March 22, 2018
By Matt Paras
NOTRE DAME, Indiana ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” A group of nine Irish distance runners are heading south to Nashville, Tenn. this weekend for their first meet of the outdoor season. The group will compete in the Black and Gold Invitational on the campus of Vanderbilt University. The two-day meet starts Friday afternoon at 5 pm ET.
WHAT: Black and Gold Invitational
WHEN: March 23-24, 2018
WHERE: Vanderbilt Track and Field Complex (Nashville, Tenn.)
LIVE RESULTS: Live Results
The Irish will be represented in the men’s and women’s 1500m run Friday night. Andrew Alexander, Vincent Zona, Sean Kurdy, and Connor Sheryak will run on the men’s side while Stephanie Knight will be running on the women’s side. The women’s race is set to start at 7 pm ET and the men will be right after at 7:30pm.
On Saturday, Kurdy, Dustin Macuiba, and Anthony Williams are scheduled to run in the 2000m steeplechase starting at 1:30pm. The 2000m steeplechase has 18 barriers and five water jumps over the course of the race.
To close out Saturday’s event for the Irish, Matt Fraizer and Erin Sullivan will compete in the 800m. Sullivan ran at the ACC Championships in the 800m and she finished 18th overall with a 2:13.58. The women’s race is scheduled to begin at 3:15pm and the men are to follow at 3:30pm.
Following the Black and Gold Invitational, the Irish will split up next weekend at the Stanford Invitational and Raleigh Relays. Both meets will be two-days and start on Friday March 30.
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.