Feb. 10, 2017
By Megan Golden
CLEMSON, S.C. -- The University of Notre Dame track and field team finished day one with a national top-10 performance on Friday of the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, South Carolina.
Nathan Richartz broke his own school record -- previously 5.46m -- and tied the seventh-best height in the country with a 5.50m mark in the pole vault. Richartz’s PR is good for third-best in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season.
Richartz, who fell just .03m shy of tying his PR last weekend at the Meyo Invitational, finally topped his previous best.
“I was ecstatic, and at the same time relieved,” Richartz said. “I couldn’t really wrap my head around it. Freshman year, I set a goal of jumping 18 feet by senior year, and today that goal was actualized. I couldn’t be happier.”
Anna Rohrer recorded first place in the women's 5,000m, despite crossing the finish line well under her personal record (15:32.03) at 16:15.93.
Peyton Miller finished 15th overall in the 400m (55.89), and Jordan Shead followed Miller in 18th-place (56.20).
Grand Valley Big Meet
Anthony Williams and Brent Kennedy raced in the 5,000m at Grand Valley State on Friday. Williams finished 11th overall (14:35.22), while Kennedy was 12th (14:35.59).
Coming Up Next
The Irish return to action for day two of the Tiger Paw Invitational on Saturday.
Molly Seidel will race in the 3,000m at the Millrose Games in New York, New York, at 3:50 p.m. on Saturday. The livestream of the Millrose Games is available at USATF.TV.
Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women's lacrosse and cross country/track and field programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary's College and former Irish women’s basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.