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    FIGHTING IRISH Sophomore Kaila Barber enters the BIG EAST meet ranked first in the long jump and third in the 60m hurdles.
    Sophomore Kaila Barber enters the BIG EAST meet ranked first in the long jump and third in the 60m hurdles.

    Feb. 14, 2013


    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s track and field teams begin their quest toward a conference title Saturday as they open action in Geneva, Ohio at the 2013 BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships.

    Opened in the fall of 2010, the Spire Institute will serve as the host venue for the two-day meet

    Action gets underway Saturday morning and will conclude Sunday.

    “Both the men’s and women’s meets should produce a very competitive two days,” said head coach Joe Piane. “There are a handful of schools on both sides that could easily bring home a title, and I feel like we are among the handful that have a great shot. If we have good solid performances throughout all the events I think we should give ourselves a good chance to win.”   


    TRACK-ING THE MEET: Free live video streaming, heat sheets and results will be available on the BIG EAST’s championship central page at bigeast.org. Follow the team’s twitter page @NDXCTF for picture postings and frequent updates. Sign up for “IRISH ALERT” to get daily standings sent straight to your mobile device. Fans can access the service by visiting UND.com and clicking on the fan center tab. A complete recap and results will be posted to the team’s page at UND.com concluding each day.

    To date, 66 (30 men, 36 women) Notre Dame roster members have qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in their respective events.

    LAST YEAR’S OUTCOME: Last season at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in New York, N.Y., the men’s team won the BIG EAST Championship with a total 131 points. Notre Dame held off second place Connecticut by 28 points. The Irish and the Huskies were the only two teams to break into triple digits out of the field of 13 teams.

    The women’s squad placed fourth with a two-day total of 79 points. Notre Dame finished behind third-place Villanova by 10.50 points.

    Patrick Feeney (400m), Kevin Schipper (Pole Vault), Jeremy Rae (Mile) and Nevada Sorenson (60mH) won their respective events. Ten male student-athletes and six female student-athletes earned All-BIG EAST honors.

    Point totals to look out for this weekend are 182 for the men and 140 for the women. Those numbers represent the most points scored at a BIG EAST Indoor Championship meet by the Irish squads, respectively.

    TITLE COUNT: The men’s team enters the weekend contest with five BIG EAST Indoor Championships (last in 2012) and 17 top-three finishes. The women’s team enters with two championships (last in 2006) and seven top-three finishes.

    The Irish teams have earned seven BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year awards over the years with five coming following the men’s championships and two following the women’s championships.

    The men have also had two outstanding track performers, with the last coming in 2005 at the hands (and feet) of hurdle standout and future Olympian Selim Nurudeen.

    2012-13 BIG EAST MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Chris Giesting was awarded the honor during the week of Jan. 22 after winning the 200m (21.69), 500m (1:03.17) and contributing toward a first-place finish in the 4x400m relay (3:12.68) at the Notre Dame Invitational.  Patrick Feeney picked up the accolade during the week of Feb. 5 after winning the 400m (46.13) and helping the 4x400m relay  (3:09.93) team to a first-place finish at the Meyo Invitational.

    SCHOOL RECORDS: Three school records were broken at the Meyo Invitational this year. Danielle Aragon broke Kelly Langhan’s 2009 800m school record (2:08.24) with a time of 2:07.58. Jade Barber lowered sister Kalia Barber’s 2012 60m hurdles record (8.27) to an 8.26. On the men’s side Feeney improved his 2012 school record in the 400m from 46.55 to 46.13.

    NEVER LOOKING BACK: Patrick Feeney enters the weekend contest undefeated on the year in the 400m. He additionally leads the men’s squad with seven event victories on the year.  Feeney was named all-BIG EAST in the 400m and the 4x400m last year. Feeney additional received the honor in the 400m in 2011.

    Giesting also racked up all-BIG EAST accolades (500m, 4x400m relay) last year. The Batesville, Ind., native ranks in the top five for three BIG EAST events, while Feeney ranks in the top four in two events. Giesting enters the championship meet ranked No. 21 in the nation in the 400m, while Feeney is ranked No. 1 in the BIG EAST and No. 3 nationally.

