June 9, 2005
Sacramento, Calif. – Junior distance runner Stephanie Madia and senior hurdler Selim Nurudeen advanced to the finals of their respective events to highlight activity by Notre Dame athletes on Wednesday, the first day of the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, California.
A total of nine Irish athletes will compete this weekend, including seven female and two male competitors. Four were in action on Wednesday.
Madia finished third in her qualifying heat of the women’s 5,000 meters and Nurudeen placed third in his qualifying heat of the men’s 110-meter high hurdles before making the final with the eighth-fastest time of the nine finalists.
Madia’s time of 16:14.59 was just shy of her career-best of 16:14.30 set earlier this season at the Stanford Invitational. She advances to the final with the third-fastest qualifying mark of the field. The final of the 5,000 is set for Sunday night at 8:10 p.m. Pacific Time (10:10 p.m. in South Bend).
The first two rounds of the men’s 110-meter high hurdles were held on Wednesday to set up the field for the nine-man final slated to go at 7:55 PST (9:55 p.m. South Bend time) on Friday and Nurudeen will be in that race. He advanced to the semi-finals with the 10th-fastest time of 18 qualifiers overall as he posted a time of 13.91 seconds, then managed to snare a spot in the final with a clocking of 13.85 in the semi-finals later Wednesday evening.
In the women’s 100-meter dash, an injured Maryann Erigha did not advance to the semi-finals after clocking a time of 12.23 seconds in her preliminary heat. In the women’s 400, Okechi Ogbuokiri also did not advance after running a time of 53.73 in her preliminary heat while placing fourth in her race.
In Thursday’s action, Emily Loomis is slated to compete in the qualifying rounds of the women’s high jump beginning at 3 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (5 p.m. South Bend time). Maryann Erigha is slated to compete in the preliminary heats of the women’s 200-meter dash (prelims at 5:50 p.m. PST), Kerry Meagher will run in the preliminaries of the women’s 1,500 meters (8 p.m. PST), Kaleb Van Ort will run in the finals of the men’s 10,000 meters (9:20 p.m .PST) and Lauren King will compete in the finals of the women’s 10,000 meters (10 p.m. PST).
Results will be posted at und.com late Thursday night. For live results, go to: www.ncaasports.com/track-and-field/results/outdoor/2005/div1/finals/0609