New high for Notre Dame women's track

Tribune Staff Report
ND Insider

Notre Dame’s women's track & field program earned its highest finish in program history on Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., as two Irish turned in first-team All-America performances at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon.

The Irish women finished tied with Stanford for 13th with 18 total points. The previous highest finish came in 1999, when the team finished 17th. The Irish were propelled by the national championship performance of junior Molly Seidel in the 10,000 meters, as well as top-eight performances by senior Jade Barber in the 100-meter hurdles and junior Margaret Bamgbose in the 400 meters. Oregon captured the team championship (59 points), followed by Kentucky (50) and Texas A&M (47).

Barber finished fourth with a time of 12.85, officially recording her ninth All-America honor with a first-team showing. Kentucky's Kendra Harrison won with a time of 12.55. Bamgbose finished sixth with a time of 52.13, earning her eighth career All-America citation. Atlantic Coast Conference champion Kala Funderburk of Florida State took the title (51.67).

Notre Dame's Molly Seidel pumps her fist after winning the 10,000-meter race final during the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)