Jumps and multi-events coach learned to love Notre Dame and use the motivation for success
Piane departs following second-longest tenure of any coach in Notre Dame athletics history.
Notre Dame aims to carry over its long tradition of success from the BIG EAST to one of the nation's true power conferences, the ACC.
Another four current/former Fighting Irish athletes were chosen as alternates in their respective sports.
Huddle is the first female Irish track and field alum to qualify for Olympics.
Notre Dame Alum Mary Saxer is ready to showcase her pole vaulting skills at the 2012 Olympics.
Images of athletes with Notre Dame connections who have competed in the Olympics.
Notre Dame competed against many regional universities on Friday and Saturday, February 6th and 7th.
Notre Dame Track & Field Invitational, Friday, January 25th 2008, at the Loftus Center
AS A JUNIOR: Had a record-setting junior campaign for the Irish ... opened the indoor season with a first-place vault of 3.55 meters in the pole vault at the Blue and Gold Invitational ... also finished third in the long jump (5.57 meters) ... claimed her second indoor pole vault title at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener with a vault of 3.40 meters ... finished second in the long jump with a jump of 5.14 meters ... won the pole vault title with a vault of 3.70 meters at the Notre Dame Invitational ... took third in the long jump (5.57 meters) ... finished ninth in the pole vault invitational at the Indiana Relays ... tied for ninth with a vault of 3.60 meters at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships ... also took 10th in the long jump ... kicked off the outdoor season with a second-place vault of 3.85 meters at the Mike Poehlein Invitational ... finished fifth in the long jump ... won the pole vault open meet with a vault of 3.85 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays ... won the pole vault (4.00 meters) and finished fourth in the long jump (5.61 meters) at the VS Athletics Beach Invitational ... took top honors with a vault of 4.00 meters at the Hillsdale Relays ... won the pole vault title with a vault of 4.00 meters at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, earning All-BIG EAST outdoor honors ... closed out the season with a seventh-place performance at the NCAA Mideast Regional, breaking the school record in the pole vault with a vault of 4.06 meters
AS A SOPHOMORE: Led the Irish team in both the pole vault and the long jump ... vaulted 3.80m (12-5 1/2) at the Purdue Invitational ... top long jump of the indoor season was 5.47m (17-11 1/2) at the Notre Dame Invitational ... concentrated on the pole vault at the BIG EAST indoor meet ... finished second overall in 3.86m (12-8), the ninth-best mark in school history ... earned her second career indoor all-BIG EAST honors ... best pole vault of the outdoor season was her 3.80m mark at the Spartan Invitational ... did set a career best in the long jump during the outdoor campaign, leaping 5.70m (18-8 1/2) at the BIG EAST outdoor meet ... that jump tied her for 11th ... also took fifth in the pole vault at the outdoor BIG EAST competition, scoring points towards the eventual Notre Dame team championship.
AS A FRESHMAN: Immediately stepped in and became Notre Dame's top pole vaulter ... in her first collegiate meet, registered a vault of 3.95m (12-11 1/2) at the Blue & Gold Invitational that tied for the second-best in school history ... the mark also provisionally qualified her for the BIG EAST and NCAA meets ... set a new school record in the pole vault at the Notre Dame Invitational with a leap of 4.05m (13-3 1/2), breaking Jamie Volkmer's 2003 mark of 4.00m (13-1 1/2) and winning event by more than a foot ... posted a BIG EAST-qualifying long jump at the Meyo Invitational, leaping 5.64m (18-6), while tacking on another 3.95m-pole vault at the meet ... earned all-BIG EAST honors in the pole vault at the BIG EAST indoor meet, placing second with a mark of 3.96m (12-11 3/4) also finished ninth in the long jump at BIG EAST Championship ... kicked off outdoor campaign by winning the pole vault at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational, logging a height of 3.80m (12-5 1/2) to qualify for the NCAA Mideast Regional ... bettered that mark at the Mount SAC Relays with a winning season-best vault of 3.90m (12-9 1/2) ... placed fourth in the vault at the BIG EAST outdoor meet (3.80m, 12-5 1/2) ... tied for 14th in the pole vault at her first NCAA Mideast Regional (3.66m, 12-0) ... after one season at Notre Dame, she held five of top 10 indoor pole vault marks and three of top 10 outdoor heights in school history.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Four-year letterwinner in track and field at Central High School (N.Y.) ... also added two letters as a field hockey forward ... the most accomplished female prep pole vaulter in United States history ... first high school female to clear 14 feet in the pole vault ... owns the national high school pole vault record after breaking her own mark nine times ... also set the American junior record in the pole vault and the world record for a female under 17-yera old ... named the 2005 National High School Indoor Athlete of the Year ... appointed to the 2005 USA Today All-USA High School Track and Field Team ... earned All-America honors as the long jump champion at Nike Indoor Nationals in 2004 ... won the pole vault competition at both the Nike Indoor and Outdoor National meets in 2005, collecting two more All-America honors ... New York indoor and outdoor long jump state champion in 2004 ... won the indoor and outdoor pole vault state titles in 2005 ... took the pole vault title at the 2005 National Scholastic Indoor Championship by a 23-inch margin ... competed at the 2005 Millrose Games in New York City against professionals and past Olympians, finishing sixth ... personal bests of 4.345m (14-3) in the pole vault and 6.02m (19-9) in the long jump ... member of National Honor Society and student government at Central High ... born June 21, 1987 in Buffalo, N.Y. ... daughter of Ann and Dan Saxer ... older of two children ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.
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