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  1. Cross Country/Track and Field: New Locker Rooms

    Nov 11, 2013, 1:47 PM EST

    Open area used for indoor ab workouts on cold day and as an impromptu dance floor.

    For the cross country and upcoming indoor track and field seasons this year, the teams were upgraded to a new home, just across the hall in the bowels of the JACC. During the summer, the rusted-out lockers were torn down and redone just in time for the fall season to commence. Now, with custom lockers…

  2. Rae Races In Russia

    Jul 29, 2013, 8:15 AM EST

    Rae, left, took home the silver medal for his native Canada

    Notre Dame cross country and track and field standout Jeremy Rae spent the beginning of July in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia, where he competed in the 1,500m run for his native Canada. Rae, who was a member of the 2012 national champion distance medley relay team, finished second to earn a silver medal. The four-time All-American…

  3. Welcome To The Club: A Look Back at the Spring Letter Jacket Ceremony

    Apr 4, 2013, 9:03 PM EST

    Football monogram winners Connor Cavalaris, Matthias Farley and Joe Schmidt.

    The Notre Dame Monogram Club held its annual spring letter jacket ceremony on Wednesday night in Club Naimoli honoring more than 50 first-time monogram winners. Student athletic trainers, video technicians, and student-athletes from the cheerleading, football, soccer, volleyball and cross country programs were recognized for their accomplishments, joining an elite group in Notre Dame’s illustrious…

  4. 2012 in Review: September

    Dec 31, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Photo by Sara D. Davis (

    Notre Dame kicked off September on the Emerald Isle, an incredible weekend celebrating the university and its connection to Ireland. Oh yeah, there was a football game too. The following week, there were a couple of party crashers at the football team’s home opener against Purdue. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn (who made his film…

  5. Runners Wrap Up Cross Country Season

    Nov 29, 2012, 9:31 AM EST


    The men’s and women’s cross country teams concluded their seasons Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky. with the NCAA Championship Meet. The women were led by an impressive pack featuring the trio of senior Rebecca Tracy, sophomore Gabby Gonzales, and junior Alexa Aragon, who crossed the finish line of the 6K race together in a time…

  6. “Oh, Say Can You See….”

    Nov 27, 2012, 2:48 PM EST


    You have to be a pretty talented athlete to compete for Notre Dame, so you probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that sophomore cross country runner Megan Heeder followed up a 3200m state title as a high school junior, with a fourth place finish in the 1600m and a second place finish in the 3200m…

  7. Sticking Together on the Biggest Stage

    Nov 21, 2012, 12:19 PM EST

    Photo by Walt Middleton

    A lot of cross-country teams talk about running as a pack – but not many stick this close together. Senior co-captain Rebecca Tracy, sophomore Gabby Gonzales, and juniors Alexa Aragon and Kelly Curran finished 96th, 97th, 98th, and 100th – all within one second of each other – in the NCAA championships Saturday. “The goal…

  8. NCAA Championship Meet Awaits for Irish

    Nov 14, 2012, 4:17 PM EST


    The Notre Dame men’s and women’s cross country teams will return to the NCAA Championship Meet for the eighth and seventh times, respectively, in the past 10 seasons. Both teams received at-large qualifications for the championship field, and will run this Saturday, Nov. 17, at the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. The…

  9. ‘Playoffs’ begin for Irish Cross Country

    Nov 8, 2012, 11:41 PM EST

    Kelly Curran (left) and Rebecca Tracy are poised to lead the Irish in the Great Lakes Regional race.

    After a disappointing fifth place finish in the BIG EAST championship meet, the Fighting Irish women’s cross country team seeks a rebound performance and a national championship meet bid. The Irish stumbled in their last meet finishing fifth in a meet they expected to finish within the top three. Junior Kelly Curran led the Irish contestants…

  10. Irish Running for a Bid to NCAA Championships

    Nov 7, 2012, 12:31 PM EST


    The Irish cross country teams will return to the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wisc. this Friday for the Great Lakes Regional Championships. The men’s and women’s teams both struggled on the course at the Wisconsin Invitational on Oct. 14, finishing 26th and 12th respectively. Now the stakes are much higher. With a strong…

  11. Irish Look Ahead to Great Lakes Regionals

    Oct 31, 2012, 9:54 AM EST

    Rebecca Tracy and Kelly Curran led the Irish women's team at the BIG EAST championships.

