Naya Sharp

Irish Lead Off Meyo Invitational

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — As over 1,000 participants, hailing from 41 institutions around the country, descended on the campus of Notre Dame, the Irish started off the Meyo Invitational strong. The 32nd edition of the meet got underway Friday evening and saw 16 members of the blue and gold finish among the top-15 in individual events.

In The Field
Jernaya Sharp led the team off in the long jump, finishing with a distance of 5.35m for 15th overall. On the other end, Emma Bzik earned a ninth place finish in the high jump, clearing 1.55m on the day.

Logan Kusky highlighted the men’s weight throw as he recorded a mark of 20.38m on his final attempt to win the event. Joseph Jegier also placed in the top-10 of the event, throwing the weight for 17.94m.

Stars in the women’s weight throw all season, Rachel Tanczos and Abbey Kapitan took home silver and bronze for the Irish, respectively, with throws of 19.06m (Tanczos) and 18.83m (Kapitan).

Colton Crum cleared the 5.05m mark in the pole vault as he flew to a third place overall finish in the men’s event.

Mad Dash
The first race of the evening took place with the women’s 60m hurdle prelims. Four Irish hurdlers qualified for the semi-final race tomorrow morning with their performance this afternoon. Summer Thorpe led the quad, with a time of 8.44 for third overall followed by Sharp and Cronin in fourth and fifth. Madysen Hunter also earned a spot in the next round as she placed 22nd through the prelims.

With the hurdles cleared off the track, Kyla Lewis dashed to the finish in the 60m race with a time of 7.72 seconds to solidify her spot in the semi-final round tomorrow while Zachary Zajdel earned a spot in the men’s 60m dash with a time of 6.98 seconds.

Going The Distance
A freshman, Katie Rose Blachowicz came out strong in the 5K race, finishing first for the Irish with a time of 17:29.61 and 14th overall. Brooke Trossen was not far behind, crossing the line in 17:32.04 for 16th while MaryClare Leonard rounded out the Irish in the top-20 with a time of 17:36.23.

Kevin Salvano led the Irish men in the 5K, earning a time of 14:21.01, the sophomore took second overall. Bradley Wattleworth finished fourth in the race, crossing shortly after Salvano, in 14:24.48. The final Irish runner to make the top-10 was Kevin Pulliam who finished the distance race in 14:31.05 and 10th overall.

The Irish women, comprised of Erin Sullivan, Madysen Hunter, Emily Franz and Elizabeth Hannon, took third overall in the 4000m distance medley relay with a time of 11:50.38.

Up Next
The Irish conclude the annual Meyo Invitational on Saturday, February 2, at 10:30 a.m. The team will then split for a weekend of meets in Iowa, South Carolina and Indiana before returning home to host the Alex Wilson Invite, February 16.

Tomorrow’s afternoon portion of the meet will be available to watch through the Watch ESPN app and ACC Network Extra. The live broadcast of events will begin at 2 p.m. ET.