23.9 ... Also ran a season-best 6K effort of 22:26.5 at the Dartmouth Invite ... Finished fifth on the team and 19th in the field at the UW-Parkside Lucian Rosa Invitational, clocking a 5K time of 18:25.7 (Oct. 12).
High School: Four-year letterwinner in both cross country and track and field ... Earned IATCC second-team All-State honors for the 2012 cross country season ... Three-time All-Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (MIC) and All-Region performer ... Member of Carmel cross country team that won three straight Indiana state championships, going undefeated all three years ... Team captain for track and field ... Competed on the indoor track All-State team for 4x800 in 2012 and 3200-meter in 2011 ... Personal records include 18:23 in cross country (5K) and 5:11 in the 1,600 meter ... 2011 team MVP ... Four-time Scholar-Athlete, three-time MIC Academic All-Conference for cross country and track and field, National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born Ellen Marie Schmitz ... Daughter of Sue and John Schmitz ... Father graduated from Northwestern in 1988 ... Chose Northwestern over Missouri and Indiana ... Majoring in journalism.