Track & Field

Irish Embark On Split Squad Weekend

April 19, 2018

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By Matt Paras

NOTRE DAME, Indiana –
With three weeks between now and the 2018 ACC Outdoor Championships, the Notre Dame Track & Field heads out on an important split squad weekend. A group of distance runners will head to Charlottesville for the two-day Virginia Challenge while the rest of the team goes south to Waco for the Michael Johnson Invitational.

WHAT: Virginia Challenge
WHEN: April 20-21, 2018
WHERE: Lannigan Field (Charlottesville, Va.)
FRIDAY BROADCAST (7pm): ACC Network Extra
LIVE RESULTS: Virginia Challenge Live Results

WHAT: Michael Johnson Invitational
WHEN: April 21, 2018
WHERE: Clyde Hart Track & Field Stadium (Waco, Texas)
FLOTRACK STREAM ($): Flotrack Stream
LIVE RESULTS: Michael Johnson Invite Live Results

Virginia Challenge

With the conference championship just three weeks away, the Virginia Challenge is an important meet for the distance runners as they get into form for the final stretch of the regular season.

Last season at Charlottesville, Jessica Harris broke her own school record in the 800m and set two personal records over the weekend. She finished third in the 800m with a personal record of 2:03.23 and also finished third in the 1500m. Harris will be running in the 800m and 1500m once again this weekend.

Kelly Hart and Samantha Murray will be joining Harris in the 800m. Hart, an Arlington, Va. native, will be running against a number of familiar faces in Charlottesville this weekend. She placed 12th overall last year in the 800m.

Annie Heffernan and Rachel DaDamio will be representing the Irish in the women’s 5000m. Last year, Heffernan finished runner-up in her first collegiate attempt at the 10000m run. DaDamio holds the team-best time in the 5000m this outdoor season when she ran a 16:31.44 at the Raleigh Relays.

On the men’s side in the 5000m, four freshmen will be running for the Irish. Andrew Alexander, Brian Griffith, Peter Monahan, Kevin Salvano will take on a field of 70 runners Saturday night. Alexander holds the team-best time in the 5000m with a 14:30.98 in a seventh-place finish at the Stanford Invitational.

The meet begins with the men’s discus at 11 a.m. ET Friday morning but the first event for the Irish will not be until the evening portion. Anthony Williams will kick of the meet for Notre Dame in the 3000m steeplechase, which is set to start at 7:52 p.m.

Michael Johnson Invitational

The rest of the Irish squad will be facing off with 11 teams at the Michael Johnson Invitational on Saturday. Last year, the Irish set a school record and recorded a number of top-10 finishes at Waco.

Nathan Richartz picked up his fourth win in as many meets this season in the pole vault at Louisville after clearing 5.40m (17-08.50). He won the pole vault event for the second-straight week last season at the Michael Johnson Invitational when he cleared 5.41m (17-09.00) and will be vaulting again this weekend. Richartz’s school record vault from the Hurricane Invitational still ranks fourth in the country and first in the ACC going into this weekend (5.60m, 18-04.50).

Jordan Shead is coming off her first win of the season in the 400m hurdles last week at the Louisville Invitational. This weekend, she will be running in the 200m and 400m dash along with the 4x400m relay. Shead currently holds the team-best time in the 200m (23.35) and the 400m (53.31) this season.

Shead will be joined by Michaela Butler, Naya Sharp, Madysen Hunter, Allison Bartoszewicz and Kyla Lewis in the women’s 200m dash. Bartoszewicz finished fourth last weekend at the Louisville Invitational in the 200m with a 24.44.

Edward Cheatham, Harvey Smith and Zachary Zajdel will represent the Irish on the men’s side in the 200m dash. Cheatham set a personal record in the 200m (22.42) at the Stanford Invitational and Zajdel set a PR in the 200m last week at the Louisville Invitational (21.44).

The men’s hammer and women’s javelin will kick the meet off Saturday morning. Both events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET.


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.



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