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ND Women’s Track: Irish sweep top 4 mile spots at Indy invite

Andy Ziccarelli | Monday, February 4, 2008

Building on last week’s success at the Notre Dame Invitational, the Irish set themselves apart again this weekend at the Indiana Invitational. The foursome of Marissa Treece, Amy Kohlmeier, Lindsey Ferguson and Becca Bauman rolled over the competition, finishing with the top four spots in the mile run.

The meet consisted of 20 other teams, including No. 22 Indiana and Big East rivals Marquette and Cincinnati.

Despite the stiff competition, the mile runners were able to come home with the top times. Treece captured first with a time of 5:04.00, while Kohlmeier was right on her heels with a time of 5:04.96. Ferguson finished in 5:07.67 and Bauman posted a time of 5:08.94. Irish coach Tim Connelly expects more future success from the group.

“We still have a very long way to go to be at full strength and be close to our full potential,” Connelly said.

The 4 by 800-meter relay team looked in top form, however. The squad, consisting of Treece, Kelly Langhans, Molly Sullivan and Natalie Johnson, blew by the rest of the field, posting a time of 9:04.97. The mark was good for first place, with the next closest team finishing four seconds behind.

Notre Dame also found success in the field. Anna Weber continued her strong season, besting her season highs in both weight throw and shot put. Her mark of 63-7 1/2 in the weight throw was good for third place, and her shot put of 47-7 1/4 was good for fifth place.

Notre Dame will return home next weekend for the Meyo Invitational, which will take place Friday at the Loftus Sports Center