Just in case anyone cared ND hosted the ACC Indoor Track
by Domerduck (2017-02-28 01:03:09)
Edited on 2017-02-28 01:20:35
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Championship Thursday, Friday, & Saturday. Replays for Friday and Saturday's meet can be found on WatchESPN. ND women ended up 5th and ND men were 8th while Miami won the women's and Virginia Tech won the men's meet. Last year the meet was in Boston, the women were 3rd (but had 20 points from Molly Seidel) and the men were 7th. It is too bad Molly had a recently discovered stress fracture for this indoor meet but they are being cautious so we can have her back for the outdoor season.

The big star for ND individually was Jessica Harris who got two golds, winning the indoor mile and anchoring the Distance Medley Relay which ND edged Clemson by .36 seconds. Both races were to the wire and the mile final (Saturday) is worth a watch if you like running races. Jessica held off the same Clemson runner who she passed at the end of the DMR to win this time by only .06 seconds. There was a fun interview by a surprised Harris after her mile win on the Saturday replay.

The only other individual ACC championship was Anna Rohrer who Friday defended Seidel's 5k winning the race 26 seconds over 2nd place finisher. Had Molly not been hurt ND would have gone 1/2 again but the other 2 ND runners (Pelletier & Rambo) finished 7/8 to score for ND. Still both of them plus 16 other runners were lapped by Anna on the ND 320 M oval course.. Anna didn't have enough in her to double for the 3k as she lead most of the race but was passed in the final lap to end up 3rd. Last year Molly doubled in the 3k/5k with ACC championship meet records which were not broken this weekend. Anna was interviewed on ESPN/ACCN after her 5k win (Friday replay) and commented how running with Molly would have made her races so much easier. I think her having to set the pace for both races made it too difficult for her to double.

On the men's side they had no winners with the best showing coming from 2016 ACC champ Pole vaulter Nathan Richartz who ended up 3rd. Other noteable showing was the men's mile where 4 ND runners qualified for the 10 who ran in the final (out of 31 runners) and ended up 5, 7, 8, & 10 in that race on Saturday. Also Troy Pride (ND football player) had a personal best in the prelim 60M dash (6.77) to beat out 17 other runners to run in the final where he placed 8th 6.83-fast young man.

Richards will be the only male qualifier for the NCAA's to be held in Texas A&M March 10-11 joining the 3 women qualifiers, the DIstance Medley Relay team, Harris in the mile, and Rohrer in the 5K. Last year the women ended up finishing 5th in nationals when Molly doubled again for 20 points and the 3K & 5K NCAA Indoor championships. She will be sorely missed for this upcoming meet.

I linked Saturday's UND article since it isn't linked in the recent articles to the right as it was a busy ND weekend for olympic sports (ACC Fencing championships-which ND dominated, golf, & swimming/diving).


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