Feb. 13, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame track & field program saw its streak of breaking school records extend Friday with action in Iowa and Ohio.
Junior Molly Seidel broke the Irish school record in the 5,000 meters at the Iowa State Classic, shaving more than 15 seconds off her previous personal best to post a time of 15:54.45. Seidel, who also won the 5,000 at last week’s Meyo Invitational with a PR at the time, bested her closest competitor by 14 seconds and now ranks seventh in the country based on times entering the day. The Notre Dame record was previously held by Molly Huddle, who set the standard of 15:57.22 in 2004.
Also at the Iowa State Classic, junior Michael Clevenger placed 14th in his first 5,000 race of the season in 13:59.91, a personal best in the indoor race by 23 seconds. That time would be good for ninth in the country, though will certainly be adjusted owing to the number of competitors turning in sub-14 minute 5Ks in just this meet.
At the SPIRE DI Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, Nathan Richartz won the pole vault with a jump of 4.88 meters. In the women’s pole vault, Kayla Polcari placed third with a vault of 3.67 meters.
Margaret Bamgbose placed sixth in the 200 meters with a time of 24.60.
The Irish have wrapped up their time in Ames, Iowa, but will return to action at the SPIRE DI Invitational at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday. For the latest news on the Irish, follow @NDXCTF on Twitter, and like Notre Dame Cross Country/Track & Field on Facebook.
Iowa State Classic
1. Molly Seidel, 15:54.45*
14. Michael Clevenger, 13:59.91
SPIRE DI Invitational
6. Margaret Bamgbose, 24.60
10. Jade Barber, 24.72
17. Allison Bartoszewicz, 24.97
43. Jordan Shead, 25.71
12. Lena Madison, 16.96m
15. Ihuoma Nwaogwugwu, 16.53m
3. Kayla Polcari, 3.67m
*Notre Dame Record
By Joanne Norell, Media Relations Assistant