March 31, 2016
By Lizzie Mikes
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame track & field program is headed to Palo Alto, California, to compete in the Stanford Invitational this Friday and Saturday.
The meet will be held at Cobb Track and Angell Field. The meet will start at 9 a.m. PT on both days. Flotrack will broadcast the Stanford Invite, with total coverage both days of the event. Live results will be available via Stanford’s main stats website.
“After this weekend, and next week at Arizona State, I will have a better outlook,” Irish head coach Alan Turner said. “The women should be in a great position to challenge for the ACC team title and get a large number qualified for the NCAA East Regional, and hopefully NCAAs. As for the men, this will continue to be a rebuilding process of getting better and moving out of the middle of the pack in the ACC. The men are a little thin at the moment due to injury, but hopefully as we heal we will progress within the next few weeks.
“Danielle Aragon and Jessica Harris will make their outdoor season debuts in the 800m,” Turner continued, “along with Jamie Marvil. That group were first team All-Americans in the indoor distance medley relay three weeks ago. I am expecting each of them to run very well. Anthony Shivers will compete in the hammer throw, and he should be able to continue the success he had in the indoor weight throw.”
In the preseason poll released by the U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the Notre Dame women rank 15th in the national standings. Among Atlantic Coast Conference schools, they are second only to Florida State, who ranks 14th. Four ACC women’s teams rank in the top 25, with Virginia Tech in 18th and Miami, 21st. The Cardinal women’s team is ranked 13th in the same poll.
On the men’s side, the Cardinal rank 12th, with the Irish men’s team not ranked.
IRISH IN THE TOP 50
Three individuals and one relay team have registered Top 50 times in Division I competition thus far this season, according to the Track & Field Reporting System (www.TFRRS.org). Graduate Student Kaila Barber has the highest rank among the three, standing second in women’s 100m hurdles with her 13.04 time from the Yellow Jacket Invitational last weekend. She is also sixth in the 400m event (57.53). Rachel DaDamio holds the 24th-best time in the 1500m (4:24.85), while Jordan Shead posted the 36th-best mark in 400m hurdles (1:00.04).
In addition, the women’s 4x400m relay team of Shead, Barber, Payton Miller and Parker English hold the 10th-highest time, 3:37.96, also ran at the Yellow Jacket Invitational.
LAST TIME OUT
The Fighting Irish sent several representatives to two different meets March 25-26. A small group competed at the Raleigh Relays, hosted by North Carolina State, with a larger contingent racing at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, hosted by Georgia Tech.
In Atlanta, Barber won both the 100m (13.04) and 400m (57.53) hurdles events, for the top finish of any Irish runner at either meet. For her efforts, Barber was named the ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Week on March 29th.
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Lizzie Mikes serves as Media Services Coordinator at the University of Notre Dame. A 2013 graduate of Johnson & Wales University, she oversees credential management and is the athletic communications director for Fighting Irish men’s and women’s swimming and diving and track and field. She has assisted with numerous NCAA postseason events hosted by Notre Dame, and is heavily involved in the day-to-day tasks of the athletic communications office.