March 31, 2018
By Matt Paras
The Notre Dame track and field team finished up the final days of the Stanford Invitational and Raleigh Relays on Saturday. The Irish picked up another win in Stanford along with personal-best marks to conclude the weekend.
Graduate student Nathan Richartz was back in the infield on Saturday, competing in his second pole vault event of the outdoor season. Richartz kept up his strong start to the season when he placed first overall in the event after clearing 5.55m (18-02.50). His best vault ended up half a meter higher than the second-place finisher.
Jacob Dumford added another personal record to his outdoor season debut on Saturday. Competing in the 800m, he finished eighth overall with a 1:50.72. Sophomore Matt Fraizer also recorded a personal-best time in the 800m. He finished 29th with a 1:53.41, beating his old mark by almost four seconds.
Senior Jessica Harris also made her outdoor season debut this weekend. Harris was the top Irish finisher in the women’s 800m, placing fifth with a 2:07.24. This is her second career top-five finish at the Stanford Invitational. Last season, she finished third overall in the 800m.
Edward Cheatham joined Dumford by setting his second personal-best time of the weekend in Paolo Alto. Cheatham ran a personal-best 22.42 in the 200m dash to claim 22nd overall. Zachary Zajdel led the men’s squad in the 200m dash, finishing a few spots ahead of Cheatham in 20th (22.21).
The women’s 4x400m relay team of Allison Bartoszewicz, Payton Miller, Summer Thorpe and Jordan Shead tallied their second runner-up finish in the event this season. They placed second behind Stanford with a 3:40.33. The relay team shaved half a second off their time from the Hurricane Invitational when they finished second behind Miami (3:40.86).
In the final event of the meet from the infield, freshman Rachel Tanczos turned in a top-10 finish in the collegiate discus throw. The Daniellesville, Penn. finished sixth with a personal-best mark of 45.70m (149-11). She beat her previous mark from the Hurricane Invitational by over five meters.
Sophomore Anthony Williams was the lone Irish runner to compete on Saturday in Raleigh. He ran in the third and final section of the 10000m and finished with a 31:20.29. Williams placed 81st overall in the event as Kevin Salvano was the top Irish finisher. He ran Friday night in the second section and placed 46th overall.
Notre Dame will return to campus before heading out west again next weekend. The Irish are set to compete in the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The two-day meet will begin Friday afternoon and conclude on Saturday.
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.