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    FIGHTING IRISH Sophomore Patrick Feeney helped the 4x400m relay team to victory on Friday.
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    Sophomore Patrick Feeney helped the 4x400m relay team to victory on Friday.
    FIGHTING IRISH

    Dec. 2, 2011

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    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Notre Dame track and field program opened its 2011-12 season on Friday in impressive fashion, as the Irish won 20 events and qualified 60 student-athletes for February's BIG EAST Indoor Championships.

    "We had a really good day all around," said head coach Joe Piane. "We were really pleased with how many people qualified for the BIG EAST meet. The whole objective of this meet is to give kids a chance to compete and to try and get BIG EAST qualifying marks. We did that today."

    Highlighting the meet on the women's side was freshman Kaila Barber, who won four events in the 60m hurdles, 400m dash, long jump and 4x400m relay. Aijah Urssery won the 60 and 200m dashes.  

    On the men's side, Jarrod Buchanon impressed in the 60m hurdles, as did freshman Chris Giesting in the 400m dash. In the 5,000m run, the Irish qualified seven runners for the BIG EAST meet.

    Notre Dame returns to action in two weeks when it travels to the Grand Valley Holiday Invitational in Allendale, Mich.

    Event-by-Event Results

    Women's 60M Hurdles
    The Irish took the top three positions, with junior Nevada Sorenson finishing second (8.54) between the freshman Barber twins, Kaila (8.51) and Jade (8.82). All three marks were BIG EAST qualifying marks.

    Men's 60M Hurdles
    Sophomore Jarrod Buchanon breezed to first place in the 60m hurdles, winning in a BIG EAST qualifying time of 8.14.

    Women's 1,000M
    Notre Dame took the top three spots in the 1,000m, with freshman Emily Frydrych (2:52.09) leading the way. Following behind Frydrych were Allison Schroeder (2:52.47) and Angela Ryck (2:52.92). All three qualified for the BIG EAST Championships.

    Men's 1,000M
    A trio of Irish runners led the way in the men's 1,000m, as DJ Thornton (2:26.58), Kevin Byrne (2:26.71) and Randall Babb (2:26.77) swept the top three spots. All three qualified for the event at the BIG EAST Championships.

    Women's 60M
    Sophomore Aijah Urssery cruised to victory in the 60m dash, earning a spot in the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 7.64.

    Men's 60M
    Freshman Keith Mesidor was the top Notre Dame finisher in the 60m dash, taking third in 7.07.

    Women's 400M
    The Irish went first and second in the women's 400m, with K. Barber winning her second event of the night in 56.83. Sophomore Michelle Brown took second in 57.18. Those two, along with fifth place finisher Natalie Geiger (57.94), ran BIG EAST qualifying times.

    Men's 400M
    Notre Dame took the top three spots in the men's 400m dash, with freshman Chris Giesting taking first in 47.40. Following Giesting was sophomore Patrick Feeney (47.51) and junior Brendan Dougherty (48.46). All three times were BIG EAST qualifying times.

    Women's Mile
    Freshman Katherine Stultz won the mile run in a BIG EAST qualifying time of 5:07.67, while fellow freshman Katie Moran took third in 5:12.00.

    Men's Mile
    The only Irish runner in the field was freshman Chris Quinn, who placed fourth in 4:36.19.

    Women's 500M
    Freshman Michelle Rotondo finished tops for the Irish, claiming fourth in 1:18.89.

    Men's 5,000M
    The Irish dominated the 5,000m run, taking seven of the top eight spots. Fresh off cross country nationals, Jeff MacMillian (14:32.81), Jordan Carlson (14:32.94) and J.P. Malette (14:33.14) took the top three spots, all turning in BIG EAST qualifying times. Also earning qualifying times were Martin Grady (14:35.09), Jake Kildoo (14:38.02), Kelly Lynch (14:42.25) and Joe Miller (14:42.78).

    Women's 800M
    Sophomore Colleen Boyle was the top Irish finisher in the 800m, taking second in 2:23.92.

    Men's 800M
    An all Irish 800m saw Mitchell Lorenz take first in a BIG EAST qualifying time of 1:54.17. Max Cruz (1:54.73) and Steve Blazer (1:55.11) also earned BIG EAST qualifying marks.  

    Women's 200M
    Urssery and Brown went one and two in the 200m dash with times of 25.18 and 25.44, respectively. Both earned a spot at the BIG EAST Championships with their times.

    Men's 200M
    A pair of Irish runners earned BIG EAST qualifying times in the 200m. Buchanon (22.55) and Mesidor (22.59) finished second and third, respectively.

    Women's 3,000M
    Sophomore McKinzie Schulz claimed fourth and earned a BIG EAST qualifying mark with a time of 9:38.80.

    Men's 3,000M
    Sophomore Patrick Lesiewicz was the top finisher for the Irish, placing fourth in 8:44.15.

    Women's 4x400M Relay
    The Irish won the 4x400m relay by almost five seconds, as the team of J. Barber, Geiger, Brown and K. Barber finished in a time of 3:51.49.

