April 14, 2001

The University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Tom Botts Invitational in Columbia, Mo., this weekend and walked away with a third place and second place finish, respectively.

The women’s team was edged by Missouri 234-208, while the men’s team finished behind Air Force (226) and Missouri (204) with 169 points.

Freshman Kristen Dodd (Toledo, Ohio) continued her impressive outdoor campaign for the women’s team by capturing the 100- and 200-meter dash titles. She took the 100 in 12.17 and the 200 in 24.56. Classmate Ayesha Boyd (Spartanburg, SC) made it a clean sweep for the Irish in the individual sprints by winning the 400 meters in 55.58.

Senior Carri Lenz (London, Ontario) won the 400-meter hurdles with a 1:02.28 performance and the Notre Dame 4×100 meter relay team placed first in 46.30.

In the field events for the women, Jaime Volkmer (Kearney, Neb.) turned in one of the better meets of her career. She won the pole vault by clearing a school-record 11-10 and place first in the triple jump (38-11 1/2), while also finishing fourth in the long jump (18-3 3/4). Tameisha King (Mableton, Ga.) claimed first place in the long jump competition with a 20-3 1/2 mark.

Dore DeBartolo (Aurora, Ill.) claimed two event victories, winning the shot put with a 47-5 3/4 toss and the hammer throw with a 178-2 measurement.

For the men’s team, Travis Davey (St. James, NY) won the 100 meters in 10.68 and cross country All-American Pat Conway (Springfield, Va.) took first place in his first 1,500 meter outdoor race of the season (3:50.09).

Freshman David Alber (Dayton, Ohio) continues to show promise in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing second at this weekend’s meet in 9:26.79.

Out in the field events on the men’s side, junior Josh Heck (Mishawaka, Ind.) cleared a personal-best 16-0 to win the pole vault competition while Quill Redwine (San Antonio, Texas) and BIG EAST Indoor Champion Andrew Cooper (Granville, Ohio) finished second and third, respectively, in the high jump.

The Irish will now begin preparations for the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. next weekend.