Oct. 13, 2016
By Megan Golden
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s cross country teams will hit the road for their final meets of the regular season on Friday. The men’s team will compete in the Bradley Classic, while the women will travel to Madison, Wisconsin, for the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational.
Women’s Meet: Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational
Location: Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course (Madison, Wisconsin)
Schedule: Women’s 6K Championship: 12:30 p.m. CT
Men’s Meet: Bradley Classic
Location: Newman Golf Course (Peoria, Illinois)
Schedule: Men’s 8K Red Race: 3 p.m. CT
Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational
The No. 28-ranked women’s squad is scheduled to face its most elite competition of the season on Friday. Eighteen of 31 teams in the meet are nationally ranked, including the Irish. Top-ranked Providence and four additional top-10 teams will be competing in Madison.
“The Wisconsin Invitational is the premier regular season cross country meet in the country,” associate head coach Matt Sparks said. “This meet will be a great simulation of what competing at the national meet could be like. The ladies need to take care of business this week to put themselves in a positive position going into the postseason.”
All In The Name
Sophomore Annie Heffernan or sophomore Anna Rohrer has finished first individually in each of the women’s three meets this season. Heffernan, who set a personal record of 16:47.1 in the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational on September 30, was victorious in the first two meets of the season. Rohrer, who placed first in the Joe Piane Invitational, also set a PR (16:11.7) in the meet.
The Notre Dame men’s squad is looking to bounce back from its performance in the Joe Piane Invitational. Despite having a challenging race two weeks ago, Irish sophomore Anthony Williams has two top-three finishes this season.
“The men are coming off a tough meet at home two weeks ago,” Sparks said. “That performance was a big wake-up call for them, and they have had much improved practices and mindset going into the meet at Bradley.”
The Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational will be streamed live on FloTrack’s website. Fans interested in following along must purchase a FloPRO subscription by visiting their website, flotrack.org.
Results from the Bradley Classic will be available at results.chronotrack.com.
Danielle Aragon (Grad. Student)
Rachel DaDamio (Soph.)
Taylor Driscoll (Sr.)
Sydney Foreman (Jr.)
Kaitlin Frei (Jr.)
Annie Heffernan (Soph.)
Sydni Meunier (Grad. Student)
Lexi Pelletier (Sr.)
Anna Rohrer (Soph.)
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.