    Feeney is seeking to become just the fourth Irish men’s indoor standout to win a single event three consecutive years at the BIG EAST Championships. He would join Kevin Schipper (pole vault) Mike Brown (pole vault) and Jason Rexing (5,000m) in the exclusive club.

    SETTING NEW HEIGHTS: Annie Polcari (pole vault) has finished fifth or better in all five meets she has participated in this season. She is credited with two first-place finishes and two second-place finishes. Polcari ranks second on the BIG EAST’s performance list (4.00m) just .20m behind Cincinnati’s MacKenzie Field.  She is also T-33rd in the nation.

    MILE MARKER: Rebecca Tracy has finished second or better each time she has ran in the mile this year. Tracy won the prestigious Meyo Mile at the Meyo Invitational with a winning time of 4:39.52. The mark ranks her fourth in the BIG EAST (and 24th nationally) just two seconds behind Syracuse’s Lauren Penney who holds the top spot.

    THE BARBER FILES: Jade and Kaila have finished third or better in each meet they have competed in this season in their respective event. Kaila Barber leads the women’s team with six event victories on the year and currently ranks No. 1 in the BIG EAST and 26th nationally in the long jump (6.12m). Jade Barber holds the top spot in the BIG EAST in the 60m hurdles with a time 8.26. Jade (14th) and Kaila (T-23rd) each crack the top-25 in the country in the 60m hurdles. Kaila ranks 26th in the nation in the long jump and Jade ranks 27th in the nation as a member on the 4x400m relay team.

    THE SORENSON FILE: Nevada Sorenson won the 60m hurdles at last year’s championship meet with a winning time of 8.36. Sorenson will look to be the second Irish women’s runner to repeat as champion in her event after Lauren King did so in the mile (2003, 2004).  Sorenson racked up a second-place finish in the 60m hurdles at the Bob Eubanks Open (8.48) and at the Meyo Invitational (8.29). Sorenson currently ranks second in the BIG EAST and 17th nationally in the 60m hurdles.

    THE ARAGON FILE: Freshman Danielle Aragon nabbed two first-place finishes on the year in the 800m. Aragon ran a winning time of 2:09.72 at the Notre Dame Invitational and a winning time of 2:07.58 at the Meyo Invitational.  Aragon ranks 33rd in the NCAA and third in the BIG EAST in the 800m.

    WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU:  Michelle Brown has finished third or better in the 400m through five meets. Brown finished first in the event at the Blue & Gold Invitational (54.79) and the Notre Dame Invitational (54.59). Brown also picked up a first-place finish in the 300m (38.76) at the Bob Eubanks Open.  She was runner-up in the 400m at the Indiana Relays crossing the line at 54.91. Brown recently finished third in the 400m (54.67) at the Meyo invitational within a field of 72 competitors.

    WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE IRISH: Notre Dame will close out the regular season in two weeks when it welcomes in some of the nation’s elite for the Alex Wilson Invitational March 1-2. The meet is the fourth at Loftus Sports Center this season and completes the Irish home meets this season.


    Patrick Feeney – 200m (4th), 400m, (1st)

    Chris Giesting – 200m (5th), 400 (4th), 500m (2nd)

    Brendan Dougherty – 400m (6th), 500m (3rd)

    Eric Gebeke – 800m (7th)

    Michael Clevenger – 5,000m (8th)

    Jarrod Buchanon – 60mH (8th)

    Keith Mesidor – Long Jump (6th)

    Logan Renwick – Triple Jump (6th)

    Andrew Brock – Shot Put (7th)

    Anthony Thomas – Weigh Throw (4th)

    Jordan Stumph – Weight Throw (6th)

    Ted Glasnow – Heptathlon (3rd)

    Dean Odegard – Heptathlon (6th)

    4x400m Relay (2nd)

    4x800m Relay (1st)



    Jade Barber – 60mH (1st)

    Kaila Barber - 200m (6th), 60mH (3rd), Long Jump (1st)

    Michelle Brown - 400m (1st)

