Jan. 16, 2009
NOTRE DAME, ind. – Senior Mary Saxer broke the Loftus Sports Center pole vault record she set two years ago with a vault of 4.06m at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener Friday evening.
Other members of the Irish track and field squads found success at the Opener, with many Notre Dame runners and throwers setting BIG EAST qualifying marks.
Women’s Long Jump: Notre Dame took three of the top five spots, with Maddie Buttinger leading the way with a mark of 5.37m. Jaime Minor finished second with a jump of 5.34m, and Jasmine Williams finished fifth with a mark 5.16m.
Men’s Long Jump: Eric Quick edged out DePaul’s Joseph Strawder to take the top spot. Quick qualified for the BIG EAST Championships and recorded a mark of 7.00m, just ahead of Strawder’s 6.84m. Loyola’s Jamar Johnson was third with a jump of 6.20m.
Women’s High Jump: Western Michigan took the top three spots, with Alexis Brown topping the list with a mark of 1.60m.
Men’s High Jump: Hillsdale’s Andrew Dodson edged out Doug Onuscheck and Justin Schneider to take the top spot with a jump of 2.01m. Onuscheck and Schneider both jumped 1.96m, qualifying for the BIG EAST meet.
Women’s Triple Jump: Jamie Minor took the top spot with a jump of 10.74m, edging out Western Michigan’s Brandy Whitaker and Leya Munwam and Loyola’s Natalie LeFlore.
Men’s Pole Vault: Kevin Schipper topped his older brother, Matt, to take the top spot with a vault of 4.95m. Matt finished second with a mark of 4.65m. Andrew Kolbeck finished fourth with a vault of 4.35m, followed by Justin Schneider in fifth at 4.35m, Brian Mahon in sixth with a mark of 4.20m and Jim Merchun in seventh with a vault of 4.20m. Kevin and Matt Schipper, along with Kolbeck and Schneider qualified for the BIG EAST Championships.
Women’s Weight Throw: Western Michigan’s Irene Cooper took first with a throw of 19.66m. Anna Weber finished second with a BIG EAST qualifying mark of 19.36m. Rudy Atang finished 12th with a throw of 12.36m.
Men’s Weight Throw: Greg Davis won the weight throw with a mark of 17.71m. Denes Veres finished fifth with a throw of 15.94m, while John Belcher was eighth with a mark of 15.58m and Jeff Mensch was ninth with 15.09m. Andrew Hills finished 10th with a mark of 14.14m. Davis, Veres, Belcher and Mensch qualified for the BIG EAST Championships.
Women’s Shot Put: Jaclyn Espinoza won the event with a throw of 13.16m. Rudy Atang finished seventh with a mark of 12.23m, Alyissa Hasan was eighth with 12.01m and Maddie Buttinger was 12th with a toss of 10.32m.
Men’s Shot Put: John Belcher top the results with a throw of 16.86m, followed by Andrew Hills in second with a mark of 16.79m. Denes Veres finished fourth with a throw of 15.19m, while Greg Davis was sixth at 14.65m and Just Schneider was 10th with a mark of 11.88m.
Women’s 60m Hurdles: Alyissa Hasan took the top spot and a place at the BIG EAST Championships, clocking in 8.71, just ahead of Western Michigan’s Danielle Brown. Maddie Buttinger finished seventh with a time of 9.30.
Men’s 60m Hurdles: Alex Gill, running unattached, finished first in 8.49, just ahead of Justin Schneider, who clocked in at 8.73, good enough for a BIG EAST qualifying mark. Patrick Coughlin finished fourth with a time of 8.80.
Women’s 1000m: Becky Horn, running unattached, took the top spot with a time of 2:52.68. Notre Dame took the 2-3-4 spots, with Abby Higgins clocking in at 2:54.59 to take second. Molly Sullivan was third in 2:56.39, and Molly Hirt was fourth with a time of 3:03.44. Higgins and Sullivan qualified for the BIG EAST Championships.
Men’s 1000m: Notre Dame took the top four spots, with Daniel Clark crossing the line first in 2:24.73. Jordan Carlson was second in 2:25.59, followed by Jim Notwell in third with a time of 2:27.78 and Ryan Gamboa in fourth in 2:29.08. All four members of the Irish squad qualified for the BIG EAST meet.
Women’s 60m: DePaul’s Stephanie Williams edged out Joanna Schultz to take first place with a time of 7.79. Schultz just missed the BIG EAST mark with a time of 7.86. Natalie Geiger finished fourth in 7.97, while Kali Watkins was ninth in 8.10. Sasha Blanchard finished 11th with a time of 8.28.
Men’s 60m: Miklos Szebeny qualified for the BIG EAST with a first-place time of 7.02. Tyrell Atkins just missed the BIG EAST, finishing third in 7.07. Erick Quick was sixth in 7.26, followed by Sean Lindbloom in seventh with a time of 7.29.
