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Irish Welcome Some Of Nation's Best For Alex Wilson Invitational

Junior Michelle Brown was crowned a champion in the 400m and the 4x400 relay last weekend at the BIG EAST Championship.

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s track and field teams close out the 2012-13 home schedule this weekend as the Irish welcome in some of the nation’s best for the Alex Wilson Invitational Friday and Saturday at the Loftus Sports Center.

The fourth and final home meet of the year will serve as an NCAA sanctioned last chance meet as participants look to earn an invitation into the NCAA Indoor Championship (March 8-9) by being one of the best in the nation in their respective event.

Former Notre Dame head coach Alex Wilson is the name behind the meet. Wilson was a middle distance track star for the Irish, earning All-America honors from 1930-32. He then coached the squad from 1950-72, highlighted by winning the 1957 NCAA Cross Country Championship. He eventually earned a place in the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame in 2008. Wilson was also inducted into the Canadian Track Hall of Fame in 1954 and the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame in 1967. In his running days for his native Canada, Wilson won a silver medal in the 800m run at the 1928 Olympics and a bronze medal in the 400m dash at the 1932 Olympics.

The women’s weight throw is set to open the meet at 6:00 p.m. Friday, while Saturday’s action will get underway at 11 a.m. with the men’s triple jump. Free posters and lacrosse jerseys will be given out Saturday to students with a valid student ID while supplies last.

Follow Notre Dame Cross Country/Track & Field on Facebook and @NDXCTF on Twitter for updates, results and photos. Live scoring will be available on UND.com.

Last year at the Alex Wilson, Notre Dame advanced six student-athletes to the NCAA championship meet. Across the board the invitational proved to boast a competitive field as seven meet and three track records were broken. The Irish combined for nine top-five finishes and one runner-up finish (Aijah Urssery-200m).

Notre Dame enters the weekend contest after securing the program’s third BIG EAST indoor title on the women’s side and a second-place finish on the men’s side Feb. 16-17 during the conference championships inside the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Jade Barber tied with Villanova’s Emily Lipari to become the first woman in program history to win the most outstanding track performer award at the indoor meet.

The Irish set three new school records, housed seven event champions and earned 20 all-BIG EAST scrolls at the championship meet.

To date, Notre Dame has a student-athlete ranked in the nation’s top-50 in 14 events, including three members in the men’s 400m rankings , three athletes in the women’s 60m hurdles rankings and two in the women’s mile rankings. Chris Giesting looks to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championship for the second consecutive year after he did so last year as a member of the distance medley relay team.

Following the Alex Wilson Invitational, qualifying roster members will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships, March 8-9.

Top-50 Indoor NCAA Qualifying List:

Men

5. Patrick Feeney – 400m (46.12)

18. Dougherty, Giesting, Buchanon and Feeney – 4x400m Relay (3:08.28)

29. Ted Glasnow – Heptathlon (5,493 points)

32. Chris Giesting – 400m (46.98)

43. Brendan Dougherty – 400m (47.07)

Women

10. Curran, Lalla, Tracy and Aragon – Distance Medley Relay (11:07.32)

16. Jade Barber – 60mH (8.23)

21. Michelle Brown – 400m (53.30)

22. Barber, Brown, Bamgbose and Yanik – 4x400 Relay (3:36.88)

26. Nevada Sorenson – 60mH (8.29)

27. Rebecca Tracy – Mile (4:39.52)

32. Kaila Barber – 60mH (8.32)

32. Kaila Barber – Long Jump (6.12m)

33. Carly Loeffel – Pentathlon (3,915 points)

39. Annie Polcari – Pole Vault (4.00m)

41. Mary Esther Gourdin – Triple Jump (12.54m)

43. Danielle Aragon – 800m (2:07.58)

43. Kelly Curran – Mile (4:41.90)

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Event Calendar

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December 2
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Blue & Gold Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
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Blue & Gold Invitational Meet Information
Blue & Gold Invitational Schedule
January 14
11:00 AM
Illini Classic
Champaign, Ill. (University of Illinois-Armory)
January 21
11:00 AM
Notre Dame Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.

