Coach Criste on Wirtz:
"Kate is an exceptionally hard worker and a great leader. She puts 100 percent in each and every day at practice and really leads by example."
2007-08: Took part in the 5K and 10K races ... turned in three top-four efforts on the year ... finished ninth in the 5,000 at the indoor league championship ... crossed the finish in 11th-place in the 10,000 at the outdoor league meet ... saw action in seven meets during the fall cross country season ... finished among the top-25 runners on two occasions ... earned Patriot League Academic Honor Roll recognition
2006-07: Registered four top-eight efforts, including an eighth-place finish at the outdoor league championship meet ... ran in two races with cross country squad.
2005-06: Participated in the 5K and 10K races ... produced four top-10 performances ... earned a ninth-place finish at the outdoor league meet ...competed in one race during the cross country season.
High School / Personal: A 2005 graduate of Laurel School in Cleveland, Ohio ... earned four letters in both cross country and track and field ... captained cross country team during those four years ... first-team all-league in cross country in 2003-04 ... all-league first-team in track and field at the 1600- and 3200-meter run as a senior ... team MVP for cross country and track and field during her senior season ... full name is Katherine Elizabeth Wirtz ... daughter of Paul and Christina Wirtz ... born April 27, 1987, in Cleveland, Ohio ... majoring in mechanical engineering ... earned Commandant's List mention in every semester since freshman year ... named three times to the Superintendent's List and once to the Dean's List.
Wirtz's Career-Best Marks
Event Mark Meet Date
3,000m (I) 11:15.59 JMU, Mount St. Mary's, VCU Jan. 20, 2007
5,000m (I) 18:33.59 American, Mount St. Mary's Dec. 4, 2007
5,000m (O) 19:02.35 at Penn Invitational April 7, 2007
10,000m (O) 39:02.86 Navy Five-Team Meet Mar. 25, 2006