Maddie McDonald
Maddie McDonald
Height: 5-4
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Orange, CA
High School: Rosary HS
Events: Distance
Experience: 3Y

2017-18 -- Cross Country: Finished 13th at the Big West Conference Championships at UC Riverside on Oct. 28, running the 6k in 21:20.8 ... continued postseason at the NCAA West Regional in Seattle on Nov. 10 by taking 95th place with a performance of 21:34.2 ... started fall with a sixth-place 5k of 18:37.12 at the UC Santa Barbara Lagoon Open on Sept. 2, helping the Mustangs earn a 22-37 Blue-Green Rivalry win over the Gauchos ... added a 64th-place 6k of 20:45.3 at Oregon’s Dellinger Invitational on Sept. 29, in 20:45.3 ... made her fifth consecutive Big West All-Academic Team.

2016-17 -- Track: Earned career-best performances in three events: the 3,000-meter steeplechase (at 11:02.90 — just 15-hundredths of a second away from No. 10 in school history — while taking seventh place at the Big West Conference Championships at Cal State Fullerton on May 12), the 5,000 meters (17:35.17, good for sixth at the conference finals the next day) and the 1,500m (4:46.56, third at the Bulldog Invitational in Clovis on April 22) ... also ran the steeplechase in 11:07.93 at the dual meet vs. UCSB on April 29 (finishing second) ... combined between the two seasons, made her fourth Big West All-Academic Team, in addition to earning conference commissioner’s academic honors. Cross Country: Began the fall helping the Mustangs win the Lagoon Open 5k around UCSB on Sept. 3, finishing in 11th place with a time of 18:20.61 as Cal Poly topped the Gauchos 19-44 for the victory ... then in 6k competition, came in 46th at the UCR Invitational on Sept. 17 (at 21:31.6) and 33rd at the Stanford Invite on Oct. 1 (21:52.0) ... closed the season by winning the 5k at the Cal Poly Invitational hosted at Fairbanks Memorial Course in San Luis Obispo on Oct. 15, in 18:39.3 ... made the Big West All-Academic Team again.

2015-16 -- Track: At the Big West Championships on May 13, was only one spot back of an all-conference plaque in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing fourth with a PR of 11:06.38 in Jack Rose Stadium ... was the runner-up in the steeplechase at the home dual against UCSB on April 30, in 11:10.27 ... also competed in the 5,000m at the conference finals on May 14, taking 11th place at 18:08.85 ... other career-best performances recorded during the spring included 4:47.07 for the 1,500m (taking fourth place at the Bulldog Invitational on April 23) and 10:02.22 for the 3,000m (fourth at the season-opening Big West Double Dual at UC Riverside on March 12) ... made the conference’s All-Academic Team for a second consecutive season. Cross Country: As a redshirt freshman, competed at three meets ... finished 16th at the Lagoon Open on Sept. 5, with a 5k time of 19:10.09 ... was 29th at the Fresno State Invitational on Sept. 11, with a 4.2k time of 15:20.1 ... added an eighth-place 5k of 19:06.0 at the Cal Poly Invitational on Oct. 17 ... earned Big West Conference All-Academic honors.

2014-15 -- Track: Came on strong at the end of the spring, finishing in fifth place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Big West Championships (just two spots back of an all-conference accolade), with a time of 11:19.86 ... also was third in the steeplechase against UCSB at Westmont College on May 2, turning in an 11:53.71 ... also clocked a 4:49.40 in the 1,500m at the Bulldog Invite on April 25. Cross Country: Competing unattached at the Cal Poly Invitational on Oct. 18, posted a fourth-place 5k time of 19:33.

Prep -- At Rosary High School in Fullerton, ran the 1,600 meters in 5:13.89, the 800m in 2:21.0 and the 5k in 18:52 with coach Jennifer Murphy ... played soccer for the Royals ... was an honor roll student and participated in ASB ... also was a Make-a-Wish officer.

Personal -- Born on Dec. 19, 1995 ... daughter of Tom & Kathleen; her brother Luke wrestled for Cal Poly from 2011-14 ... also has a sister, Cassie ... majors in Biological Sciences.