Track and Field
Notre Dame splits up for Stanford Invitational, Raleigh Relays
Observer Sports Staff | Thursday, April 5, 2018
Last Friday and Saturday, athletes from Notre Dame participated in a pair of two-day competitions.
Much of the team competed at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, California, while several Irish runners competed at the Raleigh Relays on the campus of North Carolina State. The Irish had finishers near the top in numerous events, and the team is continuing to achieve personal-best marks as it works its way through the regular season.
Notre Dame found success across the board at Stanford. Several top-five finishers led the way for the Irish on the women’s side. Sophomore hurdler Summer Thorpe finished third overall in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.41, while junior sprinter Kyla Lewis earned fifth in the 100m dash, finishing in 11.80.
The Irish 4×400-meter relay team earned second place overall in their event. The squad of Thorpe and seniors Allison Bartoszewicz, Payton Miller and Jordan Shead finished the race with a time of 3:40.33 — a season-best. On the distance side, senior Jessica Harris ran to a fifth-place finish in the 800 meters, crossing the line in 2:07.24.
The Irish women had strong performances in the field as well. Freshman Rachel Tanczos earned sixth place in the discus with a season-best distance of 45.70 meters. Graduate student Indi Jackson won fourth place in the shot put with a toss of 15.06 meters.
There were many strong performances on the men’s side at Stanford as well. Graduate student distance runner Jacob Dumford placed ninth overall in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:42.04. Dumford also earned eighth in the 800 meters, finishing in 1:50.72. In the 400-meter run, Irish juniors Edward Cheatham (49.29) and Zachary Zajdel (49.47) earned 13th and 14th, respectively.
The Irish men achieved two first places in field events. Graduate student pole vaulter Nathan Richartz won his event after clearing the bar at 5.55 meters, while freshman jumper Antonio Villegas Jimenez won the long jump with a distance of 6.97m.
At the Raleigh Relays, multiple Irish distance runners performed well amidst packed and talented fields of competitors. Junior Rachel DaDamio earned 25th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:31.44. Senior Kaitlin Frei placed 37th in the 1,000 meters with a time of 35:55.05, and freshman Annasophia Keller finished the 1,500-meter run in 4:31.76, earning 39th place overall.
Freshman distance runner Kevin Salvano led the way for the Irish men at Raleigh, finishing the 10,000-meter run in 30:15.76 and placing 46th overall in a field of 92 athletes.
This coming weekend, the Irish are making the trek to the two-day Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Arizona, on the campus of Arizona State University. Action will begin at noon Friday, and the second day of events will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.