Danny Kilrea Commits To Notre Dame

One of the nation's top cross country talents has come to a decision on his collegiate future. 

Lyons Township (Illinois) High senior Danny Kilrea, who a year ago won the Nike Cross Nationals Midwest Region and finished 13th at NXN, verbally committed to the University of Notre Dame late Thursday night.

Kilrea can sign with the Fighting Irish during the national letter of intent early signing period for all sports between November 8-15. 

But the pressure of finding a college program likely is a weight lifted off Kilrea, who has rushed out to one of the top starts among all athletes this fall.

He has posted two impressive wins at 3-miles, going 14:10.25 at the Mike Kuharic Invitational and a U.S. No. 2 time of 14:02.30 at the First to Finish Invitational, in which he posted a 194 speed rating. He's also run 15:08.10 for 5K as well. 

His breakthrough race came last year at NXR Midwest, where he flourished with his first sub-15 effort at the 5K, going 14:51.60, though this fall he may be also looking for his first state championship in Illinois. 

He's finished second and 10th in recent years. 

On the track, Kilrea also has PBs of 4:12.81 in the 1600m -- and 4:14.27 for the full mile -- 9:00.81 for the 3200m. He also finished seventh at New Balance Nationals Indoor in the 2-mile, posting an effort of 9:07.25.

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