March 29, 2018
By Matt Paras
NOTRE DAME, Indiana – The Notre Dame track and field team is getting back into the swing of things with two of the premier outdoor meets slated for this weekend. A number of Irish athletes will be heading to the west coast to compete in the Stanford Invitational starting this Friday. The rest of the squad will be heading east to take part in the Raleigh Relays, which also begin on Friday.
WHAT: Raleigh Relays
WHEN: March 30-31, 2018
WHERE: Paul H. Derr Track (Raleigh, N.C.)
FRIDAY BROADCAST (6pm): ACC Network Extra
SATURDAY BROADCAST (12pm): ACC Network Extra
LIVE RESULTS: Raleigh Live Stats
The Irish will be facing some of the nation’s best in Paolo Alto this weekend as a strong distance field will be competing at the Stanford Invitational.
Coming off their runner-up finish in the distance medley relay at NCAA’s, Jacob Dumford, Edward Cheatham, and Elijah Silva will be running for the first time this outdoor season. Dumford and Silva will be running in the 800m and Dumford will also run in the 1500m. Cheatham will compete in two events on the weekend, the 200m and 400m.
Senior Jessica Harris will also be running for the first time in the outdoor season at Stanford. She earned first team All-American honors after placing eighth at NCAA’s in the mile. She will be running in the 800m this weekend. She placed third overall in the 800m at the Stanford Invitational last season.
Nathan Richartz will be back in the pole vault after his strong start to the outdoor season. Richartz broke the school and facility record at the Hurricane Invitational after clearing 5.60m (18-04.00) to win the event. He was named Men’s ACC Field Performer of the Week following his record-setting vault.
Indi Jackson placed first in the shot put at the Hurricane Invitational and will be competing in the shot put in Paolo Alto. Jackson won the shot put at the Stanford Invitational back in 2016. Freshman Gabrielle Diederich impressed in her first javelin throw of the outdoor season. She placed third in Coral Gables with a 43.77m (143-07).
Jordan Shead is set to run in the 200m and 400m hurdles this weekend. She set a personal record in the 400m two weeks ago at the Hurricane Invitational with a 53.31.
A group of Irish distance runners will be off to North Carolina State to compete in the Raleigh Relays, one of the bigger meets on the east coast this weekend.
Freshman Annasophia Keller is opening her outdoor season in Raleigh after a successful ACC Championships last month. She qualified for the final in the mile after setting a personal-best time in the prelims (4:48.40). She will be running in the 1500m event this weekend.
Sean Kurdy, Dustin Macuiba, Connor Sheryak and Anthony Williams all made their outdoor debuts last week at the Black and Gold Invitational. This weekend in Raleigh, Kurdy, Macuiba and Sheryak will run in the 5000m while Williams runs in the 10000m.
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.