Carrie was born and raised in Dawson, Minnesota. In high school, Carrie won 13 state championships setting a national record of 5 consecutive individual cross country state championships plus 8 state track championships.
While at Villanova University, Carrie won 5 NCAA championships individually and was a member of the 1999 NCAA Cross Country Championships team.
In 1998, Carrie was named NCAA Indoor track athlete of the year and was the first person in NCAA history to win both the 3k and 5k.
Now an Olympian and 3 time national champion she lives and trains in her home state of Minnesota where she hopes to encourage and motivate the next generation.