Position
Distance
Height
5'6
Class
Redshirt
Hometown
Franklin, La.
High School
Hanson Memorial HS

Events: 3,000M (10:02.43), 5,000M (IN: 17:35.60; OUT: 17:57.53), Steeplechase (11:31.91)

CAREER CAPSULE
A four-year letterwinner for the Lady Tigers from 2004-08 … One of the best distance runners in program history … Her personal best of 11:31.91 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase ranks No. 2 all-time at LSU … Also finished her career ranked No. 4 on the school’s all-time indoor performance list in the 5,000 meters with a personal-best time of 17:35.60 and No. 7 on the all-time indoor list in the 3,000 meters with a top time of 10:02.43.

2008
Set personal bests in both the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters during the indoor season in 2008 … Clocked the seventh-fastest indoor time in school history with a 10:02.43 in the 3k at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational … Also competed in the 3k at the Purple Tiger Classic (10:10.80) and Razorback Invitational (10:05.35) … Ran the fourth-fastest 5k in program history at the Tyson Invitational, finishing 10th in the college division after crossing the finish line in 17:35.60 … Was the 16th-place finisher in the 5,000 meters at the SEC Indoor Championships, clocking a time of 17:40.07 … Also ran the mile at the Bayou Bengal Invitational … Placed third with a time of 5:16.07 … Did not compete during the outdoor season as her eligibility had expired.

2007
Competed in 12 meets for the Lady Tigers during the 2007 season … Concentrated on the mile and 3,000 meters during the indoor season … Ran a seasonal best and personal-best time of 5:15.29 in the mile to finish third at the LSU Twilight Invitational (Feb. 16) … Earned back-to-back fourth-place finishes in the 3,000 meters at the Purple Tiger Classic (Jan. 13) and Lobo Invitational (Jan. 19-20) … Clocked a new personal best in the 3k with a time of 10:12.12 at the Tyson Invitational … Finished 28th in the 3,000 meters at the SEC Indoor Championships … Specialized in the 3,000-meter steeplechase during the outdoor season … Placed 13th in the event at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a new personal-best time and the second-fastest time in school history at 11:31.91 … Finished the season ranked ninth in the 3,000 meters and seventh in the 5,000 meters on the school’s all-time indoor performance list … Also ranked 10th in both events on the all-time outdoor list … Was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for her outstanding performance in the classroom.

2006
Primarily ran the 3,000 meters during the indoor season … Posted a seasonal best of 10:22.70 at the Tyson Invitational … Ran 10:27.96 at the Bayou Bengal Invitational … During the outdoor campaign, concentrated on the steeplechase and the 5,000 meters … Top performance in the steeplechase came at the SEC Championships (11:39.09) … Time ranked as the second fastest in Lady Tiger history … Finished third at the Rice Twilight in the event with a time of 12:05.75 … Also posted a personal best in the 5,000 meters, finishing in 18:39.41 at the LSU Alumni Gold … Turned in a PR of 10:15.72 in the 3,000 meters at the Miami Elite Invitational.

2005
Ran in just five meets for the Tigers … Ran the mile during the indoor season … Clocked a seasonal-best time of 5:30.24 at the Bayou Bengal Invitational … Participated in the 3,000 meters once, posting a time of 10:54.73 at the LSU Twilight … Ran the 5,000 meters during the outdoor campaign … Established a new personal record in the event, clocking 18:54.80 at the LSU Alumni Gold.

2004
Competed in just two meets for the Lady Tigers during the outdoor season … Clocked 5:21.54 in the 1,500 meters at the Tiger Relays … Recorded a time of 19:55.26 in the 5,000 meters at the LSU Alumni Gold … Did not run during the indoor season.

PRIOR TO LSU
Lettered in cross country and track at Hanson Memorial High School … Came to LSU with PRs of 5:35 in the mile and 12:14 in the two-mile run … Fastest cross country finish was recorded at 12:51.

PERSONAL
Full name is Katherine Accardo … Born on June 27, 1985 … Daughter of Nick and Rebecca Accardo … Has two brothers, Nick and Mark … Brother, Nick, also ran track at LSU.

 

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