Feb. 7, 2003
The University of Notre Dame is playing host to the 2003 Meyo Invitational this weekend, and the meet began with four distance races and three field events on Friday evening.
The Friday night festivities were highlighted by two Notre Dame women’s team individual victories and a spectacular women’s distance medley relay. For the Irish women, Tameisha King ended up with a one-centimeter long jump victory, out-jumping Maryland’s Kierra Foster 6.17m – 6.16m.
Off the pole vault run way, Jaime Volkmer continued her push toward becoming the first Irish women’s pole vaulter to make a trip to the NCAA Championship. She tied for first with Maryland’s Natalie Dye, clearing 3.85m. Volkmer has already gone over 3.90m this season and had two very good attempts at 4.00m. The NCAA automatic barrier is 4.20m.
The women’s DMR provided the track highlight, as Arkansas posted a stellar 11:15.78 time to cross the finish line first. Michigan was second in 11:21.09 and Notre Dame was third in 11:28.59. All three times are among the top 10 in the nation this season.
In other action, the University of Windsor came down early on Friday afternoon for a pentathlon competition. Notre Dame’s Stacy Cowan and Mark Barber both came away with victories.
Other top efforts for the Irish teams included Meghan Horn qualifying for the BIG EAST Championship weight throw with a 13.98m toss, while Chip Roberts finished 10th in a tough men’s field for the men’s squad. Tom Gilbert ended up fourth in the long jump (6.96m) and Tim Moore ended up fifth in the 5,000 meters (14:22.17).