Irish Have Record-Setting Weekend

Megan Golden | February 15, 2017


The University of Notre Dame track and field team wrapped up competition at the Tiger Paw Invitational on Saturday with a new page in the record books.

Coming off of Nathan Richartz's emphatic pole vault performance on Friday, the Irish competed in a handful of field events on day two.

Notre Dame senior Indi Jackson placed fourth in the shot put, going 15.52m. 

On the men's side, sophomore Matthew Birzer (2.15m) finished second in the high jump, while junior Hunter Holton was seventh with a 2.05 mark.

Day One Recap

Richartz broke his own school record -- previously 5.46m -- and tied the seventh-best height in the country with a 5.50m mark in the pole vault. Richartz's PR is good for third-best in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season.

Richartz, who fell just .03m shy of tying his PR last weekend at the Meyo Invitational, finally topped his previous best.

"I was ecstatic, and at the same time relieved," Richartz said. "I couldn't really wrap my head around it. Freshman year, I set a goal of jumping 18 feet by senior year, and today that goal was actualized. I couldn't be happier."

Irish jumps coach Jim Garnham said he specifically remembers Richartz telling him his goal as a freshman.

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