Notre Dame recognizes highly-successful 2015-16 athletics year at 15th annual student-athlete awards gala.
Track & field program begins the weekend with a strong start at Virginia Challenge meet.
Kaila Barber, Sydney Foreman, Jordan Shead and Margaret Bamgbose all earned first for the women's team.
Carly Loeffel finished fourth in the women's pentathalon.
Mid-distance alumna Rebecca Tracy ran a lifetime best in the women’s mile race on her birthday.
ACC Outdoor Championships
AS A JUNIOR: Competed in 13 meets between the indoor and outdoor seasons … began the season with a fifth-place finish in shot put (13.18m) and a fourth-place showing in weight throw (16.27m) at the Blue and Gold Invitational ... snagged a sixth-place finish in shot put (13.56m) ... and finished ninth in weight throw (16.28m) at the Notre Dame Invitational ... finished 13th in shot put (12.45m) and placed 10th in weight throw (16.76m) at the Razorback Invitational ... competed at the Meyo Invitational placing sixth in shot put (18.10m) … finished 12th in weight throw at the Spire DI Invitational (16.96m) ... placed 12th in weight throw at the ACC Indoor Championships (17.12m) ... kicked off the outdoor slate placing 21st in discus (39.05m) and 13th in the hammer throw (51.18m) at the Bobcat Invitational ... snagged a ninth-place finish in discus (39.43) and third in the hammer throw (51.61m) at the Stanford Invitational ... finished fifth in discus (43.47) and sixth in the hammer throw (50.12m) at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge ... earned a fifth-place finish in discus (42.88) and placed seventh in the hammer throw (50.03) at the Georgia Tech Invitationa ... finished fourth in the hammer throw at the Gina Relays (50.80m) ... placed fifth in the hammer throw at the Jesse Owens Track Classic (51.90m) ... wrapped the season with a ninth-place finish in discus at the ACC Outdoor Championships (44.68m) … earned a monogram.AS A SOPHOMORE:Competed in 13 meets during the indoor/outdoor track & field season ... represented the Irish at the ACC Indoor Championships, tossing her way to a 19th place finish in the shot put (12.56m) and a 16th place finish in the weight throw (16.16m) ... recorded best mark in the shot put (13.69m) at the Hillsdale College Relays, while recording best weight throw distance (17.09m) at the Blue and Gold Invitational ... placed ninth in the discus (43.90m) at the Outdoor ACC Championships ... concluded the season with a 12th place finish in the shot put (12.49m) at the Billy Hayes Invitational ... earned a monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN: Competed in 12 meets during the indoor & outdoor season ... competed in shot put, hammer throw and discus ... threw hammer and discus at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships ... longest hammer throw (48.17m) and shot put (12.42m) came at the Hillsdale College GINA Relays ... best discus throw (41.20m-6th) came at the Polytan Invitational ... placed fifth at the Spartan Invitational in the shot put ... competed at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships in the weight throw, recording a distance of 16.16m, her best of the season ... finished seventh in the shot put at the Blue & Gold Invitational ... named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... earned first monogram.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Graduated from New Buffalo High School (New Buffalo, Mich.) in the spring of 2012 ... twelve-time letterwinner in volleyball, basketball and track ... named 2011 Wendy's High School Heisman Award Winner State Finalist ... was state champion and school record holder in discus ... named all-region and all-conference in discuss and shot put senior year... WSJM Athlete of the Week and of the Year Finalist junior year ... named captain, MVP, all-conference, and to the Scholastic Award (volleyball and basketball) ... named all-region and academic all-state in volleyball ... named to the Honorable Mention list in the Detroit Free-Press ... named the 2012 WSJM Female Athlete of the Year, Herald Palladium Senior Female Athlete of the Year 2012 and the Detroit Free-Press Scholar Athlete ... recipient of the St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Rotary Club Track Scholarship ... vice-president (2011) and president (2012) of student government ... named a MHSAA Scholar Athlete (2012) ... was Vice-President of Michigan City CISV Chapter ... father played basketball at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. ... full name is Lena Alexis Madison ... born in Michigan City, Ind. ... daughter of Paul and Karla Madison ... has one younger sister ... enrolled in the College of Arts & Letters and is majoring in Spanish and American Studies.