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Lisa Senakiewich
Lisa  Senakiewich

Associate Head Coach - Cross Country/Distance


Cross Country Starts Off Strong at CMU Jeff Drenth Memorial

Moon, Wilberding lead the way for Spartans in season-opening meet.


Walt Drenth Named Big Ten Coach of the Year

Drenth leads women to third Big Ten title in four years.


Cross Country Finishes Regular Season At EMU Fall Classic

Spartans post six personal-best performances at in-state 5K race.


Spartans Finish Second At Michigan Cross Country Intercollegiates

Men and women each earn runner-up team finishes on Friday.


Cross Country Concludes Season at NCAA Championships

Women place 16th, men finish 31st

Lisa Senakiewich was been promoted to Associate Head Coach for Cross Country/Track & Field on July 9, 2015. Senakiewich, a native of Davison, Michigan, had been with the MSU cross country/track & field program for five years upon returning to her alma mater. Her primary focus is with the cross country and indoor and outdoor distance programs.

Senakiewich was a crucial part of the historic success of the cross country and both track teams. She was a key part of the Michigan State cross country team capturing its first-ever NCAA Championship in 2014, as well as Big Ten and Great Lakes Region titles. The success continued during the indoor season when she was named the 2015 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year. During the outdoor season, the success continued for the Spartans as the women won their first Big Ten title since 1982.

She has played a key role in the success of six-time All-American Leah O'Connor and the rest of the Spartans' distance runners. Senakiewich has worked with O'Connor in addition to Big Ten Champion Rachele Schulist and the MSU women's distance medley relay team.

During the 2010-11 school year, her first season back with MSU, the team already reaped the benefits of her experience and success as a Spartan. In the fall, the women's cross country team won the program's first conference team title since 2001. The women also won the NCAA Great Lakes Region race to earn an automatic berth into the 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships for the 12-straight year. Senior Emily MacLeod flourished she was named both the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Athlete of the Year for the second-straight year, and the Big Ten Athlete of the Year, winning both races in convincing manner. MacLeod capped off the season with an All-America performance at the NCAA Championships.

MacLeod went on to break two school records during the track season in which Senakiewich had previously been a part of, the outdoor 5,000-meter run and the indoor distance medley relay. At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, MacLeod turned in a school-record time of 15:48.20 to place seventh overall in the 5,000-meter run, earning herself her second USTFCCCA All-America nod of the school year.

In her first year out of college, Senakiewich helped then-junior Caden Shields serve as Purdue's lone representative at the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships where he turned in a time of 31:13.8 for 132nd. Shields was the top male Boilermaker at all six of the competitions he ran in over the course of the fall. On the women's side, Camille Buscomb was the top individual runner at the Big Ten Championships for Purdue when she narrowly missed All-Big Ten honors, placing 17th with a time of 21:17.0, a mark which ranks sixth all time in the Purdue record books.

On the track, Senakiewich played an instrumental role in the development of Sarah Klaczynski in the 3,000m steeplechase. Klaczynski was the lone distance representative for the Boilermakers at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Klaczynski qualified for the finals in Eugene, Ore., after turning in a school-record time of 10:11.17 in her preliminary race. Klaczynski became just the second NCAA qualifier for the Boilermakers in the women's steeplechase since 2004. Klaczysnki, who entered her final campaign having never placed at a conference meet or participated in a national meet, graduated a Big Ten Championship medalist and NCAA Championship finals qualifier in the steeplechase.

Senakiewich earned a pair of All-America awards in 2008-09, earning fourth-place in the 5,000-meter run at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 16:28.88, and taking 27th place overall at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships, completing the 6K course in 20:33.40. She led the Spartans to a 20th-place team showing at the outdoor track and field national championships and an 11th-place team effort at the cross country national meet. She also qualified for the 2009 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the one-mile run with a season-best time of 4:40.91. She completed her collegiate career with Michigan State's records in the one-mile run, the 1,500-meter run and the indoor distance medley relay.

Other accomplishments from her final season included leading the Spartans to third-place team finishes at the NCAA Great Lakes Cross Country Regional Championship and the Big Ten Cross Country Championship, as well as First-Team All-Big Ten cross country honors. She also earned her third consecutive spot on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team.

Senakiewich received her bachelor's degree from MSU in English with a focus in general comparative literature, and was a member of the Spartan's Dean's List for all eight semesters of college.

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