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    Balazs Molnar  
    Balazs Molnar

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Dunaujvaros, Hungary

    High School:
    Szechenyi Istvan

    Height:
    5-10

    Event:
    Sprints

    Birthdate:
    07/01/1986


    AS A JUNIOR: One of the team's top sprinters in the indoor season and the top hurdler during outdoor season ... placed second in the 500 meters at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener, with a time of 1:04.52 ... ran the 500 meters in 1:04.58 at the Notre Dame Invitational, good for fourth place ... finished second in the 400 meters at the Indiana Invitational (48.92) ... was the top Irish runner in the 300 meters at the Meyo Invitational, using a time of 34.79 to finish fifth ... just missed all-BIG EAST honors at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships, placing fourth in the 400 meters with a time of 48.31 ... moved to the hurdles in the outdoor season, placing third in the 400-meter hurdles at the Arizona State Invitational (51.79) ... picked up another third place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the Mt. SAC Relays, this time posting a 52.32 time ... again narrowly missed all-BIG EAST honors at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, placing fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.37 ... placed 15th in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Mideast Regionals in Louisville, Ky., with a time of 53.74.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Opened the indoor season with a first-place finish in the 500 meters at the Blue and Gold Invitational, clocking in at 1:04.16 ... ran the 800 meters at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener in 1:52.31 to finish first ... took second in the 400 meters at the Notre Dame Invitational with a time of 48.40 ... won the Indiana Relays 400 meters in 48.35 ... earned his fifth all-BIG EAST honor with a third-place finish in the 400 meters, clocking in at 48.00 ... opened the outdoor season with a win, taking first place in the 400 meters in 48.36 at the Mike Poehlein Invitational ... finished 17th at the Ole Miss Invitational, running the 400 meters in 49.37 ... finished 22nd in the 400-meter hurdles at the Mt. SAC Relays with a time of 56.58 ... ran the VS Athletics Beach Invitational 400-meter hurdles in 53.69 to finish fifth ... narrowly missed more BIG EAST honors with a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the BIG EAST Championship, clocking in at 52.62 ... closed out the season with a 15th-place performance at the Georgia Tech Invitational, running the 400-meter hurdles in 52.71.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Had an incredible debut season with the Irish ... earned four all-BIG EAST honors and posted 13 performances (between the 500 meters, 400-meter hurdles, and 4x400-meter relay) that rank among the top-10 in Notre Dame history ... also was the lone Irish male to win an individual BIG EAST outdoor title, taking first in the 400-meter hurdles ... ran 48.13 in his first collegiate 400m race at the Meyo Invitational ... placed second at the same competition in the 500 meters, covering the distance in 1:02.61, the fourth-fastest mark in school history ... had two outstanding runs in the 500 at the BIG EAST indoor meet, placing second in the prelims in 1:02.51 and third in the final with a time of 1:02.14, the second-best in Irish history ... in addition to the all-conference honors earned with that placement, garnered more accolades as a member of the third-place 4x400-meter relay ... the squad of Molnar, Jordan Powell, Austin Wechter and Ryan Postel ran 3:10.84, the fourth-fastest in the school record book ... made his outdoor debut at the Arizona State Invitational, placing fourth in the 400 hurdles in 52.36 ... also ran the 4x400-meter relay at ASU, placing second in 3:09.38 with Powell, Wechter and Postel (the time is second in school history) ... ran 51.87 in the hurdles to take second at the Azusa Pacific Invitational ... placed third and posted the second-best mark in school history at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays with his 51.50 second effort in the 400 hurdles ... clocked 48.16 in the 400 meters at the Central Collegiate Championships ... won the 400-meter hurdles at the BIG EAST oudoor meet with times of 51.87 and 51.62 in the prelims and final, respectively ... became the first Notre Dame athlete to win a BIG EAST title in the 400 hurdles ... also earned all-BIG EAST honors with his second-place showing on the 4x400-meter relay ... competed with the same squad that ran at the indoor league meet and posted a time of 3:10.83, a top-10 school mark ... competed at the NCAA Mideast Regionals in the 400 hurdles ... reached the event final by placing fifth in the preliminaries with a 51.60 mark ... ultimately took eighth at the competition, missing NCAA advancement, but earning all-Mideast Region honors.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Member of Hungarian National Team ... had stellar 2006 season that included winning titles in 400-meter dash (47.63) and 400-meter hurdles (51.97) at European Under-23 Outdoor Championships ... also won 2006 Hungarian national titles in 400 meters (47.53) and 400 hurdles (51.63) ... fourth in 400-meter hurdles at 2005 European Junior Championships (51.38) ... 2005 Hungarian Junior National Champion in 400 meters (47.88) and 400 hurdles (51.99) ... born July 1, 1986 in Dunaujvaros, Hungary ... son of Magdolna Sas and Ferenc Molnar ... younger of two children ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a finance major.

    MOLNAR'S CAREER INDOOR BESTS

    400 Meters (2008 BIG EAST Championship) 48.00
    500 Meters (2007 Meyo Invitational) 1:02.61
    800 Meters (2008 Notre Dame Indoor Opener) 1:52.31

    MOLNAR'S CAREER OUTDOOR BESTS

    400 Meters (2008 Purdue Mike Poehlein Invitational) 48.36
    800 Meters (2009 Purdue Mike Poehlein Invitational) 1:52.29
    400 Meters Hurdles (2009 BIG EAST Championship) 51.37
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