March 23, 2018
By Matt Paras
NASHVILLE, Tennessee ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” On the first day of the Black and Gold Invitational, the Notre Dame track and field team had a group of four runners compete in the men’s and women’s 1500m.
Senior Stephanie Knight led the way for the group as she set a personal-best time in the event. The Maple Plain, Minn. native finished second in her heat and 13th overall with a time of 4:38.59. She beat her previous record that she set last April at the Virginia Challenge.
On the men’s side, freshman Andrew Alexander was the top finisher for the Irish. In his first collegiate outdoor event, Alexander finished 18th overall with a 3:58.14. His teammates Connor Sheryak (3:59.14) and Vincent Zona (3:59.34) finished right behind him, in 19th and 20th, respectively. Sheryak and Zona both ran in the second section and finished in the top two spots.
The Irish will conclude the Black and Gold Invitational tomorrow as they are set to run in the 2000m steeplechase and 800m. The steeplechase is slated to begin at 1:30pm ET and the 800m will begin at 3:15 pm.
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.