NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame cross country programs will kick off the 2020 season with the Irish Classic, a dual meet against Louisville, at the Burke Golf Course. The race will be the first of three for the Irish in the shortened 2020 schedule.
“We are all looking forward to competing again. It has been a long 6 months since our last meet,” Hatherly-Piane Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Matt Sparks said.
“Saturday will be like no other cross country meet our athletes have experienced. It will be a dual meet with us and Louisville with no spectators. Traditionally our home meets have over 50 teams competing and well over 1000 people on the course. The smaller field does not diminish the energy our athletes have to race again.”
What: Irish Classic
When: Sept. 19, 2020
Where: Burke Golf Course | Notre Dame, Ind.
Schedule of Events: 9 a.m. ET Men’s 5 Mile | 10 a.m. Women’s 5K
The Field: Notre Dame vs. Louisville
BY THE NUMBERS
1 — The Irish men’s cross country program were picked by the league’s coaches to win in this year’s ACC Preseason Coaches Poll.
2 — Place finished by Yared Nuguse at last season’s ACC Championships, the best finish by any Notre Dame runner at the event.
3 — The Irish women’s squad ranked No. 3 in the 2020 ACC Preseason Coaches Poll.
3 — Place Maddy Denner finished at the ACC Championships last season, the highest finish of any returning Notre Dame women’s runner at the conference championship.
6 — The Irish women’s team returns six student-athletes who competed at the NCAA Championships last season.
7 — The Irish women’s team returns four student-athletes who competed at the NCAA Championships last season.
29 — Place Dylan Jacobs finished at the NCAA Championships last season, the highest finish of any Notre Dame men’s runner at the 2019 championship.