January 23, 1999

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – A week after Notre Dame pole vaulter Mike Brown qualified for the NCAA Championships, junior Marshaun West (Sikeston, Mo.) set a school record and provisionally qualified for the 1999 NCAA Championships with a leap of 25-6 3/4 at the Red Simmons Invitational hosted by the University of Michigan.

West broke James Patterson’s previous record of 25-5 set in 1985 en route to winning the long jump competition. West’s win was the only one of the day for the Irish in the non-team scoring invitational. Runner-up finishes, however, went to Notre Dame’s Jay Hofner (Wheaton, Ill.) in the 35-pound weight throw (54-8 1/2), Terry Wray (Brandon, Miss.) in the 400 meters (1:21.85), Tim Kober (Gillette, N.J.) in the 800 meters (1:53.55) and Bobby Brown (Lauderhill, Fla.) in the 200-meter dash (22.15).

The Notre Dame men’s track and field team will host Indiana next Friday, January 29 at the Meyo indoor track, with the throwing events beginning at 6 p.m.