The Notre Dame track team competed in day one of the Meyo Invitational on Friday evening.
AS A SENIOR: Standout for the Irish in the pole vault, claiming 11 individual titles ... cleared 5.05m to win the season-opening indoor event, the Blue and Gold Invitational ... jump of 5.15m earned a runner-up finish at the GVSU Holiday Open ... equaled his 5.15m attempt to claim third at the Bob Eubanks Open ... cleared 5.25m to win the pole vault at the BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Championships ... jump of 5.40m won the Alex Wilson Invitational ... career-best attempt of 5.45m was good enough for fourth place at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships ... won the pole vault in his first two events of the outdoor season, the Victor Lopez Classic and the Mike Poehlein Invitational ... runner-up at the Stanford Invitational after clearing 5.35m ... cleared an outdoor season-best 5.40m to win at the Polytan Invitational ... successful attempt at 5.25m won the individual title at the BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships ... won the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round with an attempt of 5.32m ... split the 2011-12 Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award for men's track and field with teammate Andrew Hills ... was named a team captain prior to the beginning of the season with Hills ... named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... earned a monogram.
AS A JUNIOR: Competed in 14 track and field meets, specializing in the pole vault ... won the BIG EAST Indoor and Outdoor crowns for the second year in a row with vaults of 5.25m ... advanced to the NCAA East Regionals ... finished second at the outdoor Louisville Cardinal Twilight (5.23m) ... also claimed second at the outdoor Purdue Dave Rankin Invitational (5.15m) ... won titles at the outdoor Texas Roadhouse Border Battle (5.10m) and the outdoor Arizona State Invitational (5.20m) ... won indoor titles at the Indiana University Relays (5.20m), Notre Dame Invitational (5.10m) and the Blue & Gold Invitational (4.85m) ... earned a monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE: First-place finish at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener ... matched a then-personal best of 5.20m ... finished first at the Notre Dame Invitational (5.05m) ... BIG EAST Indoor pole vault champion (5.10m) ... vaulted 5.10m to become the Arizona State Invitational first-place finisher... first place at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships with a 5.25m ... vaulted 5.26m for a first-place finish at the Cardinal Classic ... opened the indoor season at the Blue and Gold Invitational with an effort of 5.05m ... placed second at the Indiana Relays by vaulting 5.20m ... recorded same height the following week at the Meyo Invitational ... vaulted 5.20m again at the Mount SAC Relays and vaulted 5.25m at the NCAA Regionals ... concluded season at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... vaulted 5.30m, a personal best, to earn All-America honors.
AS A FRESHMAN: Opened a successful freshman campaign with a second-place pole vault finish with 4.80m at the Blue and Gold Invitational ... won the pole vault title at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener after clearing a 4.95m ... set a personal-best of 5.27m at the Indiana Relays, earning a second-place finish ... earned his first all-BIG EAST honor with a second-place pole vault finish at 5.10m at the league's indoor contest ... opened the outdoor season with the pole vault crown at the Arizona State Invitational (5.15m) ... capped off the season with a point-scoring fourth-place finish at a height of 4.95m at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Seven-time letterwinner in track and field, soccer and football at Bishop Dwenger (Ind.) ... track and field Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year ... won the Midwest Meet of Champions with a vault of 16'-9" (5.11m) ... set a school and regional record with a 17'-0" (5.18m) vault ... finished fourth at the USA Junior National Championships ... conference champion as a junior and the regional champion as a sophomore and senior ... earned all-state and all-conference honors ... member of the National Honor Society ... born in Fort Wayne, Ind. ... son of Donald and Janet Schipper ... one of nine children ... older brother, Matt, pole vaulted at Notre Dame ... younger brother, David, is a freshman on the Notre Dame Track and Field team ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in finance.