    Margaret Bamgbose  - 400m (2nd)

    Megan Yanik – 500m (4th)

    Danielle Aragon – 800m (3rd)

    Rebecca Tracy – Mile (4th)

    Jessica Rydberg – 5,000m (7th)

    Nevada Sorenson – 60mH (2nd)

    Ann Polcari – Pole Vault (2nd)

    Kelly Burke – Pole Vault (T-6th)

    Kayla Polcari – Pole Vault (T-6th)

    Mary Esther Gourdin – Triple Jump (1st)

    Emily Morris – Shot Put (7th)

    Vivien Devaney – Weight Throw (7th)

    Carly Loeffel – Pentathlon (4th)

    Meghan Moore – Pentathlon (6th)

    4x400m Relay (1st)

    4x800m Relay (2nd)



    Patrick Feeney – 400m (46.13)

    Michelle Brown – 400m (54.59)

    Jade Barber – 60H (8.26)

    Women – 4x400m relay (3:38.50)

    Men – 4x800m relay (7:37.73)

    Women – 4x800m relay (8:47.94)

    Kaila Barber – Long Jump (6.12m)

    Mary Esther Gourdin – Triple Jump (12.54m)


    NCAA Rankings (Top-50)


    400m - Patrick Feeney (3rd), Chris Giesting (21th)

    4x400m Relay - Dougherty, Giesting, Buchanon, Feeney (19th)


    800m - Danielle Aragon (33rd)

    Mile - Rebecca Tracy (24th)

    60mH - Jade Barber (14th), Nevada Sorenson (17th), Kaila Barber (23rd)

    4x400m Relay - Barber, Brown, Yanik, Bamgbose (27th)

    Pole Vault - Ann Polcari (33rd)

    Long Jump - Kaila Barber (26th)

    Triple Jump - Mary Esther Gourdin (25th)

    Pentathlon – Carly Loeffel (40th)

    Men's BIG EAST Qualifiers (By Event - Relays Not Included)

    60m - Patrick FeeneyKeith Mesidor

    200m - Patrick FeeneyChris GiestingKeith Mesidor

    400m - Patrick FeeneyChris GiestingBrendan DoughertyAaron Dunn

    500m - Chris GiestingBrendan Dougherty

    800m - Eric GebekeSteve BlazerChris GiestingEddy GibbonsJack FavoriteSpencer Rheinhardt

    1,000m - Kevin ByrneSteve Blazer

    Mile - DJ ThorntonMichael Clevenger

    3,000m - Jake KildooJeff MacMillanWalter SchaferMichael Clevenger

    5,000m - Michael ClevengerJake KildooMartin GradyJeff MacMillanWalter Schafer

    60m Hurdles - Jarrod BuchanonBryce Wood

    Pole Vault - David SchipperPatrick KrachDean OdegardTed Glasnow

    Long Jump - Keith MesidorLogan RenwickTed Glasnow

    Triple Jump - Logan Renwick

    Shot Put - Andrew Brock

    Weight Throw - Anthony ThomasJordan StumphDominick Padovano

    Heptathlon - Ted GlasnowDean OdegardBrent Swanberg

    Women's BIG EAST Qualifiers (By Event - Relays Not Included)

    60m - Kaila BarberJade BarberAijah Urssery

    200m - Kaila BarberMargaret BamgboseJaclyn WinkelMegan YanikJade BarberAmber Lalla, Aijah Urssery

    400m - Michelle BrownMargaret BamgboseJaclyn WinkelMegan YanikJade BarberAmber Lalla

    500m - Megan YanikJaclyn WinkelAmber Lalla

    800m - Danielle AragonKelly CurranAngela RyckMcKinzie SchulzSydni MeunierKaileen HealyKelsey Amarosa

    1,000m - McKinzie SchulzDanielle AragonAngela RyckKelly CurranSydni MeunierEmily Frydrych

