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Keys To The Meet: NCAA Championships

March 10, 2017

By Megan Golden

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The University of Notre Dame track and field team will have student-athletes competing in four events at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on Friday and Saturday.

Notre Dame arrived in College Station on Wednesday with two days to practice at Texas A&M’s indoor facility, which features a banked track.

Six student-athletes are scheduled to compete for the Irish, including seniors Nathan Richartz and Jamie Marvil, juniors Jessica Harris and Payton Miller and sophomores Anna Rohrer and Kelly Hart. Junior Ashlyn Rambo will serve as the team’s alternate.

WHAT: NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
WHEN: Friday, March 10 – Saturday, March 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET
WHERE: Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium (College Station, Texas)
LIVE STREAM: ESPN3 (see below for more)

Notre Dame’s Meet Schedule (all times ET)

6:30 p.m. Women’s Mile
6:30 p.m. Men’s Pole Vault
9:00 p.m. Women’s 5K
9:40 p.m. Women’s DMR

ACC Championships Recap

Notre Dame hosted the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships from February 23-25 at Loftus Sports Center. The Irish women finished fifth overall, while the men’s squad placed ninth.

The DMR squad featured Marvil, Miller, Harris and Hart. The foursome recorded a time of 11:02.32 at the ACC Championships and rounded out the top-12 teams making the trip to College Station.

Harris also won the mile at the conference meet, setting a personal record and turning in the eighth-best time in the country with a 4:33.80 mark.

Rohrer finished first in the 5K two weeks ago, racing in a time of 15:38.11 and sliding into the fifth spot in the national rankings.

Richartz, who finished third at the ACC Championships, will represent the men’s squad at nationals. Richartz broke his own school record with a 5.50m jump at the Tiger Paw Invitational at Clemson earlier this season.

Notre Dame has won 356 conference titles, including 33 team championships and 323 individual championships. The Irish own a combined 12 indoor and outdoor men’s and women’s individual ACC titles with four belonging to graduate student Molly Seidel.

National Championship Experience

Five of Notre Dame’s six student-athletes have competed in a national championship in either cross country or track and field. The national meet marks the first of Hart’s career.

Richartz will compete in the third national championship meet of his career. Last year, he finished eighth in the pole vault (5.35m) at indoors, and at the outdoor meet in 2015, he placed 14th (5.15m).

After placing third in the NCAA Cross Country Championships 6K, Rohrer will try to win her first national title in the 5K race. Rohrer is making her fourth appearance at a national championship and second at the indoor meet. She previously has finished third (2016; 19:44.5) and sixth (2015; 19:59.6) at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and fourth (2016; 15:54.53) at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Harris and Marvil raced with the women’s DMR at the indoor meet in 2016. The squad came in sixth place (11:01.86) overall.

Harris also raced in the women’s DMR in 2015, finishing in eighth place with a time of 11:15.96.

Miller ran in the 4x400m relay at the 2016 outdoor meet, where the team recorded a time of 3:31.95.

Notre Dame owns 23 individual national titles.

One Year Ago

The Notre Dame women’s team placed fifth overall, the highest finish in program history.

Seidel won titles in the 3K and the 5K on back-to-back days, marking the third and fourth national championships of her career. Kaila Barber finished sixth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.07, and Margaret Bamgbose ran the 400m in 52.12, landing in fifth place overall.

Live Coverage

Live coverage begins on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3. The meet will continue to be streamed live on ESPN3 at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday. ESPN2 will stream the meet on a tape delay beginning at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday.

For a closer look at the Irish track and field program, follow @NDXCTF on Twitter.


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 women’s lacrosse and cross country/track and field 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.