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Men’s Track: Irish use week off to prepare for Big East

Eugenia Alfonzo | Friday, February 15, 2008

Just because the Irish have the weekend off doesn’t mean they won’t be working.

“We don’t have a meet this weekend so we’re going to be training very hard,” head coach Joe Piane said. “Especially on Saturday, we’ll be working hard and then see what happens a week from then.”

The Irish nabbed over 45 Big East qualifications during the indoor season, but are now focusing on the Big East conference championships, which take place at the Armory in New York, N.Y., on Feb. 23 and 24.

Notre Dame had some setbacks to their performance, Piane said.

“Actually a lot of people have been sick with the flu, but they have gotten better and are expecting to do well,” he said.

It’s not going to just be the flu that the Irish will be battling in a week. The Irish face many top teams at the Big East Invitational.

“University of Connecticut, Georgetown and Louisville [and Notre Dame] round out the top four teams,” Piane said. “In fact, Georgetown might be the most improved team of the Big East, while Louisville won the outdoor Big East meet last year.”

The strong showing at the Meyo Invitational last weekend helped give the Irish momentum before heading to New York next week.

“It was a great meet overall,” Piane said. “There were over thirty teams here and times were terrific, jumps and throws were very good as well.”