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Men’s Track and Field: Spartans, Golden Eagles visit Loftus

Eugenia Alfonzo | Friday, January 25, 2008

Notre Dame has a chance to improve its conference résumé today when it hosts Marquette and Michigan State in the Notre Dame Invitational at 5 p.m. in Loftus.

The Irish have already secured more than 40 Big East qualifying times for the conference meet in February.

Senior Kurt Benninger, who set the NCAA provisional mark for the 3,000-meter race with a time of 8:05.22 during the Blue and Gold meet on Dec. 7, has more of a team goal for tonight’s meet.

“It’s going to be a little bit different because before I was trying to qualify for the NCAA last meet,” Benninger said. “[Today] I’ll be pacing teammates in the beginning and then try to break four minutes [in the mile].”

The team shows no signs of relinquishing intensity, judging from last week’s performance and its mental attitude, Benninger said.

“It’s pretty easy to keep [the intensity] up; everyone knows that the Big East and NCAA are big meets,” Benninger said. “It’s really not that hard to get up for it.”