Jan. 21, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame track and field freshman standout Chris Giesting broke a 29-year old Irish mark on Saturday as he lowered the school record in the 500-meter run to 1:01.89 at the Notre Dame Invitational. The time also broke the Meyo Track record from 2007.
Giesting’s time in the 500m broke Steve Dziabis’mark of 1:01.92 from 1983, and also smashed Louisville’s Shaquan Brown’s time of 1:02.60 from 2007.
The Batesville, Ind., native’s record was just one of the many highlights on the day for the Irish, who won six events and hit 60 BIG EAST qualifying standards, with 30 of those being reached for the first time this season.
For Giesting it’s his second record in two weeks, as he tied the Grand Valley State track record in the 600m (1:19.12) last weekend at the Bob Eubanks Open.
“Today’s meet was a great one for track and field fans,” said head coach Joe Piane. “Chris broke a 29-year old school record, a Michigan State women’s high jumper leapt six feet and a DePaul shot putter had a NCAA qualifying toss of 20.01 meters. We had several strong performances today from Kelly Burke in the pole vault to the men’s 4x400m relay team and many others in between.”
The Irish will hit the road again next weekend as they compete in the Indiana Relays on Friday and Saturday.
Notre Dame Event-By-Event Results
Men’s Long Jump
Women’s Long Jump
Michigan State and South Florida claimed the top five spots in the long jump, before a Notre Dame jumper made an appearance. Sophomore Jessie Christian placed sixth with a leap of 5.36m, while K. Barber finished eighth with a leap of 5.33m.
Men’s 60m Hurdles
Women’s 60m Hurdles
Freshman Kaila Barber took second in the 60m hurdles, finishing in 8.59. A trio of Irish hurdlers placed sixth (Maddie Buttinger), seventh (Meghan Moore) and eighth (Fiona Paladino), respectively.
The Irish took three of the top four spots in the 1,000m. Jeremy Rae (2:23.45) and Johnathan Shawel (2:24.95), who were each making their first appearances of the outdoor season, took first and third, respectively. Both times qualified them automatically for the BIG EAST Indoor Championships. Senior Randall Babb placed fourth in 2:24.98.
Notre Dame swept the 1,000m run as Kelly Curran (2:50.70) and McKinzie Schulz (2:51.26) took first and second. Both times were BIG EAST qualifying marks.
South Florida dominated the 60m dash, taking three of the top four spots. Patrick Feeney claimed the best finish for the Irish, as the 400m specialist dropped down to the 60m and took fifth in a BIG EAST qualifying time of 7.01.
Aijah Urssery was the top finisher for the Irish in the 60m dash, turning in a third place finish in 7.68.
Giesting broke the Notre Dame and Meyo Track record in the 500m, blazing to a first place finish in 1:01.89. The time was well over two seconds faster than his closest competitor. The mark was also a BIG EAST qualifying time.
Maddie Buttinger secured her place at the BIG EAST Championships in the 500m, taking sixth in 1:16.03.
Notre Dame took five of the top nine spots in the mile field, with all five running BIG EAST qualifying times. Crossing the line in fourth place was Thomas Pesch (4:13.48). He was followed by Jake Kildoo (6th, 4:15.90), Jeffrey MacMillan (7th, 4:16.36), Kelly Lynch (8th, 4:17.31) and Joe Miller (9th, 4:18.84).
The Irish produced four of the top 10 spots, with sophomore Alexa Aragon crossing the line in second place in 4:46.32. Freshman Emily Frydrych (4th, 4:55.84), senior Molly Hirt (5th, 5:01.71) and Meg Ryan (10th, 5:06.11) followed closely behind. All four were BIG EAST qualifying times.
Men’s High Jump
Doug Onuscheck and Peter Sullivan were the top finishers in the high jump as they both turned in BIG EAST qualifying leaps. Onuscheck placed sixth with a leap of 1.96m, while Sullivan finished eighth with jump of 1.96m.
Women’s High Jump
Maddie Buttinger claimed third in the high jump with a BIG EAST qualifying leap of 1.68m.
A trio of Notre Dame runners qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the 800m. Zac Suriano took second in 1:53.64, with teammate Eddy Gibbons following along in third in 1:54.20. Mitchell Lorenz finished fifth in 1:54.59.
Notre Dame qualified three for the BIG EAST Championships in the 800m. Schulz placed second in 2:12.93, while Allison Schroeder claimed fourth in 2:14.43. Kelly Curran finished sixth in 2:15.19 to close out the event for the Irish.
Brendan Dougherty crossed the line in second place for the Irish, running a BIG EAST qualifying time of 48.43. Buchanon finished not far behind in fourth in another BIG EAST qualifying time of 49.10.
Senior Natalie Geiger was the lone BIG EAST qualifier for the Irish in the 400m, as she finished in second place (56.92).
Men’s 4x400m Relay
Notre Dame claimed the top spot in the 4x400m relay, as the team of Dougherty, Lorenz, Feeney and Giesting cruised to victory in 3:12.61.
Women’s 4x400m Relay
The Irish took second in the women’s 4x400m relay, as the team of Geiger, Brown, Buttinger and K. Barber finished in a time of 3:45.78.
Aided by a pair of pace runners, junior J.P. Malette dominated the 3,000m field, winning in a BIG EAST qualifying time of 8:21.69.
Men’s Shot Put
A pair of Notre Dame shot putters qualified for the BIG EAST as Andrew Brock (5th, 16.89m) and Andrew Hills (8th, 16.03m) both reached the mark. In one of the more impressive showings of the day, DePaul’s Tim Nedow qualified for the NCAAs with a toss of 20.01m, over a meter more than his closest competition.
Women’s Shot Put
Two Irish throwers hurled BIG EAST qualifying tosses, as Emily Morris (13.21m) and Madeline Casanova (13.17m), finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Women’s Triple Jump
Jesse Christian (11.59m), Kelly Burke (11.58m) and Mary Esther Gourdin (11.49m) went sixth, seventh and eighth in the women’s triple jump. All three distances were BIG EAST qualifying marks.
Feeney continued his impressive day, winning the 200m in a BIG EAST qualifying time of 21.68. He was followed by teammate Keith Mesidor, who took third in a conference qualifying mark of 22.43.
Urssery (5th, 25.22) and Brown (11th, 25.40) both qualified for the 200m at the BIG EAST Championships.
Women’s Pole Vault
The Irish had three vaulters in the top six, with sophomore Kelly Burke leading the way in a tie for first place with a vault of 3.70m. Kathryn Barousse was close behind in third with an identical 3.70m vault, while Kayla Polcari took sixth with a vault of 3.55m. All three vaults were BIG EAST qualifying marks.
Men’s Weight Throw
Four Irish throwers finished in the top eight and qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the process. Notre Dame took the fifth through the eight slots, with Anthony Thomas (17.81m), Jordan Stumph (17.66m), Andrew Hills (17.26m) and Mike Smigelski (16.25m) leading the charge.
Women’s Weight Throw
Notre Dame had a pair of BIG EAST qualifying throws in the women’s weight throw, as Mason Bashaw (7th, 16.23m) and Casanova (8th, 15.94m) finished one after the other.
NOTRE DAME VICTORIES
Chris Giesting – 500m
Jeremy Rae – 1,000m
J.P. Malette – 3,000m
Brendan Dougherty, Mitchell Lorenz, Patrick Feeney and Chris Giesting – Men’s 4x400m Relay
Kelly Burke – Pole Vault
Kelly Curran – 1,000m
BIG EAST QUALIFIERS
Mary Esther Gourdin
BOLD = NEW QUALIFIER