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Track and Field: Irish head to Ky. for meet

Joe Wirth | Friday, April 8, 2011

Coming off a strong performance in the Mike Poehlein Invitational at Purdue, and with the season winding down, the Irish need to keep playing at a high level this weekend as they head to Kentucky for the Louisville Border Battle.

The meet’s participants are Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana and Notre Dame.

Irish sophomore Jeremy Rae said the team has performed well, but they would like to continue their success so they have more representatives at the Big East championships.

“Team-wise, we’d like to get more people qualified for the Big East championships that are taking place less than a month from now,” Rae said.

Rae said he has high personal expectations for the race, but he also sees the invitational as an opportunity to prepare for next week’s Mount SAC Relays in California.

“Individually I’ll be running an 800-meter, which is shorter than I typically race but will help get me prepared for my next 1500-meter in Los Angeles next week,” Rae said.

Junior Sean Lindbloom, who was recently sidelined for the season due to injury, said the team has handled the transition from the indoor season to the outdoor season well.

“Moving into the outdoor season, the team has been steadily improving in order to move closer to an outdoor Big East championship,” Lindbloom said.

Another Irish runner looking to make an impact is freshman Michelle Brown, who placed first in the women’s 200-meter and 400-meter dashes last week at Purdue and will attempt to build on that success at the meet.

The event will take place all day Saturday at the University of Louisville’s track and field facilities.