April 29, 2012
The Notre Dame track and field squad split up this past weekend as half of the team went to the famous Drake Relays, while the rest went to the Hillsdale College Gina Relays. The Irish won three events on the weekend and turned in 17 top-three finishes.
Notre Dame next heads to the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships next weekend in Tampa, Fla. The men's team finished second last season, while the women's team placed 10th. At the BIG EAST Indoor Championships in February the men's team won the team title, while the women finished fourth.
DES MOINES, Iowa - Competing against some of the best competition in the country, the Notre Dame track and field squad earned three top-three finishes, including a win in the 4x800m relay at the famous Drake Relays this weekend.
The 4x400m relay team of Jade Barber, Michelle Brown, Natalie Geiger and Kaila Barber finished fourth in the prelims (3:38.42) before coming back and claiming sixth in the finals (3:40.76). The prelims time put the team in 17th place in the East.
The reigning two-time BIG EAST Men's Field Athlete of the Week Kevin Schipper took second in the pole vault with a vault of 5.30m (17-04.50 ft).
The men's 4x800m relay team of Randall Babb, Johnathan Shawel, Mitch Lorenz and Jeremy Rae finished third in a time of 7:25.88.
Megan Yanik took seventh in the 400m hurdles in 59.15, which places her 18th in the East and 38th in the country in the event.
HILLSDALE, Mich. - Making the quick trip to Michigan for the Hillsdale College Gina Relays, the Notre Dame track and field team won two events and earned 14 top-three finishes this weekend.
Patrick Lesiewicz won the 5,000m run in 14:41.65.
Four Irish hurlers finished in the top seven in the hammer throw. Andrew Hills (54.36m) and Mitchell Gormley (53.10m) took the top two spots, while Jordan Stumph (49.72m) and Mike Smigelski (49.24m) finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
Andrew Brock finished second in the shot put with a toss of 16.66m, while Hills finished third with a throw of 16.32m.
In the women's hammer throw three throwers finished in the top six. Madeline Casanova (53.42m) and Vivien Devaney claimed second and third, respectively. Kujawski finished sixth with a toss of 48.06m.
Meg Ryan crossed the line seventh in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:32.73.
Susanna Sullivan finished eighth in the 5,000m run, finishing in a time of 16:57.98.
In the men's 5,000m, Jeff MacMillan took fifth in 14:16.13.
Jaclyn Winkel took second in the 400m dash (57.77) and then finished eighth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:05.98.
Amber Lalla came in sixth in the 400m dash (58.43).
Sasha Blanchard placed sixth in the 100m hurdles (15.41).
Bryce Wood finished third in the 110m hurdles (15.25).
In the women's javelin, Amanda Chamblee finished fourth with a toss of 31.32m.
On the men's side, Peter Kristiansen claimed third with a throw of 48.94m.
Anthony Davis finished third in discus with a toss of 45.64m, with teammate Dominick Padovano right behind in fourth with a throw of 45.20m.