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Irish post 19 Big East qualifying marks

Joe Meixell | Monday, March 26, 2007

Notre Dame posted Mideast regional qualifying times in seven events this weekend at the Arizona State Clif Bar Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. In addition, the team posted 19 Big East championship qualifying marks in both the relay events and the individual races. Leading the Irish was senior Maryann Erigha, who qualified for the regional in three events. Erigha won the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.91 seconds and qualified in the event for the fourth year in a row. She also ran in the 4×100 meter relay with senior Okechi Oqbuokiri, freshman Joanna Schultz and junior Domenique Manning. The team won the race with a time of 45.46 seconds. Finally, she ran the anchor leg of the 4×400 meter relay along with Oqbuokiri, Schultz and senior Crysta Swayzer. The team finished fourth in 3:41.12.Freshmen Balazs Molnar had a strong meet, finishing fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.36 seconds. That mark gave Molnar the third-fastest time in school history. The meet was Molnar’s first of the year since the 400-meter hurdles is not run during the indoor season. Molnar also ran in the 4×400 meter relay with senior Ryan Postel, senior Jordan Powell and junior Austin Wechter. The team ran the second-fastest time in school history, finishing in 3:09.38, and finished in second place.Postel, in addition to the relay, won the 400-meter dash outright in 47.20 seconds. He has qualified for the Mideast regionals in the 400-meter dash in three of the last four years.Junior hammer thrower Kyle Annen posted a throw of 57.36 meters, setting the eighth-highest mark in school history and qualifying in the event for the third year in a row.Erigha also won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.77 seconds. That put her two-hundreths of a second away from a fourth regional qualifying time. Schultz and Oqbuokiri finished second and third, respectively, behind Erigha in the 200 meter dash. Schultz had a time of 24.51 seconds; Oqbuokiri crossed the line in 24.60 seconds.Senior Christopher Jacques placed third in the long jump, leaping 7.00 meters. Sophomore Lauren Biscardi and senior Cassie Gullickson both finished in the top five in the high jump. Biscardi placed second, clearing 1.70 meters, and Gullickson cleared 1.65 meters to finish fifth. She also placed fifth in the triple jump, finishing with a distance of 11.63 meters.The Irish also had a top-five finisher in the men’s high jump. Sophomore Blair Majcina cleared 2.05 meters and finished third.