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Twelve Irish Athletes Claim All-American Honors At NCAAs

Danielle Aragon, Kelly Curran, Alexa Aragon and Michelle Brown placed third in the women's DMR with a time of 11:11.54.

March 18, 2014

NOTRE DAME, Ind. --- At last weekend’s Track and Field Indoor NCAA Championship, 12 Notre Dame athletes walked away from the competition as All-Americans. The honors went to three relay teams and three individual athletes, all of whom contributed to either the men’s 17th place finish or the women’s 29th. 

Junior Chris Giesting and senior Patrick Feeney in particular collected several points for the Irish as they both placed in multiple events. Giesting placed fifth in the 400m dash (45.74) and contributed the eighth-place finish in the 4x400m relay (3:08.51). Feeney was also on the 4x400m relay team and ran alongside Giesting to finish in seventh in the 400m dash (46.19), but he also ran the second leg of the fourth-place men’s distance medley relay team (9:41.90).

“They’re not only good runners, but they’re workhorses,” explains head coach Joe Piane. “To put their 400m races in perspective, that puts both of them in the top half of a percent of all the quarter-milers in the United States. If you get into the finals, you are unbelievably good. There are countries that can’t produce kids who are as good as those two. They’re running against Olympians from other countries.” 

The other individual athlete to be named an All-American was junior Jade Barber, who placed seventh in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.10. 

“She did a wonderful job,” Piane says. “That’s two years in a row that she’s scored at the Indoor NCAAs, which is really quite amazing.”

Finally, the women’s distance medley team of seniors Alexa Aragon, Michelle Brown and Kelly Curran and sophomore Danielle Aragon brought home a third-place finish in 11:11.54.


 

 

“Alexa led off and did exactly what we asked her to. Michelle ran a very nice leg and Dani held her ground. And then Kelly moved them up one spot,” Piane adds. “As a team, they did a really nice job.” 

Now, Piane says, the team has just a little time to rest before the start of outdoor season, as they will head to Austin, Texas for the Texas Relays next weekend.

Men’s All-Americans

4x400m Relay – 8th Place (3:08.51)

Chris Giesting

Jarrod Buchanon

Harvey Smith

Patrick Feeney

Distance Medley Relay – 4th Place (9:41.90)

J.P. Malette

Jacob Dumford

Patrick Feeney

Nick Happe

400m Dash

Chris Giesting – 5th Place (45.74)

Patrick Feeney – 7th Place (46.19) 

Women’s All-Americans 

60m Hurdles

Jade Barber – 7th Place (8.10)

Distance Medley Relay – 3rd Place (11:11.54)

Alexa Aragon

Michelle Brown

Danielle Aragon

Kelly Curran 

--Lauren Chval, Media Relations Assistant

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11:00 AM
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Notre Dame, Ind.
February 24
11:00 AM
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 25
11:00 AM
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5:00 PM
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5:00 PM
NCAA Indoor Championships
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11:00 AM
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12:00 PM
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10:00 AM
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March 31
10:00 AM
Texas Relays
Austin, Texas (University of Texas-Mike Meyers Stadium)
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Palo Alto, Calif. (Stanford University-Cobb Track)
April 1
10:00 AM
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Palo Alto, Calif. (Stanford University-Cobb Track)
April 1
10:00 AM
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April 7
11:00 AM
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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
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April 21
10:00 AM
Virginia Challenge
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April 22
10:00 AM
Virginia Challenge
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April 22
11:00 AM
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April 27
1:00 PM
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Philadelphia, Pa. (University of Penn-Ben Franklin Field)
April 28
12:00 PM
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Hillsdale, Mich. (Hillsdale College-Ken Herrick Track)
April 28
1:00 PM
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Philadelphia, Pa. (University of Penn-Ben Franklin Field)
April 29
12:00 PM
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April 29
1:00 PM
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May 6
3:00 PM
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Bloomington, Ind. (Indiana University-Haugh Track Complex)
May 12
6:00 PM
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Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
May 13
6:00 PM
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Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
May 14
6:00 PM
ACC Outdoor Championships
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May 25
3:00 PM
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Lexington, Ky. (University of Kentucky-UK Track)
May 26
3:00 PM
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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
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Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)
June 8
1:00 PM
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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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