PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The University of Notre Dame track and field team opened their weekend of racing at the highly anticipated Penn Relays Thursday evening.
The women looked to improve upon last year’s finish with the distance medley relay as they were the first group out of the blocks on the first day in Philadelphia. Rachel DaDamio (3:29.35), Grace Cronin (55.99), Mikayla Schneider (2:08.58) and Jess Harris (4:28.77) finished second overall with a final time of 11:02.67, just shy of hoisting the coveted Penn Wheel.
The Irish continued the evening of racing with a strong performance in the women’s 10K with Annie Heffernan and Jacqueline Gaughan. The duo got off to an early lead, at the front of the pack through the first 800m before finishing third and first, respectively.
In her first outdoor 10K with the Blue and Gold, Gaughan clocked a 33:13.39 finish fo first overall before Heffernan crossed the line third in 34:23.08.
Kevin Pulliam was the lone male representative for the Irish on the first day, finishing in the top-10 of the men’s 10K race with a final time of 30:36.86.
The Irish will be represented at three meets on Friday, in three different states.
They open racing at the Jesse Owens Classic before the reigning indoor national champions in the men’s DMR compete at the Penn Relays at 5:15 p.m.
A handful of distance runners will compete at the Gina Relays in Hillsdale, Michigan Friday evening to round out the relay meets.