April 13, 2018
By Matt Paras
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – The Notre Dame track and field team competed in the Louisville Invitational a day early on Friday after the meet was moved up due to the threat of inclement weather. The Irish tallied four wins and set personal records on the track and in the infield as both the men’s and women’s squad finished fourth in the meet.
Nathan Richartz was at it again in the pole vault Friday afternoon in Louisville. He won his fourth event of the spring after clearing 5.40m (17-08.50) to keep his undefeated season going. He has won the event in three-consecutive weeks after opening the season with a win and a new school record at the Hurricane Invitational.
Jessica Harris was back on the track for her second meet of the spring season. Her lone event of the day was the 1500m run and she claimed her first win of the season with a time of 4:26.44. Rachel DaDamio was not far behind Harris, as she finished third overall with a time of 4:29.53.
Elijah Silva led the men’s squad in the 1500m with a 3:55.32 and a fourth-place finish in his second meet of the spring. Freshman Vincent Zona finished 10th with a PR of 3:59.07. He improved on his previous best time that he set at the Black and Gold Invitational.
Logan Kusky was the third Irish win of the afternoon in the hammer throw. Kusky’s best throw of 58.39m (191-07) earned him first place and his best finish of the outdoor season. Kusky set a PR in the hammer throw at the Hurricane Invitational but finished fourth overall.
Jordan Shead also picked up her first win of the outdoor season in the 400m hurdles. She finished first with a season-best time of 59.90 that currently ranks eighth in the ACC.
Indi Jackson earned a runner-up finish in the shot put with her best throw of 15.72m (51-07.00). Daniel Hardiman led the men’s squad in the shot put with a third-place finish (15.50m, 50-10.25).
Hardiman later set a personal record in the discus with a 49.97m (163-11) to finish fifth. Rachel Tanczos also set a personal record in the discus with her best throw of 49.95m (163-10) to finish in the top-three.
The Irish will split up next weekend between the Virginia Challenge and the Michael Johnson Invitational. The Virginia Challenge is a two-day meet that will begin next Friday afternoon while the Michael Johnson Invitational is a one-day meet set to begin next Saturday.