Notre Dame Invitational Meet Information
Notre Dame Invitational Schedule
January 28
10:00 AM
Big Ten/Power 5 Clash
Iowa City, Iowa (University of Iowa-Recreation Bldg.)
February 3
10:00 AM
Meyo Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.

Meyo Invitational Meet Information
Meyo Invitational Schedule
February 4
10:00 AM
Meyo Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 10
12:00 PM
Spire D-I Invitational
Geneva, Ohio (Spire Institute)
February 10
12:00 PM
Tiger Paw Invitational
Clemson, S.C. (Clemson University-Indoor Track & Field Complex)
February 10
12:00 PM
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa (Iowa State University-Lied Recreation Center)
February 11
12:00 PM
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa (Iowa State University-Lied Recreation Center)
February 11
12:00 PM
Tiger Paw Invitational
Clemson, S.C. (Clemson University-Indoor Track & Field Complex)
February 11
12:00 PM
Spire D-I Invitational
Geneva, Ohio (Spire Institute)
February 18
10:00 AM
Alex Wilson Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 23
11:00 AM
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 24
11:00 AM
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 25
11:00 AM
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
March 10
5:00 PM
NCAA Indoor Championships
College Station, Texas (Texas A&M-Gilliam Indoor Stadium)
March 11
5:00 PM
NCAA Indoor Championships
College Station, Texas (Texas A&M-Gilliam Indoor Stadium)
March 18
11:00 AM
Yellow Jacket Invitational
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
March 24
12:00 PM
Raleigh Relays
Raleigh, N.C. (NC State-Paul Derr Track)
March 25
12:00 PM
Raleigh Relays
Raleigh, N.C. (NC State-Paul Derr Track)
March 30
10:00 AM
Texas Relays
Austin, Texas (University of Texas-Mike Meyers Stadium)
March 31
10:00 AM
Texas Relays
Austin, Texas (University of Texas-Mike Meyers Stadium)
March 31
10:00 AM
Stanford Invitational
Palo Alto, Calif. (Stanford University-Cobb Track)
April 1
10:00 AM
Stanford Invitational
Palo Alto, Calif. (Stanford University-Cobb Track)
April 1
10:00 AM
Texas Relays
Austin, Texas (University of Texas-Mike Meyers Stadium)
April 7
11:00 AM
Sun Angel Track Classic
Tempe, Ariz. (Arizona State University-Sun Angel Track)
April 8
11:00 AM
Sun Angel Track Classic
Tempe, Ariz. (Arizona State University-Sun Angel Track)
April 15
12:00 PM
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Louisville, Ky. (University of Louisville-Cardinal Park)
April 21
10:00 AM
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va. (University of Virginia-Lannigan Field)
April 22
10:00 AM
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va. (University of Virginia-Lannigan Field)
April 22
11:00 AM
Michael Johnson Invitational
Waco, Texas (Baylor University-Clyde Hart T&F Stadium)
April 27
1:00 PM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa. (University of Penn-Ben Franklin Field)
April 28
12:00 PM
Gina Relays
Hillsdale, Mich. (Hillsdale College-Ken Herrick Track)
April 28
1:00 PM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa. (University of Penn-Ben Franklin Field)
April 29
12:00 PM
Gina Relays
Hillsdale, Mich. (Hillsdale College-Ken Herrick Track)
April 29
1:00 PM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa. (University of Penn-Ben Franklin Field)
May 6
3:00 PM
Billy Hayes Invitational
Bloomington, Ind. (Indiana University-Haugh Track Complex)
May 12
6:00 PM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
May 13
6:00 PM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
May 14
6:00 PM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
May 25
3:00 PM
NCAA East Regional
Lexington, Ky. (University of Kentucky-UK Track)
May 26
3:00 PM
NCAA East Regional
Lexington, Ky. (University of Kentucky-UK Track)
May 27
3:00 PM
NCAA East Regional
Lexington, Ky. (University of Kentucky-UK Track)
June 7
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)
June 8
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)
June 9
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)
June 10
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)

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