Senior Cassie Gullickson earned wins in the long jump and triple jump at the Purdue Invitational on Saturday afternoon in West Lafayette, Ind.

Gullickson, Weber Lead Irish At Purdue Invitational

Jan. 14, 2007


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Senior Cassie Gullickson (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Brentwood (Tenn.)) was a double winner in the horizontal jumps and sophomore Anna Weber (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) set two new personal bests in the throwing events, including the school’s No. 2 all-time mark in the weight throw, as a handful of Notre Dame indoor track & field team members opened the new year Saturday afternoon at the non-scored Purdue Invitational, held at Lambert Fieldhouse in West Lafayette, Ind.

Gullickson collected victories in the high jump (1.63m/5-4 1/4) and triple jump (11.46m/37-7.25), with the latter mark matching the season-best distance she set at the Blue & Gold Invitational back on Dec. 1. Gullickson already has qualified for the BIG EAST Indoor Championship in both events. Meanwhile, Weber finished second in the weight throw with a personal-best heave of 16.83 meters (55-2 3/4) that not only qualified her for the BIG EAST meet, but also was second in the Notre Dame record books behind only Dore DeBartolo’s mark of 17.08 meters (56-0.5) at the 2000 Meyo Invitational. Weber added a third-place showing in the shot put at the Purdue Invitational, topping out with a personal-best 13.86-meter toss (45-5 3/4) to lengthen her BIG EAST qualifying mark in that event.

Sophomore Mary Saxer (Lancaster, N.Y./Central) was the other individual winner for Notre Dame during the weekend, claiming the pole vault title with a season-best leap of 3.80 meters (12-5.5) that extended her BIG EAST qualifier. Freshman Michelle Ripple (Littleton, Colo./Arapahoe) placed fourth with a personal-best mark of 3.35 meters (10-11.75) that just missed the BIG EAST minimum (3.40m).

On the men’s side, freshman pole vaulter Jim Merchun (Carmel, Ind./Cathedral) earned a spot in the BIG EAST Championship with a season-best height of 4.45 meters (14-7.25) that was good for a seventh-place finish at Purdue. Two other Irish athletes — sophomore Brian Mahon (Granger, Ind./Clay) and freshman Matt Schipper (Leo, Ind./Bishop Dwenger) — came close to meeting the BIG EAST standard (4.35m), as both cleared 4.30 meters (14-1.25) on Saturday.

Senior Christopher Jacques (Old Brookville, N.Y./Chaminade) finished second in the long jump at 7.03 meters (23-0.25) and fourth in the high jump at 1.91 meters (6-3.25). Senior Garet Koxlien (Galesville, Wis./Galesville-Ettrick-Trempelau) took third in the weight throw with a toss of 16.64 meters (54-7.25), while freshman Eric Quick (Bakersfield, Calif./Liberty) was third in the long jump with a season-best mark of 6.62 meters (21-8.75). All three men already have qualified for the BIG EAST meet in their respective events, with Quick adding a second qualification in the triple jump at last month’s Blue & Gold Invitational.

Notre Dame will kick off the 2007 indoor track & field season in earnest on Friday when it plays host to the Notre Dame Indoor Opener at the Loftus Sports Center. The field events will begin at 5:30 p.m. (ET) with the men’s long jump, while the running competition will start at 7 p.m. (ET) with the women’s 60-meter dash. Admission to all Irish home track & field meets is free to the general public.

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