June 11, 2016
by Tony Jones
EUGENE, Ore. – At the conclusion of three days of competition at the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, five University of Notre Dame student-athletes emerged with first team All-America scrolls spread over three different events on Saturday. Senior Margaret Bamgbose and graduate student Kaila Barber both claimed individual first team All-America honors to lead the Irish to a tie for 25th place team finish (nine points) at Hayward Field.
Bamgbose earned a career-best finish in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Championships, clocking a time of 51.57 to take fourth place in the event final. The top eight result gave Bamgbose her third career first team All-America scroll in an individual outdoor NCAA event, as she placed in the top six of the NCAA 400m dash for the third straight season.
Barber brought home her first career solo first team All-America honor by reaching the last eight athletes competing for the 400m hurdles crown. Barber crossed the line with a time of 56.54 to place eighth nationally in her final 400 hurdles start at the NCAA Championships.
Bamgbose joined sophomores Parker English, Payton Miller and Jordan Shead racing in the 4x400m relay in the final event of the championships, running out of the first lane. The Notre Dame entry clocked a time of 3:31. 95 to place sixth nationally, securing Bamgbose dual first team All-America accolades and clinching inaugural career first team honors for English, Miller and Shead.
Graduate student Carly Loeffel wrapped up Notre Dame entrants at the national meet by taking part in the final three events of the women’s heptathlon on Saturday. A 22nd place finish in the long jump (5.36m, 660 points) and javelin (32.29m, 520 points), and a 16th place result in the 800m run (2:22.37, 792 points) gave Loeffel a total of 5373 points and a 19th place result in the overall heptathlon standings.
2016 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships
Saturday Results/Final Point Standings
Final Team Score
T25. Notre Dame, 9 points
W 400m Dash – Final
4. Margaret Bamgbose 51.57 (First Team All-American)
W 400m Hurdles – Final
8. Kaila Barber 56.54 (First Team All-American)
W 4x400m Relay – Final
6. Notre Dame (Parker English, Payton Miller, Jordan Shead, Margaret Bamgbose) 3:31.95
(Relay members all First Team All-Americans)
W Long Jump – Heptathlon
22. Carly Loeffel 5.36m, 660 points
W Javelin – Heptathlon
22. Carly Loeffel 32.29m, 520 points
W 800m Dash – Heptathlon
16. Carly Loeffel 2:22.37, 792 points
W Heptathlon – Final Score
19. Carly Loeffel, 5373 points
Tony Jones, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2012 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame softball and men’s soccer programs. A native of Jamestown, New York, Jones is a 2011 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and prior to arriving at Notre Dame held positions at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and with the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills.