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Men’s Track and Field: Runners look to carry momentum

Eugenia Alfonzo | Friday, February 1, 2008

After an impressive first-place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational last Friday, the Irish will travel to Bloomington today for the Indiana Relays at Indiana University.

For the races, the Irish will depend on junior Billy Buzaid and senior Bob Kueny to continue their stellar performances from the Notre Dame Invitational in the 500-meter dash. Senior Kurt Benninger, who obtained an NCAA provisional time of 4:02.9 in the mile, will lead the middle- and long-distance group.

Sophomore Blake Choplin and senior Jake Watson who both finished with season-best times in the 800-meter run of 1:51.1 and 1:51.38, respectively, will also aid the middle and long-distance teams.

Sophomore Eric Quick, freshman Greg Davis and sophomore Brandon Denon are also expected to turn in strong performances for the Irish.

The Indiana Relays is the largest meet yet and the Irish are likely to be challenged as they take on Cincinnati, Marquette, and DePaul.

Already qualified for the Big East, many of the Irish runners, throwers, and jumpers are looking to achieve the fastest possible seed times for the Big East Conference Championship on Feb. 23 and 24.