Anna Weber finished fifth in the women's hammer throw at the NCAA Mideast Regional in Louisville, Ky.

Irish Compete on Day One of Alex Wilson Invitational

March 6, 2009


NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Multiple athletes set NCAA provisional qualifying marks on the first day of the Alex Wilson Invitational, held at the Loftus Sports Center.

Men’s Long Jump: Eric Quick finished fifth with a mark of 6.96m (22-10), followed by Justin Schneider in seventh at 6.46m (21-2 1/2).

Women’s Long Jump: Illinois’ Jessica Penney qualified for the NCAA Championships with a mark of 6.14m (20-1 3/4). Michigan’s Casey Taylor finished second at 5.86m (19-2 3/4) and West Virginia’s Chelsea Carrier finished third at 5.82m (19-1 1/4).

Women’s Weight Throw: Western Michigan’s Irene Cooper finished first with a mark of 20.01m (65-7 3/4), followed by Anna Weber in second at 62-10 1/2) and Mallory Barnes, of Dayton, finished third with a mar of 18.76m (61-6 3/4). All three set NCAA provisional qualifying marks.

Men’s Weight Throw: Michigan State’s Jay Gillespie took the top spot with a toss of 18.58m (60-11 1/2). Greg Davis finished second with a mark of 18.26m (59-11), John Belcher finished fifth at 16.37m (53-8 1/2), Denes Veres finished seventh in 15.19m (49-10) and Andrew Hills finished eighth with a mark of 14.23m (46-8 1/4).

Women’s 5000 Meters – Wake Forest’s Anna Nosenko won the event with a time of 16:25.91. Lindsey Ferguson was the top Irish finisher in eighth at 17:04.36, followed by Beth Tacl in ninth with a time of 17:07.47. Becca Bauman finished 15th in 17:50.25, Alissa Ott finished 16th in 17:56.03, Kari Johnson was 17th with a time of 17:59.01, Stephanie Socias finished 18th in 18:00.01, Erica Watson was 19th in 18:00.17 and Emily Wauford finished 20th with a time of 18:38.49.

Men’s 5000 Meters – Auburn’s Girma Mecheso finished first with a time of 13:59.56, followed by Guor Marial, of Iowa State, at 14:04.07 and Virginia’s Ryan Collins in third at 14:05.28.

Men’s Pole Vault: Mark Hollis, jumping unattached, finished first with a jump of 5.37m (17-7 1/4). Kevin Schipper finished third at 5.07m (16-7 1/2), and Matt Schipper finished fifth with a mark of 5.07m (16-7 1/2).

Women’s High Jump: Michigan State’s Rebecca Buchholtz finished first with a mark of 1.76m (5-9 1/4), followed by Indiana’s Ashley Rhodes and Marquette’s Erynn James.

Women’s Distance Medley Relay: West Virginia took the top spot with a time of 11;05.12m, followed by Kansas State at 11:07.41. Both times were NCAA automatic qualifiers. Washington State finished third at 11:17.92 and Missouri State finished fourth at 11:24.02. Both set NCAA provisional qualifying times.

Men’s Distance Medley Relay: 15 teams set NCAA automatic qualifying times, with Virginia leading the way at 9:29.86.

Events get underway at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for the final day of the Alex Wilson Invitational.

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