Jan. 13, 2002
The University of Notre Dame women’s track and field team began the 2002 indoor season on Saturday at the Purdue Open in West Lafayette, Ind. The was no team scoring in the meet, but the Irish sprint group left their impression with two individual victories and a number of top-five finishes. Junior Tameisha King led the field group with an individual victory in the long jump.
Notre Dame will rely heavily on its deep sprint group during the entire 2002 track and field season, and the Irish began the season in solid form. Sophomore Ayesha Boyd continued her late-season improvement from 2001 with an runner-up finish in the 60 meters (after posting the top preliminary time) in 7.70. Boyd then followed up with a victory in the 200 meters in 24.18. Both of Boyd’s times in the 60 meters (7.50 in the preliminaries) and in the 200 meters were personal best marks in her young Notre Dame career.
The Irish dominated the 400 meters, taking the top three spots led by freshman Tiffany Gunn. The Little Rock, Ark., native won the race in 58.32, followed by junior Kymia Love in second (58.40). Sophomore Kristen Dodd finished third in 58.44.
Gunn then switched to the 60-meter hurdles, finishing third in the preliminaries (9.06) and the finals (8.92).
Tameisha King provided the other highlight of the meet for the Irish, jumping 19-6 1/2 in the long jump to easily take first place.
Notre Dame will host Ball State and Western Michigan on Friday, Jan. 18, in the Loftus Sports Complex.