Jan. 23, 2016

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Hopes of performing well were on the minds of the Notre Dame track and field student-athletes coming into the annual Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday. They met their expectations, posting five first-place finishes and 11 top-3 showings. Overall, both the men and women finished fourth in team competition, with the men scoring 69.5 points and the women scoring 68 points.

“I told the team, we have to get used to competing at a higher level,” Notre Dame head coach Alan Turner said. “They [Michigan, Michigan State, Louisville] stepped it up, and I told the team, it doesn’t get easier than this. In all the meets there are going to be quality people. These people competing are national qualifiers or all-conference performers, so you have to bring the effort each and every time.”

Notre Dame’s Nate Richartz won first place in the pole vault, solidifying the win with a jump of 5.30 meters. This jump was also a personal best for the junior from Island Lake, Illinois.

In the women’s 600-meter run, sophomore Jordan Shead (St. Charles, Ill.) posted a personal-best time of 1:31.29, securing a third-place finish.

Back in action for the first time this season, senior Danielle Aragon continued her road to recovery in the mile event, with a time of 4:55.27. On the men’s side, sophomores John Flannery and Billy Dolan posted times of 4:19.42 and 4:38.15, respectively, in the mile race.

In the women’s 400-meter dash, senior Margaret Bamgbose finished with a strong first-place finish in a time of 53.82. Bamgbose was followed on the men’s side by a great performance from junior Harvey Smith, whose time of 47.85 gave him third place in the event.

Senior Brent Swanberg earned a time of 8.50 in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, giving him a personal-best time and a fourth-place finish.

The Fighting Irish had a strong showing in both men’s and women’s fields in the 800-meter run. On the men’s side, sophomore Kirk Hansen claimed third place by running a time of 1:53.09. On the women’s side, junior Jamie Marvil ran a time of 2:12.93, securing fourth place.

Notre Dame showed a strong performance in the men’s 200-meter dash. Junior Harvey Smith, who earned third place in the 400-meter dash earlier, won the 200 meter with a time of 21.71. He was followed in second place by junior Alex Groesch, with a time of 21.91.

Senior Madison Lena and junior Anthony Shivers had strong performances in the weight throw, posting distances of 14.71 meters and 19.47 meters, respectively.

In the women’s 3000-meter run, freshman Anna Rohrer ran a strong time of 9:17.87, securing her the second-place spot in the race. Anna Rohrer was an All-American performer during this past cross-country season.

In the 60-meter dash, graduate student Kaila Barber earned third place with her time of 7.56, an all-time best for her.

Junior Taylor Craft performed well in the triple jump, with her jump of 11.40 meters being enough for third place.

Women’s Events
Long Jump
9. Emily Carson (5.47m)
Pole Vault
9. Kara Snyder (3.50m)
600 Meter Run
3. Jordan Shead (1:31.29)
1 Mile Run
11. Danielle Aragon (4:55.27)
400 Meter Run
1. Margaret Bamgbose (53.82)
800 Meter Run
4. Jamie Marvil (2:12.93)
200 Meter Run
5. Kyla Lewis (24.89)
Weight Throw
4. Madison Lena (17.75m)
3000 Meter Run
2. Anna Rohrer (9:17.87)
60 Meter Dash
3. Kaila Barber (7.56)
Triple Jump
3. Taylor Craft (11.40m)
4×400 Meter Relay
1. Notre Dame (3:40.95)
Shot Put
5. Indi Jackson (13.75m)

Men’s Events
Long Jump
7. Brent Swanberg (6.41m)
High Jump
5. Hunter Holton (2.00m)
1 Mile Run
15. John Flannery (4:19.42)
400 Meter Run
3. Harvey Smith (47.85)
60 Meter Hurdles
4. Brent Swanberg (8.50)
800 Meter Run
3. Kirk Hansen (1:53.09)
200 Meter Run
1. Harvey Smith (21.71)
Weight Throw
5. Anthony Shivers (19.47m)
3000 Meter Run
8. Jacob Dumford (8:14.41)
4×400 Meter Relay
1. Notre Dame (3:13.41)
Pole Vault
1. Nate Richartz (5.30m)
Shot Put
7. Daniel Hardiman (14.38m)

Notre Dame is next scheduled to send competitors to the Indiana University Relays in Bloomington (Jan. 29-30).

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Matthew D’Alonzo is a freshman student assistant for Fighting Irish Media, working with Athletics Communications Directors for Cross Country, Track and Field, Basketball, and Tennis. A Computer Engineering/PLS Major, Matthew is from Mobile, Alabama.