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Men’s Track: Team takes second in Big East

Pat Stynes | Monday, February 25, 2008

The Irish finished second, 28 points behind Connecticut, in the Big East championship Sunday at the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York, NY.

Irish senior Kurt Benninger continued his record-breaking season by posting a 4:00.12 mile, which is the fastest time ever recorded at the Big East championships. He was not the only Notre Dame standout in the mile, however, – senior Jake Watson finished third in the event with a time of 4:02.72.

Junior Patrick Smyth also had an impressive weekend, winning the 5000 with a time of 13:57 and finishing fifth in the 3000-meter run with a time of 8:14.74.

Sophomore Matt Schipper showed the depth of the Irish squad. In just his second year on the team he pulled off a first place finish in pole vault. His teammate, junior Brian Mahon, followed him close behind, nabbing the third place spot.

Freshman Greg Davis finished fourth in the weight throw, and freshman Denes Veres was .46 meters away from winning the shot put, but fell just short with a second-place distance of 17.12 meters.