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Track and Field: Three qualify for Big East Meet

Rich Hidy | Monday, February 11, 2013


The Irish continued their pursuit of Big East glory at the Grand Valley State University Big Meet in Allendale, Mich., as three more team members qualified for next weekend’s conference championships.

Junior sprinter Aijah Urssery finished sixth in the 60-meter event with a time of 7.62 and 10th in the 200-meter event in 24.94 seconds, good enough to be Notre Dame’s seventh representative in the Big East championships.

“This was a tune-up meet in preparation for Big East next week, so everyone who competed this weekend is really looking forward to doing well at this point to carry that momentum to the championships,” junior middle distance runner Mike Bradley said. 

On the men’s team, junior hurdlers Jarrod Buchanon and Bryce Wood each performed well enough in the 60-meter hurdle event to meet conference-qualifying standards. Buchanon finished in 11th place overall with a time of 8.29, while Wood clocked in with a mark of 8.33 and a 16th place finish.

Freshman hurdler Aaron Dunn earned his second-fastest time of the season in the 400-meter hurdle event. He finished 23rd overall in the event with a time of 49.95.

The Irish will look to come back together as a team over the next week and cap off their training with strong performances at the Big East championships. The men’s team finished first at last year’s championships.

“Everyone’s seeing improvement in their fitness, and the athletes competing at Big East are looking forward to making another run at a championship,” Bradley said.

Notre Dame will travel to Geneva, Ohio, on Friday to compete in the Big East championships.

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