    Men's 4x400M Relay
    The Notre Dame men's 4x400m relay team completed the sweep in the relay events, as the team of Feeney, Buchanon, Dougherty and Giesting won in a time of 3:18.36.

    Women's High Jump
    Senior Maddie Buttinger continued her strong career in the high jump, taking the top spot with a leap of 1.73m. Freshman Fiona Paladino claimed second with a leap of 1.68m, with fellow freshman Carly Loeffel checking in at third (1.63m). Buttinger's and Paladino's leaps were good for a BIG EAST Championships berth.

    Men's High Jump
    Notre Dame's Doug Onuscheck took second in the high jump with a BIG EAST qualifying leap of 2.01m. Freshman Peter Sullivan also qualified for the BIG EAST Championships, placing fourth with a leap of 1.96m.

    Women's Pole Vault
    Sophomore Kelly Burke won with a vault of 3.55m, good for a BIG EAST Championship berth.

    Men's Pole Vault
    Reigning BIG EAST champion Kevin Schipper easily took the men's pole vault with a vault of 5.05m. Brother, David, took second with a vault of 4.55m. Both Schippers, along with Patrick Krach (4.35m), earned BIG EAST qualifying marks.

    Men's Long Jump
    A pair of Irish long jumpers placed in the top three as Mesidor (6.78m) and sophomore Logan Renwick (6.71m) took second and third, respectively. Both distances were good for a BIG EAST berth.

    Women's Long Jump
    K. Barber continued her impressive opening night for Notre Dame, as she won the long jump with a BIG EAST qualifying leap of 5.65m. Following Barber were fellow freshman Mary Esther Gourdin (5.49m) and Buttinger (5.48m).

    Men's Triple Jump
    Renwick led the way for the Irish, winning the triple jump with a BIG EAST qualifying leap of 14.25m.

    Women's Triple Jump
    Freshman Gourdin won the women's triple jump with a BIG EAST qualifying leap of 11.43m.

    Men's Weight Throw
    Notre Dame claimed four of the top six spots in the men's weight throw. Anthony Thomas (16.91m) was followed by Andrew Hills (16.88m) and Jordan Stumph (16.63m) in the top three. Mike Smigelski (15.79m) placed sixth. All four throws were BIG EAST qualifying throws.   

    Women's Weight Throw
    Notre Dame placed four throwers in the top seven, with all throws BIG EAST qualifying throws. Mason Bashaw (3rd, 16.35m), Emily Kujawski (5th, 15.67m), Emily Morris (15.63m) and Madeline Casanova (7th, 15.47m) led the way for the Irish.

    Men's Shot Put
    Hills (16.75m) and Andrew Brock (16.37m) took third and fourth, with both earning BIG EAST qualifying marks.

    Women's Shot Put
    Morris (13.75m) and Casanova (13.25m) placed second and third, respectively, and each earned a spot in the BIG EAST Championships.

    BIG EAST Qualifying Marks

    Women's 60M Hurdles
    Kaila Barber
    Nevada Sorenson
    Jade Barber

    Men's 60M Hurdles
    Jarrod Buchanon

    Women's 1,000M
    Emily Frydrych
    Allison Schroeder
    Angela Ryck

    Men's 1,000M
    DJ Thornton
    Kevin Byrne
    Randall Babb
    Eddy Gibbons
    Jack Favorite

    Women's 60M
    Aijah Urssery

    Women's 400M
    Kaila Barber
    Michelle Brown
    Natalie Geiger

    Men's 400M
    Chris Giesting
    Patrick Feeney
    Brendan Dougherty

    Women's Mile
    Katherine Stultz

    Men's 5,000M
    Jeff MacMillian
    Jordan Carlson
    J.P. Malette
    Martin Grady
    Jake Kildoo
    Kelly Lynch
    Joe Miller

    Men's 800M
    Mitchell Lorenz
    Max Cruz
    Steve Blazer

    Women's 200M
    Aijah Urssery

    Men's 200M
    Jarrod Buchanon
    Keith Mesidor

    Women's 3,000M
    McKinzie Schulz

    Women's High Jump
    Maddie Buttinger
    Fiona Paladino

    Men's Pole Vault
    Kevin Schipper
    David Schipper
    Patrick Krach

    Women's Long Jump
    Kaila Barber

    Men's Long Jump
    Keith Mesidor
    Logan Renwick

    Women's Long Jump
    Kaila Barber

    Men's Triple Jump
    Logan Renwick

    Women's Triple Jump
    Mary Esther Gourdin

    Men's Weight Throw
    Anthony Thomas
    Andrew Hills
    Jordan Stumph
    Mike Smigelski

    Women's Weight Throw
    Mason Bashaw
    Emily Kujawski
    Emily Morris
    Madeline Casanova

    Men's Shot Put
    Andrew Hills
    Andrew Brock

    Women's Shot Put
    Emily Morris
    Madeline Casanova

    Women's Pole Vault

    Kelly Burke

    Men's High Jump
    Doug Onuscheck
    Peter Sullivan


     

     

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