Track & Field


AS A JUNIOR: Made four varsity appearances for the Irish cross country team ... ran 25:02 on the Notre Dame home course to take 61st at the Notre Dame Invitational ... was the team's sixth runner at the Pre-National Meet where he finished 57th in 24:45 ... placed 26th at the BIG EAST Championship with a time of 25:23, contributing to the team's first-place finish ... competed at his first NCAA Championship, where he was the sixth finisher for the third-place Irish, running the 10,000-meter course in 31:43.2 ... set career bests in each of his primary events on the track ... ran the 800 meters at the Notre Dame Invitational, finishing fourth in 1:51.54 ... competed in the Meyo Mile at the Meyo Invitational, establishing a career best with a time of 4:05.36 ... qualified for the BIG EAST Indoor Championship in three events ... ran the 1,000 meters at the league meet, emerging from the preliminaries with the top time and a career best of 2:25.51, the seventh-fastest performance in school history ... wound up taking sixth in the final heat ... earned a BIG EAST title as a member of the distance medley relay with Austin Wechter, Brett Adams, and Vinny Ambrico (ran the 1,200-meter leg of the race) ... clocked a 4:06.58 mile at the Alex Wilson Invitational to close out his indoor season ... set a career best while breaking the nine-minute barrier in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational; his time of 8:58.05 also qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional ... had a career-best 1,500-meter performance at the Indy Relays, running 3:50.25 for second ... had a huge BIG EAST outdoor meet -- ran 3:50.48 in the preliminaries of the 1,500 meters to qualify for the final, where he finished seventh and earned points for the team champion ... narrowly missed out on a BIG EAST title in the steeplechase, taking a runner-up finish with a time of 9:04.19 ... managed to run another career best in the 1,500 meters at the Georgia Tech Invitational (3:49.22) ... closed his season at the NCAA Mideast Regional, where he finished 12th in a 28-athlete steeplechase field, running 9:07.84.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Came on strong during the track season after his cross country season was spoiled by injury ... had a breakthrough meet at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships, competing in the 4x800 meter relay and the 1,000 meter run ... just missed all-BIG EAST honors in the 1,000 meters by placing fourth in a time of 2:26.29 that ranks as the ninth-fastest in school history... helped the 4x800 meter relay team finished second in 7:38.09 ... joined on that relay by Eric Morrison, Adam Currie, and Brett Adams ... followed up that performance by placing 10th in the mile at the Alex Wilson Invitational (4:05.57) ... concentrated on the 3,000 meter steeplechase in the outdoor season ... placed sixth in his section of the steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational (9:05.40) ... ran well at the Indy Relays, placing third in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:50.55 ... competed with Morrison, Adams and Jake Watson in the 4x1600-meter relay at the Drake Relays ... ran a 1,600-meter split of 4:09 ... qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and earned all-BIG EAST honors with a third-place finish (9:06.12) ... qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the 3,000 meter steeplechase where he ran 9:12.17 for 10th place.

AS A FRESHMAN: Competed in his first three career cross country meets ... finished 23rd at the Valparaiso Invitational, 49th at the National Catholic and 30th in the Notre Dame Invitational gold division race ... attempted several different distances during the 2004 indoor track and field season, eventually qualifying for the BIG EAST indoor meet in the 1,000 meters (2:29.42) and mile (4:18.35) ... did not compete as an individual at the BIG EAST indoor meet, but helped the 4x800-meter relay team of Kevin Somok, Eric Morrison and Ryan Hurd finish fourth in 7:42.24 ... focused on the steeplechase during the 2004 outdoor season, winning his first collegiate event at the Indy Relays - finishing first in 9:14.40 ... took fifth in the BIG EAST outdoor meet in the steeplechase (9:15.93).

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Multi-sport standout at Lake Michigan Catholic in St. Joseph, Mich. ... earned 16 varsity letters in his prep career on five different teams (cross country, golf, basketball, track and field and football) ... 2003 Southwest Michigan Athlete of the Year ... led the 2002 cross country team to an undefeated conference record ... won the Berrien County cross country individual title as well as the Red Arrow Conference championship ... took home conference championships in the 800 and 1,600 meters as a senior ... moved on to claim regional titles in the 4x3,200 meters, 800, 1,600 and 5,000 meters ... ended up as the Berrien County 1,600-meter runner up in 2002 and 2003, while finishing third in the 800 meters in '03 ... helped the cross country team finish fourth at the 2002 state meet ... highly involved in extra-curricular activities, including National Honor Society, class treasurer, choir, Youth to Youth, Spanish Club, Academic Challenge, Tutor Principal List and preschool mentor ... youngest of two children ... born April 2, 1985, in St. Joseph, Mich. ... enrolled in the College of Engineering as a mechanical engineering major (3.793 cumulative grade-point average through spring 2006) ... has earned Dean's List honors four times in six semesters at Notre Dame, most recently carding a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall of 2005 and a 3.722 GPA in the spring of 2006.

Career Cross Country Results
Notre Dame Invitational 61st
Pre-National Meet 57th
BIG EAST Championship 26th
NCAA Championship 180th
Valparaiso Invitational 23rd
National Catholic Championship 49th
Notre Dame Invitational 30th

Career Track Bests
800m 1:51.54 2006 Notre Dame Invitational
1,000m 2:25.51 2006 BIG EAST Championship
Mile 4:05.36 2006 Meyo Invitational
1,500m 3:49.22 2006 Georgia Tech Invitational
3,000m Steeplechase 8:58.05 2006 Stanford Invitational

Todd Ptacek
Todd  Ptacek


Benton Harbor, MI

High School:
Lake Michigan Catholic




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