Alexander Stanford Invite 2018

From East Coast To West, Irish Track And Field Is On The Road

Raleigh Relays
Date: March 29-30, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. | 9:30 a.m.
Location: Paul Derr Track & Field Facility | Raleigh, North Carolina
Host: NC State University

Stanford Invitational
Date: March 29-30, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. | 9 a.m. PT
Location: Cobb Track and Angell Field | Stanford, California
Host: Stanford University

At A Glance

  • Notre Dame will split its distance and middle distance squads for a weekend of racing on both coasts.
  • Members of the middle distance team will compete at the annual Stanford Invitational while longer distance racers will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina for the Raleigh Relays.
  • The Stanford Invitational is entering its 44th year, dating back to its inception in 1975.
  • The Raleigh Relays are set to begin Friday morning at 9 a.m. while the Stanford Invitational starts at 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. ET).
  • You can watch the Stanford Invitational live with a FloTrack subscription.

By The Numbers

  • 29 — Between the two teams, 29 freshmen joined the ranks of the Fighting Irish for the 2018-19 season, including 11 women and 18 men.
  • 24 — At the preseason USTFCCCA rankings, the Irish women ranked 24th in the nation, following their 46th place finish at last season’s NCAA Championships.
  • 6 — Six members of the Irish team qualified for nationals in the 2018 outdoor season, including four who return for the 2018-19 season.
  • 4 — The Notre Dame Track & Field team welcomed four new faces to the coaching staff in 2018-19 including three assistants (Kendra Foley – W. Distance, Wayne Pate – Sprints, Rodney Zuyderwyk – Jumps) and a volunteer assistant coach (Cole Hester – M. Distance).
  • 3 — Three current Irish team members hold Notre Dame school records on the track (outdoors), combining for four total records. Jess Harris (800m, 1500m, DMR), Anna Rohrer (10K) and Kelly Hart (DMR).
  • 2 — The Irish are set to compete on two coasts this weekend, at the Stanford Invitational in California and the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina.
  • 1 — One record has already fallen for the Irish this outdoor season, as Gabrielle Diederich set the Notre Dame program record in the javelin at the Victor Lopez Invitational (47.21m).
  • 1 — This is Matt Sparks’ first season at the helm of the Fighting Irish, having previously served four years as an assistant and associate head coach for the team.

What They’re Saying

  • “Our throwers, sprinters, and jumpers kicked-off our outdoor season last week with a school record and several all-time Notre Dame top 10 marks.  This week our middle distance and distance runners will get a taste of outdoor track.
  • “Our middle distance runners will travel to the Stanford Invitational where we most of your NCAA Champion relay team will see competition for the 1st time outdoor.  We will also see All-American Jessica Harris return to the track for the 1st time since National last June. Harris will race the 800m.
  • “Competing at the Raleigh Relays will be our athletes more directed towards the longer distance events.
  • “This week will give all our athletes a chance to compete against the best in the country and idea weather and allow them to work towards hitting times that will qualify them to the 1st Round of the NCAA Championship.”  — Hatherly-Piane Head Coach Matt Sparks.

Last Time Out

  • Gabrielle Diederich etched her name in the Notre Dame records book with her 47.21m throw in the javelin at the Victor Lopez Classic to kick off the outdoor season.
  • Last season, the Irish sent six representatives to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, four of which return for the 2019 season.
  • Rachel DaDamio, Jessica Harris, Annie Heffernan and Anna Rohrer are all veterans of the championship meet, having competed last year to bring the women a tie for 46th place at the national meet.
  • At their most recent indoor meet, the Irish ran away with their fourth National Title in men’s program history when the DMR crossed the line first at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in 9:31.55.
  • Many indoor records fell in 2018-19, three of which stood at the end of the season. Logan Kusky broke men’s numerous weight throw records while Abbey Kapitan and Rachel Tanczos went back and forth with records in the women’s weight throw.
  • The men’s DMR set the fastest time in program and Meyo Track history with a 9:26.10 finish at the Alex Wilson Invitational and posted the second-best time ever recorded in the NCAA.
  • At the ACC Indoor Championships, Notre Dame recorded four conference titles in the Men’s DMR, Men’s Weight Throw, Women’s Weight Throw and Men’s Mile.

Up Next

  • Notre Dame will compete at the Spartan Invitational (East Lansing, Michigan) and the North Florida Invitational (Jacksonville, Florida) next weekend, April 5-6.