Jan. 16, 2016
Results: PDFBy Ashley Albertson
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – With a goal to dust off after a holiday hiatus from competition, the Notre Dame track and field team took on the Wisconsin Badgers Saturday afternoon in Madison, Wisconsin. Overall, the Fighting Irish posted wins in nine events; however, Wisconsin secured a slight 73-62 point advantage in women’s events and an 80-45 point differential in the men’s competition.
Heading into the meet, Notre Dame head coach Alan Turner predicted junior Anthony Shivers would have a standout performance. The Salem, Ohio native did not disappoint, setting a personal-best mark of 19.60 meters in weight throw. Followed by teammate Nick Hauser (17.95), Shivers claimed a dominating first in the event.
“It was definitely a highlight for us,” Turner said. “Anthony (Shivers) had a pretty good winter break in terms of training. He is going to have an awesome year.
“We were not expecting a lot of fireworks from this first meet back,” Turner continued. “However, whenever someone does something well, like Shivers, it a sign for great things for the rest of the year. The effort was there and they had a competitive fire, especially on the women’s side.”
The Notre Dame women flexed their muscle in the 200-meter dash. Fueled by a first-place showing from standout Margaret Bamgbose (24.79), the Irish dominated the podium with sophomore Parker English (24.88) and Kyla Lewis (25.20) earning second and third, respectively.
Notre Dame also swept the women’s 400-meter dash event, with sophomore Jordan Shead leading the way in a time of 57.62. Shead’s classmate Payton Miller claimed the runner-up spot in 58.90, while senior Mikaila Chamblee finished with a mark of 1:00.46. On the men’s side, junior Harvey Smith placed second in 49.99.
Junior Alex Groesch earned a pair of top-three finishes. The St. Louis, Missouri product placed first in the 200-meter dash (22.38) and third in the 60-meter dash (7.11).
Emily Carson and Carly Loeffel represented the Irish with first- and second-place marks in the women’s long jump. Carson, a junior from Haddonfield, New Jersey, posted a finals distance of 5.84 meters, while Loeffel, a graduate student from Cary, Illinois, earned 5.58 meters. The women’s triple jump also went in favor of the Irish, with Notre Dame junior Taylor Craft placing first (11.50m).
The meet concluded with the running of the 4×400-meter relay.
The Notre Dame women’s quartet of English, Miller, Shead and Bamgbose blew away the Badgers in a time of 3:49.04. Wisconsin’s contingent followed with a time of 3:59.49.
The Irish men’s crew – Eric Ways, John Rutkowski, Smith and Groesch – registered a time of 3:20.49 for another decisive first-place showing. Wisconsin once again trailed, this time with a time of 3:24.44.
2. Ashlyn Rambo (5:14.95)
1. Parker English (7.71)
1. Jordan Shead (57.62)
2. Taylor Craft (8.93)
2. Samantha Murray (1:34.06)
1. Margaret Bamgbose (24.79)
1. English, Miller, Shead, Bamgbose (3:49.04)
3. Carly Loeffel (1.68m)
1. Emily Carson (5.84m)
3. Lena Madison (17.81m)
4. Josephine Jackson (14.11m)
4. Libby Schichtel (3.38m)
1. Taylor Craft (11.50m)
3. Alex Groesch (7.11)
2. Harvey Smith (49.99)
6. Brent Swanberg (8.54)
4. Andrew Stone (1:23.88)
1. Alex Groesch (22.38)
3. Grant Koch (2:31.45)
1. Ways, Rutowski, Smith, Groesch (3:20.59)
1. Anthony Shivers (19.60m)
3. Brent Swanberg (6.53m)
2. Daniel Hardiman (15.03m)
2. Matthew Birzer (2.04m)
2. Brent Swanberg (13.18m)
The Fighting Irish will host the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday, January 23.
Ashley Albertson, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, joined the Fighting Irish athletics communications team in August of 2015 and coordinates communications efforts for the Notre Dame men’s basketball, men’s lacrosse and cross country/track and field programs. Albertson is a 2013 graduate of The Ohio State University, where she also earned her master’s degree in 2014.