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

2017-18 -- Track: Earned all-conference honors at the Big West Championships on May 11, finishing in third place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at CSUN, with a time of 10:40.53 (moving to No. 3 in school history) ... also tallied team points at the conference finals in the 5,000 meters a day later, clocking a sixth-place performance of 17:24.46 ... began the spring with a 3,000m win at the Cal Opener in Berkeley on March 3, via 10:12.37, before taking second in the steeple at UC Santa Barbara’s Tri-Meet on March 10 in 10:43.60, then lowering the time to 10:41.33 (eighth) at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival March 30 ... added a 1,500m PR — 4:34.98 — at the 36th annual Cal Poly ShareSLO Invitational on March 24 (good for third) ... also came in fourth for the 5,000 at the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance on April 20, in 16:46.45 ... earned Big West All-Academic Team accolades for a sixth consecutive time in her career, in addition to Conference Commissioner’s Honors. 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 UCSB 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 -- Her brother Luke wrestled for Cal Poly from 2011-14 ... majors in Biological Sciences.