January 16, 1999

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s track and field team opened their 1999 indoor season with a win and five second-place finishes at the non-team scoring Purdue Open in West Lafayette, Ind. on Friday, January 15.

Freshman Dore DeBartolo (Aurora, Ill.) was the lone event-winner for the Irish. DeBartolo, competing in her first collegiate meet, won the shot put with a throw of 45-2 1/2 to beat her nearest competitor, Purdue’s Darria Clayton, by almost three feet.

Second-place individual finishers for the Irish included Liz Grow (New Braunfels, Texas) in the 200-meter dash, sophomore Carri Lenz (London, Ontario) in the 400-meter dash, junior Nicole LaSelle (Dayton, Ohio) in the 3,000-meter run and Jennifer Engelhardt (Battle Creek, Mich.) in the high jump. The Notre Dame women’s distance medley team also finished second behind Purdue with a time of 12:23.42.

The next indoor meet for the women will take place next Saturday, January 23 at the Red Simmons Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich.