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Irish Smash Records, Claim Two Titles at ACC Championships

BLACKSBURG, Va. — University of Notre Dame track and field program boasted two record-breaking championship performances Friday, sweeping the men’s and women’s weight throw events at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at Virginia Tech’s Rector Fieldhouse.

The Irish men and women each sit in fourth place after the end of two days of competition.

Junior Logan Kusky and sophomore Rachel Tanczos will bring home shiny new hardware to accompany their new school records, giving the Irish a pair of ACC titles to highlight the day. Kusky’s toss of 21.37 meters bested his own record of 21.13 meters set last week at the Alex Wilson Invitational, while Tanczos’ throw of 21.08m also felled a week-old record (20.13m) set by teammate Abbey Kapitan, who finished second with a throw of 20.76m at Friday’s championships.

With most of the running events in preliminaries Friday, the Irish saw a handful of competitors advance to Saturday’s final heats. Sophomore Yared Nuguse advanced to the men’s mile final after finishing first in his heat and second overall with a time of 4:06.96, while junior Rachel DaDamio ran into the women’s mile final with a 10th place overall finish in 4:45.43.

Junior Summer Thorpe placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles, good for a qualifying time in 8.27.

In the finals of the women’s 5000 meters, freshman Jacqueline Gaughan finished seventh in 16:23.26, while Kevin Salvano placed seventh in the men’s race after a first-place run (14:18.52) in the unseeded heat earlier in the day.


ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships

Feb. 22, 2018

Rector Fieldhouse

Blacksburg, Virginia

Men’s Results


5000 Meters (unseeded final)

1. Kevin Salvano 14:18.52

7. Bradley Wattleworth 14:37.67


Mile (preliminary)

2. Yared Nuguse* 4:06.96 (Heat 2, first place)

10. Brian Griffith 4:10.27

20. Vincent Zona 4:14.30

21. Andrew Delvecchio 4:15.02

24. Dylan Jacobs 4:17.29


400 Meters (preliminary)

19. Edward Cheatham 48.93


60 Meters (preliminary)

22. Zachary Zajdel 6.92


800 Meters (preliminary)

8. Samuel Voelz 1:51.87

21. Clayton Goldman 1:53.91

23. Matt Fraizer 1:55.03


200 Meters (preliminary)

12. Zachary Zajdel 21.74


5000 Meters (final)

7. Kevin Salvano 14:18.52

11. Danny Kilrea 14:22.50

21. Bradley Wattleworth 14:37.67


Weight Throw (final)

1. Logan Kusky 21.37m**

9. Joseph Jegier 17.96m

12. Shae Watkins 17.46m

15. John Stefan 16.71m


Long Jump (final)

17. Antonio Villegas 6.88m

19. Conner Artman 6.52m


*Qualified for finals

**School record


Women’s Results
Mile (preliminary)

10. Rachel DaDamio* 4:45.43 (Heat 2, third place)


60-Meter Hurdles (preliminary)

6. Summer Thorpe* 8.27

13. Jernaya Sharp 8.47

21. Grace Cronin 8.62

24. Madysen Hunter 8.74


60 Meters (preliminary)

28. Kyla Lewis 7.70

30. Shae Douglas 7.73


800 Meters (preliminary)

4. Kelly Hart* 2:08.65

11. Erin Sullivan 2:10.91

Mikayla Schneider DQ


200 Meters (preliminary)

19. Kyla Lewis 24.85

22. Madysen Hunter 25.39


5000 Meters (final)

7. Jacqueline Gaughan 16:23.26

17. Annie Heffernan 17:11.50


Long Jump (final)

12. Jernaya Sharp 5.74m


Weight Throw (final)

1. Rachel Tanczos** 21.08m

2. Abbey Kapitan 20.76


*Qualified for finals

**School record