April 25, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame junior Maddie Buttinger (Waterloo, Ontario/Resurrection C.S.S.) claimed the heptathlon crown at the Polytan Invitational Saturday at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex in Bloomington, Ind.
The junior scored 5,255 points to win the event handily, which is her best finish this season. Malaikah Love of Southern Illinois was the second-place finisher with 5,098 points.
Buttinger began with a fifth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.80, followed by finishing first in the high jump (1.70m). In the shot put, the junior threw 12.32m to finish first, while she claimed third place in the 200-meter dash in 25.69. To conclude the event, Buttinger placed first in the long jump (5.75m), fifth place (30.12m) in the javelin throw and first place in the 800-meter run in 2:23.77.
Buttinger and the rest of the women’s track and field team, along with the men’s team continues its season at the Drake Relays, which begin Thursday, and at the Hillsdale Relays on Friday.