Junior Okechi Ogbuokiri placed second in the 300-meter dash at Saturday's Windsor Team Challenge in Windsor, Ontario. Ogbuokiri will race in both the 400- and 500-meter runs at next weekend's BIG EAST meet and has already qualified provisionally for the NCAA Championships in the 400 meters.

Irish Athletes Advance To Finals In 4 Events At NCAA Mideast Regional Track Meet

May 27, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Sprinter Maryann Erigha qualified for the finals in two events and hurdler Selim Nurudeen qualified for the final in the high hurdles on Friday as Notre Dame’s men’s and women’s track and field team competed at the NCAA Mideast Regional Track and Field Championships at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Erigha won her qualifying heats in the prelims of both the 100- and 200-meter dashes Friday afternoon, posting a time of 11.56 seconds in the 100 and 23.61 in the 200. A favorite to earn one of three qualifying spots from the Mideast Region for the upcoming NCAA Championships, Erigha appeared on track to do just that with a dominant performance in the 100 in which she won by a full .25 of a second. She took her 200 prelim by an impressive margin of .18 of a second to coast into the finals.

Nurudeen won his hurdles heat, posting a time of 13.80 for the third-fastest qualifying mark overall. He’ll battle for a place in the NCAA Championships in Saturday afternoon’s final.

In the women’s 400 meters, Okechi Ogbuokiri took the final qualifying spot for Saturday’s final with a time of 54.25 for the ninth-fastest mark overall.

Late in the evening, action was suspended due to inclement weather, moving the men’s and women’s 5,000 meters finals to Saturday, as well as prelims in the men’s 200 meters and the finals of the men’s and women’s long jump. The competition will begin with the men’s and women’s 5000 at 11 a.m. on Saturday.