Two Irish Track Student-Athletes Earn All-America Honors

Two Irish Track Student-Athletes Earn All-America Honors

Two Irish Track Student-Athletes Earn All-America Honors
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Two Irish Track Student-Athletes Earn All-America Honors

Four student-athletes represent Notre Dame at NCAA Indoor Championships

March 14, 2009

COLLEGE STATION, Texas
– Four Irish track and field student-athletes represented Notre Dame this weekend at the NCAA Indoor Championships with two garnering All-America honors.

Senior Patrick Smyth finished eighth with a time of 8:01.56 in the men’s 3000 meters to earn his sixth All-America honor. Smyth's six combined All-America citations are tied for third most in Irish men's track & field/cross country history behind only Ryan Shay (10), Luke Watson (eight) and Kurt Benninger (three).

Junior Joanna Schultz earned her first All-America nod in the women’s 400-meter dash after clocking in at 54.06 for an eighth-place finish.

Senior Mary Saxer cleared a height of 4.05 meters (13-3 1/2) to finish ninth in the women’s pole vault, while junior Matt Schipper finished 14th in the men’s pole vault.

The Irish will now turn their attention to the outdoor track and field season. Notre Dame will send student-athletes to the Arizona State Invitational and Stanford Invitational March 27-28.

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