March 24, 2012
HOUSTON, Texas – Competing in its first meet of the outdoor track and field season, Notre Dame turned in a strong effort, winning four events on day one of the 30th annual Victor Lopez Invitational on the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Hills won the hammer throw with a toss of 54.62m (179-02 ft), surpassing the second place competitor by .22 meters. Teammate Mitchell Gormley finished fourth with a throw of 51.49m (168-11 ft).
In the women’s throw, the Irish went one-two as Devaney won the event with a toss of 52.82m (173-03 ft), surpassing teammate Madeline Casanova (52.33m, 171-08 ft) by .49 meters).
In the women’s 1,500m run, Notre Dame claimed five of the top eight spots. Curran led the way, finishing first in 4:26.80. Teammate Alexa Aragon followed closely behind in second (4:27.01). McKinzie Schulz placed fifth with a time of 4:33.46. Following closely behind was Angela Ryck (6th, 4:33.72) and Allison Schroeder (8th, 4:36.38).
The Irish continued their strong night as Carlson won the 3,000m steeplechase in a time of 9:00.57. Two other Notre Dame runners finished in the top four as Kelly Lynch took third (9:13.58) and Joe Miller finished fourth (9:14.16).
In the men’s 5,000m run Jeff MacMillan finished sixth in 14:50.23, while in the women’s Meg Ryan placed third in 17:17.88.
Day two gets underway with the men’s shot put at 11 a.m. (CT). A live results link is provided on UND.com.