Women’s 500m: Western Michigan runners took the top three spots, with Notre Dame’s Elizabeth Myers and Allison Schroeder rounding out the top five. Myers clocked in at 1:17.28, followed by Schroeder at 1:17.59.
Men’s 500m: Notre Dame finished 1-2-3, with Jordan Rincon leading the way with a time of 1:04.15. Balazs Molnar finished second in 1:04.52, followed by Jack Howard in third with a time of 1:05.30. Cameron Eckert finished fifth in 1:05.59, with Matthew Brown finishing seventh with a time of 1:06.39, and Max Cruz crossing the line 12th with a time of 1:08.67. Rincon, Molnar and Howard all qualified for the BIG EAST Championships.
Women’s Mile: Marissa Treece took first place with a time of 5:02.96. Rachel Velarde finished third in 5:06.42. Theresa Cattuna finished seventh in 5:07.61, followed by Heidi Rocha in eighth with a time of 5:10.08, Becca Bauman in ninth in 5:11.01 and Gena Bleyer in 10th with a time of 5:16.30. Emily Wauford finished 12th in 5:19.17, Stephanie Socias was 15th with a time of 5:22.91, Alissa Ott finished 19th in 5:33.21 and Kari Johnson clocked in at 5:34.76 to finish 20th. Treece, Cattuna and Velarde all qualified for the BIG EAST meet.
Men’s Mile: Butler’s Rob Mullett took first with a time of 4:10.62. Blake Choplin finished third in 4:15.24, followed by Dan Jackson in fourth with a time of 4:15.25, and Randall Babb in fifth in 4:16.74. Ryan Jacobs finished ninth with a time of 4:22.21. Thomas Noel finished 17th with a time of 4:30.59, just ahead of Thomas Pesch in 18th in 4:31.72. Kyle Higdon clocked in at 4:42.22 to finish 21st. Choplin, Jackson and Babb all qualified for the BIG EAST meet.
Women’s 400m: Marta Scheiwe edged out Natalie Johnson to take the top spot in a time of 56.83. Johnson clocked in at 56.86, qualifying for the BIG EAST Championships. Cora Dayon finished third with a time of 58.25. Samantha Williams finished fifth with a time of 59.08, followed by Tiffany Tibbot in sixth at 1:00.02.
Men’s 400m: Larry Inanga, running unattached, won the event with a time of 48.51. Billy Buzaid finished second in 49.12, qualifying for the BIG EAST meet. Alex Korenstra finished seventh in 49.97, Edward Hitchler was 10th in 50.30, and Ryan Sheehan finished 16th with a time of 52.68.
Women’s 800m: DePaul’s Mary Cate Quiett took first with a time of 2:17.69. Dominique Taylor finished fifth with a time of 2:25.77.
Men’s 800m: Kevin Labus topped the results with a time of 1:53.00. Johnathan Shawel finished fifth with a time of 1:54.46, followed by Spencer Carter in sixth at 1:55.25, Zac Suriano in seventh in 1:57.03, and Joe Miller in eighth with a time of 1:57.38. Labus and Shawel qualified for the BIG EAST Championships.
Women’s 200m: Joanna Schultz won the event with a time of 24.67. Natalie Geiger finished third in 25.18, Maddie Buttinger was seventh in 26.09, and Natalie Johnson finished ninth in 26.34. Schultz and Geiger set BIG EAST qualifying marks.
Men’s 200m: Hillsdale’s Jared Krout finished first with a time of 22.36. Tyrell Atkins took fourth in 22.71, followed by Chandler Brooks in fifth with a time of 22.85. Nick Tammerine finished 13th in 23.52, Sean Lindbloom was 14th in 23.55, Ronnie Kadykowski finished 15th with a time of 23.86, and Ryan Sheehan clocked in at 24.13 to finish 17th.
Women’s 3000m: Sarah Hinkley, running unattached, clinched the top spot with a time of 9:55.33. Beth Tacl’s time of 9:57.49 placed her second and qualified for the BIG EAST meet. Elizabeth McMahon finished fifth in 10:26.26, followed by Erica Watson in sixth at 10:28.32. Grace Brier finished 12th with a time of 11:06.25, Analisa Sandoval was 13th in 11:13.43 and Adrienne Pastula finished 14th with a time of 11:19.18.
Women’s 4x400m Relay: Western Michigan’s “A” team took the top relay time at 3:54.79. Notre Dame finished third at 4:09.91.
Men’s 4x400m Relay: Notre Dame took the top spot with a time of 3:16.55, followed by Loyola “A” in second and DePaul “A” in third.
The Notre Dame track and field teams will be back at home next Friday, when they host the Notre Dame Invitational at the Loftus Sports Center.