With a second All-American honor, senior Mary Saxer became the most decorated pole vaulter in program history.

Irish Track and Field Ready for Georgia Tech Invitational

May 13, 2009

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame track and field teams will head to Atlanta, Ga., this weekend for the Georgia Tech Invitational to be held Friday and Saturday at George C. Griffin Track.

The Irish will try to add to their list of NCAA regional qualifiers as the Georgia Tech contest, one of the nation’s final “last-chance” meets, gets underway Friday with the hammer throw at noon. The 110-meter hurdles kicks off the track events at 6:00 p.m. Saturday’s action begins with the triple jump at 11:00 a.m., while running events begin at 1:00 p.m.

The Irish men are coming off their second consecutive BIG EAST outdoor title, while the women finished fourth at the league meet two weeks ago.

Several Irish student-athletes are also ranked in the top 25 nationally. Patrick Smyth’s 10,000-meter time of 28:25.85 ranks fifth, while his 5,000-meter time of 13:39.50 is good enough for 11th. Mary Saxer is fourth with a pole vault mark of 4.30m (14-1 1/4), while Joanna Schultz ranks 15th in the 400 meters with a time of 53.12. Lindsey Ferguson clocked a 3,000-meter steeplechase time of 10:15.23 to sit in 16th, Jaclyn Espinoza is 19th in the discus with a mark of 52.10m (170-11), Matt Schipper is 19th with a pole vault mark of 5.30m (17-4 1/2) and Anna Weber ranks 25th with a hammer throw of 58.80m (192-11).

Complete results will be available at www.und.com following each day of the Georgia Tech meet.