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ND Track and Field: Irish record ten top finishes

Observer Staff Report | Monday, April 4, 2011

After a lone first-place finish Friday in the field events, the Irish captured the top spot nine more times Saturday in the Mike Poehlein Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.

Junior Doug Onuscheck took first place in the pole vault, giving the Irish their lone top finish on the first day. Freshman Peter Kristiansen also placed third in the javelin throw.

On the women’s side, senior Theresa Cattuna crossed the finish line first in the 5,000-meter run and sophomore Nevada Sorenson won the 100-meter hurdles. Freshman Michelle Brown came out on top of two events, the 400-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.

“I gained some much needed confidence after I won both the 400 and the 200 at Purdue and that is going to carry onto my upcoming races,” Brown said. “[Irish sprits and hurdles coach Alan] Turner has been making us work extremely hard both on the track and in the weight room and the results are just starting to show in our races. We all are very excited for how fast we can run this outdoor season.”

For the men on the second day of the invitational hosted by Purdue, senior Edward Hitchler and sophomore Brendan Dougherty finished one-two in the 400-meter dash, and senior Ryan Gamboa took first-place honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

“With having to deal with the elements at Purdue, our team was very strong and still ran exceptionally well which is exciting because we know we can run much faster,” Brown said.

Notre Dame will be in action again when it travels to Louisville, Ky. to take on the Cardinals April 9.