NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Both the Notre Dame men’s and women’s programs turned in a pair of impressive showings at the 57th Notre Dame Invitational on Friday. The women’s team finished second while the men’s team took third in races littered with highly-ranked foes.
Four ranked teams competed in the women’s blue race including the No. 20 Irish, No. 19 New Mexico and No. 2 Florida State. The men’s field had 10 ranked teams including No. 10 Florida State, No. 11 NC State, No. 17 Princeton, with Notre Dame checking in at 24th.
No. 2 Florida State dominated the women’s 5K race as it tallied just 28 points, 82 points better than the Irish (110). The Seminoles placed all five of their scorers in the top 15, including champion Colleen Quigley (16:29), third place finisher Violah Lagat (16:45) and fifth place finisher Kayleigh Tyerman (16:47).
Notre Dame showed impressive balance on the women’s side, as all five scorers placed in the top 35. Junior Kelly Curran led the charge with a 15th-place showing (17:02). Following closely behind her was senior Rebecca Tracy (17:03), who finished 18th. A trio of underclassmen rounded out the Notre Dame scorers. Freshman Danielle Aragon took 22nd in 17:10, with sophomore Gabby Gonzales finishing just behind in 24th place (17:11). Freshman Molly Seidel took 31st in 17:17.
No. 20 Tulsa came away with an impressive victory in the men’s race with 104 points, 35 less than second place Princeton. The Golden Hurricanes had the top finisher in the field as Chris O’Hare finished the five-mile race in 23:33.
The Irish men (143) took third on the strength of Jeremy Rae’s sixth place showing (23:46) and five runners in the top 40. Following behind Rae was fellow senior J.P. Malette (26th, 24:16), junior Martin Grady (35th, 24:21), senior Jeff MacMillan (37th, 24.22) and junior Walter Schafer (39th, 24:24).
The second place showing for the women was an improvement from fifth last season and the best finish since the squad earned their last title in 2003. The men’s bronze effort was a vast improvement from 11th last season and their best showing since their last team title in 2007.