March 11, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Four Irish track and field student-athletes will represent Notre Dame this weekend at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas.
Senior Patrick Smyth will look to add his sixth All-America honor to the trophy case when he competes in the men’s 3000 meters. Smyth notched the 12th-best 3000-meter time in the nation at the Alex Wilson Invitational last weekend after clocking in at 7:56.66.
Junior Joanna Schultz will compete in the women’s 400-meter dash for the Irish. The all-BIG EAST honoree ran a 53.70 400 at the Alex Wilson Invitational to take a spot at the NCAAs.
Saxer won the BIG EAST women’s pole vault title after hitting the NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 4.20 meters (13-7) at the league meet. That mark is tied for eighth best in the country.
Schipper won the men’s BIG EAST title after clearing 5.35 meters (17-5), good enough for 14th nationally.
The combined events kick things off Friday, beginning at 10:00 a.m., followed by the running and field events at 4:00 p.m. Events begin at noon on Saturday.
Complete results will be available at www.und.com following each day of the meet.