Jan. 26, 2018
By Matt Paras
BLOOMINGTON,Ind. — On the first day of the Indiana Relays, the University of Notre Dame Track & Field team performed well and earned a number of spots in the finals set for tomorrow afternoon.
In the 60m hurdles, the Irish had three runners finish in the top-eight and qualified for the finals. Grace Cronin, Naya Sharp and Summer Thorpe will all be in the finals after strong runs in the prelims. Thorpe led the way with a time of 8.64, which was fourth best out of the 19 runners in the event.
In the 60m dash prelims, the Irish had a pair of runners qualify for Saturday’s final. Sharp ran a 7.73, which landed her eighth overall after the prelims. Troy Pride Jr. won his heat by .01 seconds with a time of 6.86 and had the fourth fastest time. Pride Jr. has qualified for the 60m finals in both of his meets this season while Sharp has qualified for the finals for the third-consecutive meet.
Coming off her school-record breaking performance in the 600m last weekend, Jordan Shead led the way for the Irish in the 200m. She was one of six Irish runners in the event and finished with a time of 24.80, which tied her personal best that she set a few weeks prior at the Wolverine Invitational.
In the women’s shot put, senior Indi Jackson hit 15.44m on her final throw to finish third overall. Freshman Rachel Tanczos finished first in her flight and ninth overall with a personal best throw of 14.03m.
Antonio Villegas Jimenez continues to improve each meet in the long jump. He recorded a personal best jump for the fourth straight meet with a mark of 6.87m
Day two of the Indiana Relays will begin tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. ET.
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Matt Paras, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since January 2018. In his role, he coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse and cross country/track & field programs. A native of Warwick, Rhode Island, Paras is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sport Administration. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, he worked at Vanderbilt University as the sports information contact for the women’s soccer and lacrosse programs.