Claire O'Connell
Claire O'Connell
Height: 5-2
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Los Altos Hills, Calif.
High School: Henry M. Gunn
Major: Brain and Cognitive Sciences

2012: Competed in one meet as a junior … finished in 21st place at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational (9/15) in 19:03.75 … NEWMAC Academic All-Conference.

2011: Competed in five events as a sophomore … named to the NEWMAC All-Conference team … NEWMAC Academic All-Conference … placed fifth in the Engineers Cup (9/10) finishing the course in 20:06 … in the All New England Championships (10/8) she placed 85th with a time of 19:20 … she placed fourth in the NEWMAC Cross Country Championship with a time of 19:01 (10/30) … finished 92nd with a time of 22:30 in the NCAA Division III Championships (11/19/11).

2010: Competed in six meets as a freshman … NEWMAC All-Conference … finished eighth at NEWMAC Championship (10/30) … was MIT's sixth-best finisher at New England Division III Championship, placing 44th (11/13) … earned qualification for NCAA Division III Championship, completing the 6k race in 23:01.4 … placed 18th overall in collegiate debut at UMass-Dartmouth Invitational (9/18) … helped lead MIT to their 12th-place showing at All-New England Championship, coming in 100th overall (10/9).

Off the Cross Country Trail: Majoring in brain and cognitive sciences.

High School: A 2010 graduate of Henry M. Gunn Senior High School … first team all-league as a senior … San Jose Mercury All-Country cross country as a senior … cross country team most improved award as a senior … track team most improved as a senior … track team captain … California Interscholastic Federation – Central Coast Section 2010 Student-Athlete of the Year … National Merit commended scholar.