April 7, 2001
Notre Dame, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s track and field team placed second Saturday with 174 points at the Spring Opener at Moose Krause Stadium on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Western Michigan was first with 202 points, followed by Notre Dame, Miami (132) and Michigan State (119).
On a day where winds were gusting in excess of 30 miles per hour, Notre Dame won five events, highlighted by senior Ryan Shay taking first in the 5,000 meters. Shay, the 2000 BIG EAST Champion in the event, ran a winning time of 14:43.51. Shay was also third in the 1,500 meters in a time of 3:58.27.
Junior Quill Redwine was first in the high jump with a career-best leap of 2.10 meters (6-10 3/4). Redwine shattered his previous career best of 6-7 set at last year’s BIG EAST Championship meet.
Seniors Travis Davey and Matt O’Brien also claimed victories today in the 100-meter dash and the javelin, respectively. Davey, who was sixth in the 100 at the 2000 BIG EAST meet, took first with a time of 11.07. Davey also placed second in the 200 meters at 22.59.
O’Brien threw a career best in the javelin today with a toss of 58.18 (190-10), bettering his previous high of 189-10 set at last year’s Spring Opener. Notre Dame’s Mike Madigan was second in the javelin at 187-11, also a career-best. Madigan bested his previous career high of 177-11 by almost 10 feet.
Freshman Napoleon Suarez was the fifth winner for the Irish today claiming the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 53.75.
In addition to Madigan, the 4×100 relay team was second (41.83), as was junior pole vaulter Josh Heck, who leaped 4.72 meters (15-6).
The Notre Dame men are next in action next Friday and Saturday (April 13-14) at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn.
Note: Due to technical difficulties, complete results will nto be available until Monday afternoon.