Feb. 16, 2018
Alex Wilson Invite Schedule
By Matt Paras
NOTRE DAME, Indiana - The Notre Dame track and field program will have one last opportunity this weekend for individuals to improve their times for the upcoming ACC Championships. 28 teams will have athletes compete at the Alex Wilson Invitational with hopes of qualifying for the conference meets and improve their times to move up the national ranks.
WHAT: Alex Wilson Invitational
WHEN: Saturday, February 18 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Loftus Sports Center
LIVE RESULTS: Alex Wilson Live Results
What to Watch
The Distance Medley Relay will be one of the premier events of the meet as a number of the top teams in the country will be competing. The event will be split up into even sections which will create very competitive races and fast times.
“The Distance Medley Relay will have a strong field this weekend with most teams looking to move up the national ranks,” said associate head coach Matt Sparks. “In the past, a number of national qualifiers have come out of this meet.”
The Irish will have Yared Nuguse, Jacob Dumford, Elijah Silva and Edward Cheatham run in the distance medley relay. It will be the first time the Irish run the DMR this indoor season.
The mile will be another event that has a strong field of runners and the Irish will be well represented on the men’s and women’s side. Billy Dolan, Brian Griffith, Parker Jones, Brent Kennedy, Yared Nuguse, Connor Sheryak and Vincent Zona are all scheduled to run in the event for the men. Rachel DaDamio, Annasophia Keller, Stephanie Knight and Madison Ronzone will run for the women.
Matthew Birzer will be back competing at the high jump this weekend. Birzer has won the high jump in every meet he has competed at in 2018. Last time out, he finished in a tie for first at the Meyo Invitational. Birzer set a personal record with a 2.19m (7’ 7.25”). That mark currently ranks third in the ACC and tied for 17th nationally.
Notre Dame will travel to Clemson, South Carolina next week for the ACC Indoor Championships. The championships will begin on Thursday February 22nd and run until Saturday February 24th.
Matt Paras, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since January 2018. In his role, he coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women's lacrosse and cross country/track & field programs. A native of Warwick, Rhode Island, Paras is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in Sport Administration. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, he worked at Vanderbilt University as the sports information contact for the women's soccer and lacrosse programs.