Trio of rising sophomores to compete at USA Cross Country Championships
2012: Earned a varsity role as a junior, receiving her first bid to the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships and finishing fifth for the 'Cats with a time of 22:09 ... Finished in the top six of NU runners in each of the six meets she competed in ... Recorded a career-best 5K time of 17:41, placing fifth for NU at the Notre Dame Invitational (Sept. 28) ... Finished sixth for the 'Cats with a time of 21:40 at the Big Ten Championships ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2011: Competed in four meets as a sophomore and ran a season-best 5K time of 19:15 at the Notre Dame Invitational ... Placed sixth among Wildcats at the Forester Invitational in 19:33 and eighth at the Illini Open in 19:31 ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2010: Ran in four meets during her freshman season, posting a season-best 5K time of 18:42 at the Illini Open ... Seventh among NU runners with a time of 22:43 in her only 6K race of the year, the Pre-Nationals meet.
High School: Named MVP of her high school cross country team three times ... First-team All-Southern Lakes Conference selection ... Qualifier for state meet ... Also a first-team all-conference choice and team MVP in track ... Track team won 2010 sectional championship and 2009 conference championship ... Personal-best 4K time of 15:26 ... Member of the National Honors Society.
Personal: Born Elizabeth Althea Kocha ... Daughter of Bart and Carol Kocha ... Chose Northwestern over the University of Chicago ... College major is undecided.