March 2, 2002
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame track and field team concluded competition in the 2002 Alex Wilson Invitational on Saturday in the Loftus Sports Center. The meet, which does not feature team scoring, featured athletes representing 77 schools from across the country as well as many accomplished non-collegiate competitors.
The men’s portion of the meet was highlighted by the one-mile run. The race featured many of the nation’s top milers and produced five runners that posted provisional qualifying times for the NCAA Championship meet. The race was won by Notre Dame senior Luke Watson. Watson’s time of 4:01.16, which provisionally qualifies him for the NCAA Championships, topped his previous career best by more than nine seconds. The time was also the eighth-fastest mile by a collegiate runner this year. Watson has also posted the second fastest 3,000-meter time in the country this year.
Other highlights from Saturday included freshman Dwight Ellick, who placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.61 seconds, a new personal best. Quill Redwine also took second-place honors, finishing the high jump with a height of 2.00 meters (6′ 6.75″). Freshman Selim Nurudeen finished in third place in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 7.95 seconds, one-tenth of a second faster than his previous best.
Watson joined Friday night’s NCAA Championship provisional qualifier Todd Mobley, who posted a provisional time in the 5,000 meter run.
The Alex Wilson Invitational was the last regular-season indoor meet for Notre Dame and was one of the best ‘last chance meets’ in the nation, as teams and individual runners from around the country took one last shot at making the field at the NCAA Championships, to be held next weekend (March 8 & 9) in Fayetteville, Ark. Automatic qualifiers are assured of a spot in the meet, and a meet committee will decide which provisional qualifiers will compete. A complete listing of the competitors who have qualified for the NCAA Championship meet both automatically and provisionally, as well as their best times, is available through www.ncaachampionships.com.