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Irish Wrap Wolverine Invitational

Jan. 13, 2018

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By Megan Golden

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Notre Dame track and field team concluded action at the Wolverine Invitational with several noteworthy performances on Saturday.

Notre Dame’s day on the track was highlighted by Samantha Murray’s first-place finish in the 600m as she recorded a time of 1:36.31. Crossing the finish line just behind Murray was Erin Sullivan (1:37.07), who came in third in her first collegiate 600m. Elijah Silva (1:21.90) led the Irish men in the 600m, placing seventh.

In the finals of the 60m dash, Kyla Lewis finished fifth (7.64), and Jernaya Sharp tied for seventh (7.73). Grace Cronin recorded fifth place in the 60m hurdles finals with a time of 8.74, just .03 away from her personal record.

Payton Miller was the top Irish finisher in the 400m, running to third and a time of 57.22. Miller was followed closely by fifth-place sprinter Ally Bartoszewicz, who recorded a 57.39 mark.

In the 200m dash, Jordan Shead led seven Irish women’s sprinters with third place (24.80). Shead was followed by Summer Thorpe (6th, 25.28) and Madysen Hunter (8th, 25.36). Zachary Zajdel finished fourth in the men’s 200m with a time of 22.37.

In her first mile as an Irish athlete, Annasophia Keller recorded a time of 5:01.53, which was good for 10th overall. The Notre Dame duo of Brian Griffith and Kevin Salvano finished back-to-back with times of 4:17.77 and 4:17.85, respectively.

The day’s track events wrapped up with the 4x400m relays. The Irish placed third (3:47.94) as a squad in the women’s relay behind a strong showing from Bartoszewicz, Miller, Hunter and Shead. The men’s relay squad of Edward Cheatham, Patrick O’Mara, Zajdel and Clayton Goldman also came in third with a time of 3:22.08.

Matthew Birzer‘s 2.13m jump in the high jump helped him to first place, while Hunter Holton secured third place with a 2.03m jump.

Libby Parsons finished fourth overall in the women’s high jump, coming .07 shy of her personal record with a 1.58m jump. Kassadee Ifft and McKenna Caskey tied for fifth in the pole vault, each with a 3.45m finish.

In the shot put, Indi Jackson (14.43m) and Abbey Kapitan (14.14m) placed second and third, respectively. Kapitan followed that performance with a 17.80m throw and fourth place in the weight throw.

On the men’s side, Logan Kusky was victorious in the weight throw, posting an 18.48m toss in the event. John Stefan (15.26m) and Shae Watkins (15.25m) finished fifth and sixth in the shot.

Notre Dame’s exciting freshman long-jumper Antonio Villegas finished fourth in the event with a personal-best 6.73 mark.

Spotlight: Irish Around the World

Irish graduate student Nate Richartz, who has one remaining outdoor season of eligibility, vaulted to a personal-best 18-4 (5.58m) at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada, on Friday evening. The mark currently ranks seventh-best in the world and will propel Richartz towards the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships from Feb. 16-18.

“The energy and exciting environment here at the pole vault summit made all the difference,” Richartz said. “I was not expecting to jump this high this early, but I’m absolutely ecstatic that it happened. It’s a great feeling to see the work I’ve put in during the preseason manifested at a meet.”

In the Great Edinburgh Cross Country women’s 6K, alumna Molly Seidel led all American runners with a third-place finish and a time of 21:04.

Two future Irish also were representing America in Scotland in the junior men’s 6K. Danny Kilrea finished first among all American runners, recording fourth place and a 19:24 mark. Fellow incoming freshman Dylan Jacobs was the third American finisher, placing ninth overall with a 19:49 mark.

“Danny and Dylan did a great job of representing team USA this weekend,” Irish assistant coach Sean Carlson said. “It is great experience to help continue preparing them for racing in the Notre Dame jerseys next year.”

Coming Up Next

Notre Dame returns to action at 10 a.m. ET on Jan. 20, when it hosts the Notre Dame Invitational at Loftus Sports Center.

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Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame baseball and women’s soccer programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary’s College and former Irish women’s basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.