March 26, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - University of Notre Dame junior Megan Yanik (Plymouth, Mich./Ladywood) was selected as the BIG EAST Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week for the week of March 18-24, the conference office announce Tuesday afternoon.
Yanik, earned the accolade after achieving two first-place finishes (400mH, 4x400m relay) last weekend during Notre Dame's outdoor track season opener at the Victor Lopez Invitational on the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Yanik surpassed 23 competitors in the 400mH to capture the winning time of 59.06. The junior's time currently stands as the second-best collegiate time in the country according to the Track & Field Results Reporting System's NCAA Division I East Outdoor Qualifying List, just behind Miami's Jamika Glades (58.95).
The 400mH time also places her at the No. 1 spot in the event on the BIG EAST's Performance List and stands as the only BIG-EAST student-athlete to register under the one-minute mark this season.
Yanik ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay and assisted her Irish teammates to the first-place finish. Jade Barber, Michelle Brown, Yanik and Margaret Bamgbose recorded a winning time of 3:35.06. The foursome beat out runner-up Prairie View by 5.84 seconds, the greatest margin between any `A' team in the 19-team race.
Yanik and the Fighting Irish travel to Palo Alto, Calif., this weekend to compete in the Stanford Track and Field Invitational, while the multi-event athletes head off to Cincinnati, Ohio, to compete in the Oliver Nikoloff, March 29-30.