125 Home
    Fighting Irish
    Irish Earn Five More Bids To NCAAs On Final Day Of East Prelims

    FIGHTING IRISH Johnathan Shawel earned his second straight bid to the NCAA Outdoor Championships after his fourth-place showing Saturday at the East Prelims.
    Johnathan Shawel earned his second straight bid to the NCAA Outdoor Championships after his fourth-place showing Saturday at the East Prelims.

    May 26, 2012



    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The University of Notre Dame concluded a successful NCAA East Preliminary Round Saturday at Hodges Stadium with a total of three individuals and two relay teams claiming berths to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

    Along with Kevin Schipper (pole vault) and Johnathan Shawel (1,500m run) earning their second career tickets to the NCAA Outdoor Championship, Rebecca Tracy (1,500m run) earned her first career appearance and both the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay teams qualified.

    The total of five women’s individuals and relay teams who qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships marks the most for the Irish since 2005 when eight members advanced. The men also earned five bids, matching their total from the 2010 season.

    The NCAA Outdoor Championships take place June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Martin Grady - 10,000m
    Jessica Rydberg - 10,000m
    Kaila Barber - 400m Hurdles
    Megan Yanik - 400m Hurdles, 4x400m Relay
    Patrick Feeney - 400m, 4x400m Relay
    Kevin Schipper - Pole Vault
    Johnathan Shawel - 1,500m
    Rebecca Tracy - 1,500m
    Jade Barber - 4x400m Relay
    Michelle Brown - 4x400m Relay
    Natalie Geiger - 4x400m Relay
    Brendan Dougherty - 4x400m Relay
    Mitchell Lorenz - 4x400m Relay
    Chris Giesting - 4x400m Relay 



    Kevin Schipper qualified for his second NCAA Outdoor Championship, finishing tied for first with a vault of 5.32m (17-5.50 ft.). A 2010 All-American in the outdoor vault, Schipper represents the first Irish men’s pole-vaulter to make multiple appearances at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

    MEN’S 1,500M RUN

    Johnathan Shawel secured his second-straight trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, finishing fourth in his heat and overall in 3:46.26. Last season, Shawel finished in 13th place. He represents the first 1,500m runner for the Irish to earn back-to-back berths at NCAAs since Kurt Benninger did so in 2007-08.

    Jeremy Rae also competed, finishing in 19th in 3:49.59.

    WOMEN’S 1,500M RUN

    Rebecca Tracy matched Shawel’s performance on the women’s side, finishing fourth in her heat and overall in 4:16.94 to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She is just the third Notre Dame woman to qualify for an outdoor championship in the event, joining Lauren King and Kerry Meagher on that short list. She also is the first to qualify since Meagher did so during the 2005 season.

    Alexa Aragon finished 10th in her heat and 19th overall with a time of 4:26.34.

    WOMEN’S 4x400M RELAY

    Jade Barber, Michelle Brown, Megan Yanik and Natalie Geiger earned a berth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships as a result of finishing third in their heat and ninth overall in 3:35.85. It is the first time since 2003 (Tiffany Gunn, Kristen Dodd, Ayesha Boyd, Kymia Love) that a Notre Dame women’s 4X400m relay team has reached the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

    MEN’S 4x400M RELAY

    Brendan Dougherty, Patrick Feeney, Mitchell Lorenz and Chris Giesting qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championship after earning one of the three best times of the non-automatic qualifiers with their mark of 3:06.20. The Irish relay finished fourth in their heat but were the top time of any team not within the top three qualifiers of the three-heat race and were the ninth-best time overall.

    WOMEN’S 4x100M RELAY

    The Irish 400m relay team of Kaila Barber, Jade Barber, Michelle Brown and Aijah Urssery finished 22nd in 53.71 seconds.


    Andrew Brock placed 35th with a throw of 16.90m (55-5.50 ft.).





    Corporate Sponsors
    Team Notre Dame


      St. Joseph's Medical Center Medifast