Joe Everett | September 20, 2016
Last Friday on Burke Golf Course, Notre Dame braved the hot and humid conditions to put forth strong performances at the 37th annual National Catholic, as the women and men finished first and second respectively in a field of more than 40 teams.
The women’s team matched expectations by winning the meet comfortably, as their first place total of 31 points far outstripped Marquette, who came in second with 73, and Dayton who finished third, at 96.
Friday’s first place finish marked the 22nd time the Irish women have won the National Catholic, as well as the 18th straight team championship.
Sophomore Annie Heffernan also gave the Irish their 15th straight individual championship, as she crossed the finish line in first with a time of 17:22.1. Heffernan was closely followed by graduate student Danielle Aragon who is returning from an injury suffered last outdoor track season. Irish associate head coach Matthew Sparks talked about their performances, saying both runners ran smart races.