March 24, 2018
By Matt Paras
NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The Notre Dame distance runners competed in three events Saturday afternoon on the final day of the Black and Gold Invitational. Dustin Macuiba and Erin Sullivan earned top-five finishes on the final day of competition down in Nashville.
In the 2000m steeplechase, Macuiba led the way for the Irish finishing third overall with a time of 6:02.52. Anthony Williams finished sixth in the event (6:05.21) and Sean Kurdy was not far behind with an eighth-place finish (6:18.62).
To close out the meet for the Irish, Erin Sullivan and Matt Fraizer competed in the 800m run. Sullivan was coming off a personal-best time in the 800m at the ACC Indoor Championships and had a strong race Saturday in Nashville. She finished fourth out of a field of 21 runners with a time of 2:15.70. Fraizer finished 18th on the men’s side with a time of 1:57.23.
The Irish will split up next weekend at the Stanford Invitational and Raleigh Relays. Both meets will start on Friday, March 30 and conclude on Saturday, March 31.
Matt Paras, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since January 2018. In his role, he coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse and cross country/track & field programs. A native of Warwick, Rhode Island, Paras is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sport Administration. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, he worked at Vanderbilt University as the sports information contact for the women’s soccer and lacrosse programs.