June 10, 2015
EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Notre Dame men’s track & field team kicked off competition Wednesday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, with two Fighting Irish individuals earning second-team All-America honors.
Senior Chris Giesting finished fourth in the third heat of the 400 meter semifinals with a time of 46.03, but did not advance to Friday’s final. In finishing 10th overall, Giesting earned second-team All-America honors.Â
Sophomore Nathan Richartz also earned his first All-America stripe, finishing tied for 14th place in the pole vault with a height of 5.15m for second-team recognition. He became the first Irish field athlete to earn an All-America honor since Kevin Schipper earned both indoor and outdoor pole vault recognition in 2012.
The Irish men’s 4×400-meter relay saw its season end after an impressive showing at the East Preliminary, finishing in 22nd place (3:10.53). The group, consisting of Eric Ways, Harvey Smith, Alex Groesch and Giesting, earned honorable mention All-America honors.
With his second-team and honorable mention All-America nods Wednesday, Giesting picked up his 10thÂ and 11thÂ career All-America citations, tying Patrick Feeney (’14) for the most in Irish history.
The women’s competition will begin tomorrow with semifinal races beginning at 7 p.m. EDT. Jade Barber (100-meter hurdles), Margaret Bamgbose (400 meters) and the 4×400-meter relay squad will race in the semifinals of their respective events, while Molly Seidel (10,000 meters) and Emily Morris (shot put) will compete in the finals. The event will air on ESPNU from 7-8:30 p.m. EDT and on ESPN beginning at 8:30 p.m. EDT.
Note: This story has been updated to reflect that both Chris Giesting and Patrick Feeney earned 11 All-America citations in their careers. It was previously noted that Giesting had amassed 10 and Feeney had earned nine.
NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Schedule of Events
All Times EDT
400 meters – semifinal (top two from each of three heats, plus next two best advance)
10. Chris Giesting, 46.03 (fourth in Heat 3)^^
4×400-meter relay – semifinal (top two from each of three heats, plus next two best advance)
22. Notre Dame (eighth in Heat 1), 3:10.53
Eric Ways, Harvey Smith, Alex Groesch, Chris Giesting
Pole Vault – Championship
T-14. Nathan Richartz, 5.15m^^
Thursday — ESPNU 7-8:30 p.m.; ESPN 8:30 p.m.
8:02 p.m. — Women’s 100-meter hurdles semifinal
8:30 p.m. — Women’s 400 meters semifinal
8:40 p.m. — Women’s Shot Put final
9:38 p.m. — Women’s 10,000 meters final
10:18 p.m. — Women’sÂ 4×400-meter relay semifinal
Parker English, Jordan Shead, Amber Lalla, Margaret Bamgbose
Friday — ESPN 7:30 p.m.
9:30 p.m. — Men’s 5,000 meters final
Saturday — ESPN2 5 p.m.
5:45 p.m. — Women’s 100-meter hurdles final
6:05 p.m. — Women’s 400 meters final
7:20 p.m. — Women’s 4×400-meter relay final
* – Notre Dame Record
^ – First Team All-American
^^ – Second Team All-American
Joanne Norell, Media Relations Assistant