Feb. 4, 2010
NOTRE DAME, ind. – Some of the nation’s top track and field talent descends on the Loftus Sports Center this weekend as Notre Dame hosts the 23rd annual Meyo Invitational.
The two-day meet kicks off Friday at 5:00 p.m. (ET) with Saturday’s events beginning at 9:00 a.m.
The Meyo Invitational continues to be one of the premiere collegiate track and field meets in the nation. Featured in the meet will be the Meyo Mile and the Ryan Shay 3000-meter run, in honor of former Notre Dame standout Ryan Shay.
Notre Dame currently holds several of the top marks in the BIG EAST and the country. Four Irish student-athletes have already set NCAA provisional qualifying marks this season. Kevin Schipper recorded a pole vault mark of 5.20m (17-0 3/4) at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener to become the first Irish competitor on the list. Joanna Schultz clocked in at 53.82 in the women’s 400 meters at the Notre Dame Invitational to add her name to the list, while Lindsey Ferguson ran the women’s mile in 4:45.92 at the Indiana Invitational to qualify for the NCAA meet. Matt Schipper also set an NCAA provisional mark at the Indiana Invitational, clearing a height of 5.20m (17-0 3/4) in the pole vault.
Kevin Schipper (pole vault), Matt Schipper (pole vault) and Ferguson (mile) all hold the top mark in the BIG EAST in their respective events. Denes Veres is the conference’s top shot putter with a mark of 17.60m (57-9), and Jack Howard holds the best BIG EAST 800-meter time at 1:50.57.
The Schippers are tied for 24th in the nation in the pole vault, Schultz holds the 12th-best 400-meter time nationally and Ferguson is ranked 12th in the mile.
Admission to the Meyo Invitational is free and complete results will be available at www.und.com following each day of the meet.