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ND Track & Field: Irish rake in eight top-five finishes

Observer Staff Report | Monday, April 26, 2010

In their final chance to compete before the Big East Championships, the Irish put together some strong performances at the Drake Relays and the Hillsdale’s Gina Relays over the weekend.

Notre Dame tallied eight top-five finishes between the two meets, led by senior Joanna Schultz’s second place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the Drake Relays.

Junior Jasmine Williams won the women’s triple jump as seven Irish athletes placed in the top five at the Gina Relays.

In the men’s triple jump, freshman Patrick Glass and sophomore Connor Paladino finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Freshman Trent Sayers finished third in the men’s 800-meter run.

Junior Justin Schneider won the men’s pole vault as freshman teammate Jim Merchun earned a fourth place finish.

Freshman Chrissy Finkel placed fourth in the women’s pole vault.

Sophomore Andy Hills placed sixth in the men’s hammer at 52.82 meters.

After the Big East championships, the Irish will take part in three competitions before the NCAA Regionals.

The Michigan Invitational will take place May 7 and 8 in Ann Arbor. The North Central Invitational will be three days later in Naperville, Ill., and the final match before the NCAA Regionals is the Louisville Last Chance meet, set to take place May 14.