Feb. 5, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s track and field teams saw some of the nation’s best performances at the Meyo Invitational Saturday at the Loftus Sports Center in Notre Dame, Ind. Sophomore Jeremy Rae (Fort Erie, Ontario/Lakeshore Catholic) ran the ever-popular Meyo Mile in 3:59.62, the fourth fastest time in the nation.
The Meyo Invitational welcomed 36 men’s teams and 47 women’s team to the Loftus Sports Center, many waiting for arguably the best mile race in the country, the Meyo Mile. The men’s mile hit the halfway point at approximately 2:01, making the sub-4:00 minute mile goal slightly more difficult, having to make up time in the second half of the race. Rae did just that. The sophomore BIG EAST Track Athlete of the Week ran approximately 58.9 in his final 400 meters to finish the Meyo Mile in 3:59.62, the fourth-fastest time in the nation.
The women’s Meyo Mile didn’t disappoint as Rebecca Addison of Michigan ran 4:40.62 to log the second-fastest women’s mile time in the nation.
The Meyo Invitational saw a field house record fall as Alabama’s Kirani James ran the 400-meter dash in 45.47 to automatically qualify for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. That time is also the fastest time in the world to date this season.
In the men’s high jump, Ricky Robertson of Mississippi automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Robertson jumped 2.24m to win the event.
The Irish return to action Friday, Feb. 19 and Saturday, Feb. 20 at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships in Akron, Ohio.
Notre Dame Women’s Results
3,000-Meter Run – Marissa Treece was the ninth-place finisher in 10:09.04.
Mile Run – Alexa Aragon finished in fifth place in 4:56.75, followed by Kelly Curran in 10th place (5:02.27).
400-Meter Dash – Jaclyn Winkel finished 30th in 57.75, followed by Ann Marie Kelly in 42nd place in 58.64. Sasha Blanchard finished 55th in 59.34.
800-Meter Run – McKinzie Schulz was the seventh-place finisher in 2:13.36, followed by Allison Schroeder and Kelly Langhans in 17th (2:15.40) and 19th (2:15.61). Angela Ryck finished 51st in 2:20.95 and Elizabeth Andruszkiewicz finished 53rd in 2:21.10. 200-Meter Dash – Aijah Urssery was the 10th-place finisher in 25.35.
Triple Jump – Jasmine Williams finished in 12th place (11.98m) and Kelly Burke finished in 15th place (11.80m). Lauren Leniart was the 36th-place finisher, jumping 10.69m.
Meyo Mile – Rebecca Tracy ran to a fourth-place finish in 4:44.31.
400-Meter Dash – Michelle Brown finished in ninth place in 56.73.
3,000-Meter Run – Meg Ryan finished in eighth place, running 9:43.02 and Molly Hirt finished 13th (10:11.77).
1,600-Meter Relay – Notre Dame `A’ (Winkel, Johnson, Langhans, Brown) finished 16th in 3:52.56.
Notre Dame Men’s Results
3,000-Meter Run – Paul Springer finished 14th (8:36.53) and Jeff MacMillan finished in 23rd place in 8:53.44.
800-Meter Run – Zac Suriano finished in 10th place (1:54.22).
High Jump – Doug Onuscheck finished in 16th place (1.97m).
1,600-Meter Relay – Notre Dame `A’ (Hitchler, Buchanon, Dougherty, Feeney) finished in fifth place in 3:15.24.