April 18, 2017
By Megan Golden
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Tuesday that senior Nathan Richartz has been named the Men’s Field Performer of the Week following a record-setting performance on Saturday at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Louisville.
Richartz vaulted 5.51m, setting a Notre Dame program record and a meet record. The mark ranks second-best in the conference and tied for eighth-best in the country this season.
Richartz tied for sixth place with a 5.45m jump at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in March. The three-time All-American won the pole vault at the 2016 ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships and finished third overall at the 2017 ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships.
The honor marks the second of Richartz’s four-year career. The Island Lake, Illinois, native received conference honors after vaulting 5.50m during the indoor season.
The Irish return to action in split-squad meets at the Virginia Challenge at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 21-22, at Lannigan Field (Charlottesville, Virginia). Richartz and several Notre Dame athletes will compete at the Michael Johnson Invitational at Baylor’s Clyde Hart Track & Field Stadium (Waco, Texas) at 11 a.m. ET on April 22.
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Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women's lacrosse and cross country/track and field programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary's College and former Irish women’s basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.