Junior Jessica Rydberg placed 25th in the women's blue 5K race on Friday at the Notre Dame Invitational.

Notre Dame Cross Country Claims Pair Of Victories At The National Catholic Championships

Sept. 16, 2011

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1. Men’s JV Race Results
2. Women’s JV Race Results
3. Men’s 5 Mile Race Results
4. Men’s Non-Div. I Results
5. Women’s 5K Race Results
6. Women’s Non-Div. I Results

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Junior Jessica Rydberg won the women’s 5K race and sophomore Martin Grady finished second in the men’s five mile race to power the Notre Dame women’s and men’s cross country squads to a pair of victories at the 32nd annual National Catholic Championships on Friday afternoon at the Notre Dame Cross Country Course.

Rydberg’s time (17:16) was the fastest since Notre Dame’s JoAnna Deeter ran 16:52 in 1999. It’s also the third-fastest time in the meet’s history. She is the ninth straight Notre Dame women’s runner to win the meet.

The Pinetop, Ariz., native was followed by sophomore Alexa Aragon (2nd, 17:24), senior Molly Hirt (5th, 17:31), junior Rebecca Tracy (6th, 17:33) and sophomore Kelly Curran (7th, 17:34) in the scoring column.

The Irish women outdistanced the field as eight of the first 13 runners to cross the finish line, including six of 10, wore Notre Dame blue and gold. The team finished with 22 total points. Runner-up Dayton finished 39 points behind the Irish at 61 points.

The Irish women have won 18 times out of the last 20 years, including 10 straight years.

Grady led a pack of six Irish men’s runners in the top 10, to help the Irish score a meet-low 28 points. They outdistanced the next closest competitor, Marquette, by 60 points.

Following Grady were a pack of runners including sophomore Walter Schafer (24:44), senior Kelly Lynch (24:47), sophomore DJ Thornton (24:52) and sophomore Patrick Lesiewicz (24:59).

The Notre Dame men won for the third straight year and for the 20th time in the last 24 years.

The Irish also claimed individual victories in the JV races, as freshman Katherine Stultz won the women’s 5K race in 18:07, and senior Thomas Pesch won the men’s five mile race in 25:44.

In all four freshman women and two freshman men competed in their first National Catholic Championships.

“We wanted to come out aggressive and remain in control and we did,” said women’s head coach Tim Connelly. “We did what we were supposed to do. We are still training, so we expect to continue to improve as the year goes along.”

“We competed well, but we will have to get much better to compete in the races later in the year,” said men’s head coach Joe Piane.

The Irish return to action in two weeks when they play host to the adidas Notre Dame Invitational, which has been run since 1956 on the men’s side and 1987 on the women’s side. Last year the men finished seventh, while the women placed 18th.

Men’s 5 Mile Race – Team
1. Notre Dame 28 Points
Men’s 5 Mile Race – Individual
2. Martin Grady 24:35
4. Walter Schafer 24:44
6. Kelly Lynch 24:47
7. DJ Thornton 24:52
9. Patrick Lesiewicz 24:59
10. Joe Miller 25:02
18. Jake Kildoo 25:12
43. JP Malette 25:44
Women’s 5K Race – Team
1. Notre Dame 22 Points
Women’s 5K Race – Individual
1. Jessica Rydberg 17:16
3. Alexa Aragon 17:24
5. Molly Hirt 17:31
6. Rebecca Tracy 17:33
7. Kelly Curran 17:34
9. Susanna Sullivan 17:40
11. Emily Frydrych 17:48
14. Rachel Velarde 17:55
27. Gabby Gonzales 18:26
Men’s JV Race – Individual
1. Thomas Pesch 25.43.5
2. Jeff MacMillan 25:44.3
5. Jack Seeberg 26:17.5
7. Kevin Jacobs 26:22.0
8. Patrick Smith 26:26.6
9. Ryan Nichols 26:29.6
11. Chris Quinn 26:46.0
14. Michael Tripp 26:57.4
Women’s JV Race – Individual
1. Katherine Stultz 18:06.7
2. Allison Schroeder 18:15.4
4. Angela Ryck 18:29.1
5. Michelle Mowry 18:37.8
6. Elizabeth Andruszkiewicz 18:37.9
7. Katie Moran 18:44.5
12. Megan Heeder 18:58.8
13. Ryan Russ 19:01.3
19. Colleen Wade 19:17.7