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Richartz Secures Spot at NCAA Championships

May 26, 2017

By Megan Golden

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Notre Dame track and field team wrapped up Friday’s NCAA East Regional action with one additional ticket punched to Eugene. Nate Richartz’s top-12 finish automatically qualified him for the men’s pole vault finals in June.

On Friday at Kentucky’s Cliff Hagan Stadium, Richartz entered the pole vault at the 5.15m mark and ultimately cleared 5.25m (17-2.75). Richartz finished in the top 12 and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Richartz, a senior, will make his second career trip to the outdoor finals. In 2015 — his last outdoor season — he cleared 5.25m at the NCAA East Regional to advance to the finals, where he vaulted 5.15m in the championship.

Junior Jordan Shead, who owns two career trips to the outdoor championships, just missed qualifying for the next round after advancing to the 400m quarterfinals and recording a time of 1:00.01.

On Thursday, sophomore Anna Rohrer punched her first career ticket to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships after qualifying in the 10,000m. Rohrer, who owns the top women’s collegiate mark in the United States in the 10,000m this season, will be traveling to Eugene with Richartz.

Nine Irish athletes will look to advance in their respective events on Saturday. For more on Thursday’s preliminary results, click here.

Full Schedule (all times ET)

2 p.m. Men’s Discus First Round Anthony Shivers
3 p.m. Men’s High Jump First Round Matthew Birzer, Hunter Holton
6 p.m. Women’s Shot Put First Round Indi Jackson, Abbey Kapitan
6:30 p.m. Women’s 1500m Quarterfinal Dani Aragon, Jessica Harris
6:45 p.m. Men’s 1500m Quarterfinal Jacob Dumford
8:05 p.m. Women’s 5000m Semifinal Anna Rohrer

Meet Coverage

The NCAA East Regionals will be streamed live by the NCAA beginning at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday. Live results are available here.

For a closer, behind-the-scenes look at the Irish track and field program, follow @NDXCTF on Twitter.


Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse and cross country/track and field programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary’s College and former Irish women’s basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.