Jan. 25, 2018
By Matt Paras
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame track & field team heads back on the road this weekend as they head south to Bloomington, Ind. for the Indiana Relays. The two-day meet will start Friday at 5pm and will continue Saturday at 9 am.
What to Watch
Friday’s events will get started with the 60m hurdles and dash prelims. Troy Pride Jr. will be back in the 60m as he made his return to the track last weekend. He qualified with a time of 6.83 for the finals and finished third. He will also be running in the 200m, which will be held Friday evening.
Kyla Lewis will look to improve on her personal-best time of 7.52 this week in the 60m. She set that mark last week at the Notre Dame Invite and finished second in the finals.
In the infield on Friday, a number of Irish athletes will compete in the shot put. Indi Jackson, Abbey Kapitan and Rachel Tanczos will throw for the women and Logan Kusky, Daniel Hardiman, Shae Watkins and John Stefan will throw for the men.
On Saturday, Logan Kusky will compete in the weight throw, which he won last weekend with a personal-best throw of 19.31m. Matthew Birzer and Hunter Holton will take on the high jump later in the afternoon. Birzer won the event last week while Holton came in third.
On the track, senior Jordan Shead will run in the 400m and 4x400m relay. Last weekend, she broke her own school record in the 600m (1:29.89) and finished first in the event. Shead will also run in the 200m Friday night.
Junior Kelly Hart will be running in the mile for the women after placing first in the 800m last weekend with a time of 2:09.40. Sean Kurdy, Dustin Macuiba and Andrew Alexander will run the mile for the men.
The Irish will also have a large number of runners in the 800m. The women will have five compete; Jessica Harris, Stephanie Knight, Emily Franz, Samantha Murray and Alexis Daugherty while Matt Fraizer and Clay Goldman will run for the men. Harris competed in the mile at the ND Invite and finished off the Irish sweep of the event with a time of 4:43.16.
Admission is free for this weekend’s meet. For fans not attending the meet, you can follow along via the live stats here.
Coming Up Next
Following the Indiana Relays, Notre Dame will return home for the Meyo Invitational. The two-day event will begin Friday, Feb. 2 at the Loftus Sports Center.
For more on the Irish track and field programs, follow @NDXCTF on Twitter and Instagram.
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.