Notre Dame Athletics | December 4, 2018
NOTRE DAME, Indiana -- The University of Notre Dame's track and field teams opened their 2018-19 indoor season with the annual Blue and Gold Invitational Friday night at the Loftus Sports Center. The Irish looked strong in their first time out, taking first in 16 events and finishing in the top-five on 43 separate occasions.
Abbey Kapitan highlighted the night with her record breaking performance in the women's weight throw, shattering the previous school record of 19.6m when she threw for 19.91m.
"For Abbey Kapitan to break the school record in the 1st meet of the year is a real testament to her commitment to a great summer and fall of training," head coach Matt Sparks said.
Jernaya Sharp and Kyla Lewis both led the Irish with two first-place finishes each. On the track, Lewis took the top spot in the 60m dash in 7.65 seconds before crossing the line of the 200m dash in 25.74. Sharp took first in the 60m hurdles after finishing second in the preliminary race, crossing the line in 8.59 seconds. She also claimed the top place in the women's long jump, recording a night-best of 5.43m to start the season.
The men's long jump kicked off the evening meet as Conner Artman took first overall with a jump of 6.92m while Antoni Villegas recorded a fourth place jump of 6.57m. The freshman Colton Crum led the pole vault side of the jumps competition tonight, finishing first as he cleared 5 meters.
The throws began with Kapitan's record weight throw of 19.91m before Logan Kusky took first for the men. Rachel Tanczos finished second in the women's event, throwing for 19.25m while Shae Watkins placed in the top-five men (fourth) with a distance of 15.46m. Watkins then led the Irish in the men's shot put, putting up a team-best performance of 15.75m for second overall with Kusky finishing right behind with 14.87m. Kapitan claimed the top spot in the women's competition, throwing the shot put 15.38m while Tanczos came in second with 15.13m.
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