Jan. 27, 2018
By Matt Paras
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Notre Dame Track & Field team finished off the Indiana Relays Saturday afternoon. The Irish won the men’s high jump and tallied a number of top-five finishes on the final day of the meet.
In the infield, Matthew Birzer continued his successful stretch in the high jump. He won the event for the third-consecutive meet in 2018 with a jump of 2.14m, clearing the mark on his third attempt.
Senior Jessica Harris led a group of five Irish runners in the 800m. She finished third overall with a time of 2:07.15. Samantha Murray joined Harris in the top-five when she finished fifth with a time of 2:14.22.
The Irish men and women performed well in the 400m dash as they both earned top-five finishes. Edward Cheatham (50.43) and Zachary Zajdel (50.44) finished second and third overall while Jordan Shead led the women with a fourth place finish (54.73). Grace Cronin set a personal best mark in the 400m with a time of 58.42.
Freshman Andrew Alexander made his first collegiate appearance in the mile for Notre Dame. He led a trio of Irish runners with a time of 4:14.70 and finished sixth overall. Kelly Hart placed eighth in the mile with a time of 5:06.08.
Logan Kusky had another strong showing in the weight throw. After winning the event last weekend, he placed fourth this afternoon with a throw of 19.05m.
Rachel Tanczos recorded a personal best mark for the second straight day at the IU Relays. She hit 17.93m on her fourth attempt in the weight throw, which beat her previous mark of 17.69m that she set last week at the Notre Dame Invitational.
Kassadee Ifft was another Irish athlete to record a top-five finish Saturday afternoon. She finished in a tie for third in the pole vault after she cleared 3.68m on her first attempt.
Notre Dame returns home this week for the annual Meyo Invitational. The two-day event will begin Friday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. ET in the Loftus Sports Center.
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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.