Senior Amber Lalla played a part in three top-two finishes for the Irish sprint group on Saturday at Ohio State.

Irish Women Boost Top Marks On Final Day At Jesse Owens Track Classic

May 2, 2015

Complete Results

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 16th-ranked University of Notre Dame women’s track & field team added a bevy of top finishes to its impressive spring resume to close out what will likely be the final regular season meet for its top performers on Saturday at the Jesse Owens Track Classic at Ohio State.

Led by an elite sprint and hurdle group, the Fighting Irish women snagged three event crowns and several top five finishes to cap the day. Senior Amber Lalla earned her second win of the spring season, logging a PR in the 200 meters in 24.00, just edging teammate Margaret Bamgbose, who finished second in 24.01. Lalla also took second in the 400 meters (53.56) — also a PR and good for ninth in the Atlantic Coast Conference based on results posted to by May 2 — to lead the Irish contingent.

Senior Jade Barber added yet another 100-meter hurdles victory to her name, winning the event in 13.47, while her sister Kaila Barber claimed the title in the 400-meter hurdles event in 58.55, which would place her in fifth place in the conference. The pair also teamed up with Parker English and Bamgbose to take second place in the 4×100-meter relay (44.88).

Junior Danielle Aragon continued her stellar spring and placed third in the 800 meters, though her 2:07.84 didn’t supplant her season best set at the Virginia Challenge in mid-April. In the field, shot-putter Emily Morris matched her 15.40-meter mark set at the Stanford Invitational on April 3, good for fifth in the conference heading into the day. Mary Esther Gourdin also grabbed a top-five finish in the triple jump with a hop of 12.03 meters.

The Fighting Irish men also added a handful of top-five marks, though their top performances were contained to the field. Senior Keith Mesidor placed fourth in the long jump with a jump of 7.19 meters, while Hunter Holton (high jump, 2.01 meters) and Nathan Richartz (pole vault, 4.90 meters) also placed fourth in their assigned events. In the hammer throw, Nicholas Hauser (58.05 meters) and Dominick Padovano (56.32) placed third and fourth, respectively. Hauser’s toss was a season best, though he stayed put at 11th place on the ACC hammer throw list based on marks entering the day.

Notre Dame will have one final meet to boost postseason qualifying marks next Saturday at the GVSU Last Chance Meet in Allendale, Michigan, with the Irish entries participating as needed. The ACC Outdoor Championships will follow in two weeks in Tallahassee, Florida. To keep up with all things Irish track & field, follow@NDXCTF on Twitter and like Notre Dame Cross Country/Track & Field on Facebook.

Jesse Owens Track Classic
May 1 & 2, 2015
Jesse Owens Memorial Track — Ohio State University
Men’s Entries
200 meters
18. Alex Groesch, 22.07
400 meters
8. Alex Groesch, 47.82
17. Harvey Smith, 49.24
Brent Swanberg, DNS
800 meters
10. Eric Gebeke, 1:51.81
12. Grant Koch, 1:52.32
14. Chris Marco, 1:52.70
18. Kirk Hansen, 1:53.49
20. Patrick O’Connell, 1:53.81
22. Andrew Stone, 1:54.04
24. Jacob Dumford, 1:54.33
28. Christopher Quinn, 1:55.36
110-meter hurdles
Brent Swanberg, DNF
400-meter hurdles
Aaron Dunn, DNS
High Jump
T-4. Hunter Holton, 2.01m
Long Jump
4. Keith Mesidor, 7.19m
Pole Vault
4. Nathan Richartz, 4.90m
17. David Schipper, 4.45m
Hammer Throw
3. Nicholas Hauser, 58.05m
4. Dominick Padovano, 56.32m
Anthony Shivers, Foul
1,500 meters
2. Jacob Dumford, 3:46.45
7. Chris Marco, 3:50.35
14. Christopher Quinn, 3:52.97
5,000 meters showcase
10. Kris Moran, 15:06.86
5. Dominick Padovano, 51.57m
Anthony Shivers, Foul
4. Greg Bombara, 58.79m

Women’s Entries
100 meters
5. Parker English, 12.20
6. Margaret Bamgbose, 12.22
7. Jade Barber, 12.29
26. Emily Carson, 12.82
200 meters
1. Amber Lalla, 24.00
2. Margaret Bamgbose, 24.01
6. Parker English, 24.52
19. Payton Miller, 25.33
24. Carly Loeffel, 25.92
25. Rachel Rhodes, 25.99
400 meters
2. Amber Lalla, 53.56
9. Payton Miller, 55.50
12. Jordan Shead, 56.07
800 meters
3. Danielle Aragon, 2:07.84
6. Jamie Marvil, 2:08.98
8. Samantha Murray, 2:09.33
12. Alexis Daugherty, 2:11.48
100-meter hurdles
1. Jade Barber, 13.47
10. Kaila Barber, 14.16
18. Carly Loeffel, 14.81
23. Rachel Rhodes, 15.46
400-meter hurdles
1. Kaila Barber, 58.55
7. Michelle Rotondo, 1:01.14
12. Mikaila Chamblee
Jordan Shead, DNS
4×100-meter relay
2. Notre Dame A, 44.88
Jade Barber, Kaila Barber, Parker English, Margaret Bamgbose
High Jump
9. Rachel Rhodes, 1.60m
16. Carly Loeffel, 1.55m
Long Jump
13. Emily Carson, 5.41m
Triple Jump
5. Mary Esther Gourdin, 12.03m
Pole Vault
15. Kayla Polcari, 3.75m
Shot Put Championship
2. Emily Morris, 15.40m
Hammer Throw
5. Lena Madison, 51.90m
1,500 meters
17. Sydni Meunier, 4:30.12
21. Ashlyn Rambo, 4:34.99
36. Emily Frydrych, 4:44.13
Karen Lesiewicz, DNS
Brett Whalen, Foul
Lena Madison, Foul

Joanne Norell, Media Relations Assistant