    Mile - Rebecca TracyAlexa AragonKelly CurranMcKinzie SchulzSydni Meunier

    3,000m - Alexa AragonMeg RyanRebecca TracyKelly CurranMcKinzie Schulz

    5,000m - Jessica RydbergGabby Gonzales

    60m Hurdles - Jade BarberNevada SorensonKaila BarberMeghan MooreCarly Loeffel

    High Jump - Kendra JenningsCarly Loeffel

    Pole Vault - Ann PolcariKelly BurkeKayla PolcariChrissy Finkel

    Long Jump - Kaila BarberJessie ChristianCarly LoeffelMeghan Moore

    Triple Jump - Mary Esther GourdinJessie Christian

    Shot Put - Emily MorrisMadeline CasanovaEmily Kujawski

    Weight Throw - Vivien DevaneyMadeline CasanovaIhuoma NwaogwugwuEmily MorrisLena Madison

    Pentathlon - Carly LoeffelMeghan Moore

    Men's BIG EAST Qualifiers (By Person - Relays Not Included)

    Steve Blazer - 800m, 1,000m

    Andrew Brock - Shot Put

    Kevin Byrne - 1,000m

    Jarrod Buchanon - 60m Hurdles

    Michael Clevenger - Mile, 3,000m, 5,000m

    Brendan Dougherty - 400m, 500m

    Aaron Dunn - 400m

    Jack Favorite - 800m

    Patrick Feeney - 60m, 200m, 400m

    Eric Gebeke - 800m

    Eddy Gibbons - 800m

    Chris Giesting - 200m, 400m, 500m, 800m

    Ted Glasnow - Pole Vault, Long Jump, Heptathlon

    Martin Grady - 5,000m

    Jake Kildoo - 3,000m, 5,000m

    Patrick Krach - Pole Vault

    Jeff MacMillan - 3,000m, 5,000m

    Keith Mesidor - 60m, 200m, Long Jump

    Dean Odegard - Pole Vault, Heptathlon

    Dominick Padovano - Weight Throw

    Logan Renwick - Long Jump, Triple Jump

    Spencer Rheinhardt - 800m

    Walter Schafer - 3,000m, 5,000m

    David Schipper - Pole Vault

    Jordan Stumph - Weight Throw

    Brent Swanberg

    Anthony Thomas - Weight Throw

    DJ Thornton - Mile

    Bryce Wood - 60m Hurdles

    Women's BIG EAST Qualifiers (By Person - Relays Not Included)

    Kelsey Amarosa - 800m

    Alexa Aragon - Mile, 3,000m

    Danielle Aragon - 800m, 1,000m

    Margaret Bamgbose - 200m, 400m

    Jade Barber - 60m, 200m, 400m, 60m Hurdles

    Kaila Barber - 60m, 200m, Long Jump

    Michelle Brown - 400m

    Kelly Burke - Pole Vault

    Madeline Casanova, Weight Throw

    Jessie Christian - Long Jump, Triple Jump

    Kelly Curran - 800m, 1,000m, Mile, 3,000m

    Vivien Devaney - Weight Throw

    Chrissy Finkel - Pole Vault

    Emily Frydrych - 1,000m

    Gabby Gonzales - 5,000m

    Mary Esther Gourdin - Triple Jump

    Kaileen Healy - 800m

    Kendra Jennings - High Jump

    Emily Kujawski - Shot Put

    Amber Lalla - 200m, 400m, 500m

    Carly Loeffel - 60m Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, Pentathlon

    Lena Madison - Weight Throw

    Sydni Meunier - 800m, 1,000m, Mile

    Meghan Moore - 60m Hurdles, Long Jump, Pentathlon

    Emily Morris - Shot Put, Weight Throw

    Ihuoma Nwaogwugwu - Weight Throw

    Ann Polcari - Pole Vault

    Kayla Polcari - Pole Vault

    Meg Ryan - 3,000m

    Angela Ryck - 800m, 1,000m

    Jessica Rydberg - 5,000m

    McKinzie Schulz - 800m, 1,000m, Mile, 3,000m

    Nevada Sorenson - 60m Hurdles

    Rebecca Tracy - Mile, 3,000m

    Aijah Urssery - 60m, 200m

    Jaclyn Winkel - 200m, 400m, 500m

    Megan Yanik - 200m, 400m, 500m




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