NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Describing the 2013 Alex Wilson Invitational on the campus of Notre Dame as a regular track and field meet would not do it justice. A total of seven meet records, three track records and four Notre Dame records fell on the final day. Including Friday’s results, a total of 11 meet records, five track records and five Notre Dame records fell.
|*Denotes Track Record|
|5,000m (M)||Andrew Poore||Unattached||13:39.29|
|5,000m (W)||Sarah Sutherland||Texas||15:52.99|
|Distance Medley (M)||Relay||Penn State||9:26.60*|
|Distance Medley (W)||Relay||Michigan||10:56.66*|
|3,000m||Henry Lelei||Texas A&M||7:47.91*|
|60m hurdles||Jade Barber||Notre Dame||8.13|
|High Jump||James Harris||Florida State||2.26m|
|Triple Jump||Preston Woodard||Prairie View||16.06m|
|Mile||Rebecca Tracy||Notre Dame||4:33.53*|
The Irish broke four school records, one meet record and one track record on Saturday. The Irish accomplished 15 top-five finishes on the day. Notre Dame additionally racked up four second-place finishes and two event victories.
Senior Rebecca Tracy pulled off a momentous feat capturing the school, track and meet record in the mile. Tracy locked up a spot into the NCAA Indoor Championships in the mile after jumping from 30th to sixth on the national list.
“It’s been a super exciting day,” Tracy said. “We sit down and see the records every day when we stretch and they are right there. I thought I could run the school and meet record, but it’s pretty special to run the fieldhouse record as well. This is our last home meet and I was trying not to think about it before hand, but I am really going to miss running here. The [Alex Wilson Invitational] has always been a really rough meet for me. To come in and run the mile the way I did was a great way to cap it all off. It was great to cheer on the girls in the distance-medley relay. Their finish [Friday] gave me a lot of confidence in the mile [Saturday].”
Jade Barber (60m hurdles-8.13) and Chris Giesting (400m-46.05) joined Tracy in setting individual school records on the day and are in great position to participate in the NCAA meet.
“I knew I could run fast coming into [Saturday],” Giesting said. “At the Big East I ran the 500m instead of the 400m. I ran a really fast 500m time so I knew I could put a 400m together. I didn’t make the fast heat unfortunately, but there were a lot of fast guys to run with. They pushed me in the first 200m. It was really competitive and I knew I needed to get ahead of them at the break so I could get lane one coming into the turn. I pushed myself coming around the last curve and I just tried to hold off until the end.
“It feels really good to advance to the NCAA’s. You work all fall just to race one race, for that one chance to get in. When you do it, you feel accomplished and you feel proud.”
Barber, Michelle Brown, Yanik and Margaret Bamgbose each assisted in setting a new school record in the 4x400m.
“We had a good amount of kids make it to the NCCA’s [Saturday],” head coach Joe Piane said. “Rebecca [Tracy] ran great, but you have to give credit as well to Kelly Curran to rabbit the race for Rebecca. To look at it from our perspective we had a great meet. To look at it in the perspective as the meet itself it was unreal. This was the best meet in America this week.”
Notre Dame’s qualifying student-athletes will wrap up the indoor track & field season as they compete next weekend (March 8-9) in the NCAA Championships held in Fayetteville, Ark.