Dec. 6, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame men's and women's track and field teams started the 2013-14 season with a bang Friday night at the Loftus Sports Center as the Irish won 25 of 33 events at the season-opening Blue & Gold Invitational.
"I was most impressed with the 400 meter runners in both genders," says head coach Joe Piane. "Margaret Bamgbose ran exceptionally well, Michelle Brown ran very well, and then Pat Feeney and Chris Giesting were phenomenal. We probably had as many as 30 kids qualify for the ACC meet. That's an awfully good start and this is just the beginning of December."
Four members of the Irish squads also traveled to Kent, Ohio today for the Golden Gala Multis. Junior Carly Loeffel started the season off strong as she took home first place out of seven competitors in the women's indoor pentathlon. Junior Meghan Moore claimed second place in the event as well. Senior Ted Glasnow finished in second in the men's heptathlon, and sophomore Brent Swanberg claimed eighth.
60m Hurdles: Kaila Barber claimed this event definitively with a time of 8.42, more than half a second ahead of the second-place finisher. Madlen Karnatz came in third with a time of 8.98 and Laura Wendelberger finished eighth in a field of 12 runners.
1,000m: Notre Dame took three of the top four places in this event, with Kaileen Healy claiming first with a time of 2:58.76 and Karen Lesiewicz coming in second at 2:59.19. Catherine Lombardo earned her fourth of eight finish with a time of 3:02.79.
400m: Notre Dame athletes took the top two spots in the event, with Margaret Bamgbose finishing first in 54.32 and Michelle Brown coming in second with a time of 55.07. Amber Lalla claimed fifth in 57.77 and Mikaila Chamblee came in seventh with a time of 59.20.
500m: Megan Yanik claimed first for the Irish with a time of 1:13.84. Michaelle Rotondo also came in third in the event at 1:15.74.
3,000m: Former Irish All-American and volunteer assistant coach Rebecca Tracy (9:30.61) came away with the top finish in this event while Notre Dame's Taylor Driscoll finished in third with a time of 10:13.79.
4x400m Relay: The Notre Dame "A" team claimed first while the "B" team brought home third place in this event. Megan Yanik, Michelle Brown, Jade Barber and Margaret Bamgbose finished in first with a time of 3:44.74. Michelle Rotondo, Kaila Barber, Amber Lalla and Mikaila Chamblee brought home third place with a time of 3:58.89.
Pole Vault: Notre Dame took four of the top five spots in this event, including sweeping the top three. Kelly Burke (3.60m) took home first, Libby Schichtel (3.45m) placed second and Allie Sullivan (3.45m) took third. Sam Smith brought home fifth place with a distance of 3.15m.
Shot Put: Emily Morris won this event for the Irish with a throw of 15.26m. Indie Jackson (13.31m) came in second and Lena Madison (13.11m) finished third, sweeping the top three spots of the event for Notre Dame.
60m: Keith Mesidor claimed first overall for Notre Dame with a time of 6.90 in a field of 18 runners. Nick Dunn (7.15), Logan Renwick (7.16), Bryce Wood (7.17) and Carson Barnes (7.32) also swept the sixth through ninth places in the event.
200m: Keith Mesidor took home first for the Irish with a time of 21:88. Harvey Smith followed closely behind into second place at 21.91, and Alex Groesch (22.11) claimed fourth place in the event. Jarrod Buchanon (22:77) took seventh and Nick Dunn (22.79) took eighth.
400m: Patrick Feeney claimed first for the Irish with a time of 46.97 with Chris Giesting coming in just behind him into second at 47.00. John Rutkowski (48.45) and Alex Groesch (48.65) rounded out the top five with fourth and fifth place finishes for the Irish.
Mile: Christopher Quinn won this event for the Irish with a time of 4:22.05. Tim Ball also finished in fourth with a time of 4:25.11.
4x400m Relay: The Notre Dame "A" and "B" teams claimed first and second place in this event. Alex Groesch, Patrick Feeney, Harvey Smith and Chris Giesting finished in first with a time of 3:12.47. John Rutowski, Aaron Dunn, Jarrod Buchanon and Conner Stapleton brought home secondplace with a time of 3:16.86.
Long Jump: Notre Dame swept the top three spots in this event. Keith Mesidor finished in first with a distance of 7.37m. Logan Renwick came in second at 7.05m, and Carson Barnes rounded out the top three with a distance of 6.76m. George Georgaklis also placed sixth in the event at 6.27m.
Shot Put: Andrew Brock came in fourth for the Irish with a throw of 14.86m.
--Lauren Chval, Media Relations Assistant