January 28, 1999

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete against Indiana in an indoor dual meet at the Meyo track in the Loftus Center Complex. Field events will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the women’s 20-pound weight throw, while the running events will start at 7:00 p.m. with the women’s 600-meter run.

The Irish have competed in two meets so far this season, at the Purdue/Boiler Open and the Red Simmons Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich. last weekend. This year’s men’s squad is led by senior pole vaulter Mike Brown (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), who has already provisionally qualified for the 1999 NCAA Indoor Championships. Junior Marshaun West (Sikeston, Mo.) also provisionally qualified for the NCAAs last week with a record-setting mark of 25-6 3/4 in the long jump. West will compete in the long jump, triple jump and 200-meter dash versus Indiana. The Notre Dame women are led by senior hurdler and middle distance runner Nadia Schmiedt (London, Ont.) and freshman thrower Dore DeBartolo (Aurora, Ill.), who has won two of the four events she has entered so far this season.

On the Indiana side, junior Russell Brooks provisionally qualified in the 60-meter dash with his time of 6.72 in the Hoosier’s meet with Tennessee and Ohio State last weekend. The Hoosier men will also look to junior Kurt Krick, the defending Big Ten indoor shot put champion, to pick up some points for them at the meet.

The Irish will again face tough competition on the women’s side as Indiana continues to turn in impressive performances. In their only meet so far this year, the Hoosiers beat Ohio State 85-73. Among Indiana’s seven first-place finishes were sophomore Jennifer Brown’s school record toss of 57-7 1/2 in the 20-pound weight throw and freshman Krista Keir’s NCAA provisional qualifying toss of 49-11 3/4 in the shot put. Junior Angela McGregor cleared 10 feet to win the pole vault, and sophomore Lorraine Dunlop placed first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.50.

Last year, the Notre Dame men defeated the Hoosiers 85-77 in dual meet action, while the Notre Dame women lost 92-67.