    The Irish men’s and women’s cross country teams rebounded from disappointing ends to their regular seasons with third and fifth place finishes, respectively, in last Friday’s BIG EAST Championship Meet. The men placed third in an impressive and competitive field that featured three of the USTFCCCA’s Top 30 teams. Syracuse backed up its No. 16…

  12. Bringing XC Back

    Oct 30, 2012, 2:05 PM EST


    The Irish playlist is back! This week it’s the women’s team’s turn to choose the music: we asked freshman Jessica Balko – a local girl from Mishawaka, Ind. – and senior captain Rebecca Tracy to share songs that get them pumped up before a big race or motivate them during long runs. Here’s how they…

  13. Irish look to ‘run’ over BIG EAST competition

    Oct 25, 2012, 10:46 AM EST


    St. John’s University and Van Cortlandt Park will host the next substantial test for the Irish women’s cross-country team. The BIG EAST Championship will feature 15 women’s teams including perennial powerhouses Providence, Georgetown, and defending champion Villanova. The Irish women look to rebound after a 12th place finish in the Wisconsin Invitational. In Madison, all Irish…

  14. Runners are Prepared to Conquer the BIG EAST

    Oct 24, 2012, 12:06 PM EST


    The postseason begins for the Irish men’s cross country team this Friday, Oct. 26, with the BIG EAST Championship Meet at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, NY. After a disappointing 26th place finish in the Wisconsin Invitational on Oct. 12, the team is ready to bounce back and compete with the top teams in the…

  15. Kelly Curran poised to lead Irish runners

    Oct 11, 2012, 10:06 AM EST

    Curran (left) leads the Irish in the National Catholic Championships.

    This Friday, the Notre Dame cross country team will be in action in Madison, Wis. for the Wisconsin Invitational. The Irish women are entering the meet ranked 16th in the nation according to the Division I U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll. Two weeks ago, junior Kelly Curran paced the…

  16. Runners Rise in the Rankings

    Oct 5, 2012, 11:12 AM EST


    The Irish men’s and women’s cross country teams were rewarded for their impressive performances in last week’s Notre Dame Invitational. After finishing 3rd overall in the Men’s Blue Race, the men’s team took a tremendous leap in this week’s USTFCCCA rankings, jumping eleven places from No. 24 to No. 13. Meanwhile, the women’s team jumped…

  17. Irish Playlist: Part 1

    Oct 2, 2012, 10:37 PM EST


    Have you ever wondered what makes Division I runners so much faster than the rest of us? Well it’s not their iPod playlists – earbuds might be allowed on 5k fun runs and road races, but listening to music during NCAA races or team practices is most certainly not allowed. But that doesn’t stop us…

  18. Running With The Pack

    Sep 30, 2012, 10:47 PM EST


    The No. 20 Fighting Irish didn’t have a woman finish in the medals at the Notre Dame Invitational this past Friday. They didn’t even have a top-10 finisher – the first Notre Dame runner to cross the finish line was junior Kelly Curran, who came in 15th. But the Irish still finished second overall with 110…

  19. Irish, Rydberg hopeful for win on Friday

    Sep 28, 2012, 9:30 AM EST


    The Irish cross-country teams return to the Burke Golf Course on campus today after a two-week hiatus. Notre Dame welcomes a plethora of elite athletes as it hosts the 57th annual Notre Dame Invitational. Florida State, Butler, North Carolina State and New Mexico are headlining the schools competing against Notre Dame’s star-studded field. Eight D-I…

  20. Irish Prepared to Race Against Nation’s Best

    Sep 28, 2012, 9:07 AM EST


    Following their dominant performances at the National Catholic Championships two weeks ago, the Irish men’s and women’s cross country teams are prepared to face off against some of the top-ranked teams in the nation. The season continues this Friday at the Burke Golf Course with the 57th annual Notre Dame Invitational, which promises to display…

  21. Google+ Hangout: A Conversation With Jack Swarbrick (2.0)

    Sep 26, 2012, 6:35 PM EST


    In July, University Vice President/Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick participated in a Google+ Hangout, discussing the state of Fighting Irish Athletics with representatives from several Notre Dame online fan communities. Tonight at 7:00 pm ET, Swarbrick joins Fighting Irish Digital Media for a second Hangout. Due to an unfortunate technical glitch, the host computer disconnected…

  22. Fighting Irish Xtra: 9/17/12

    Sep 17, 2012, 2:15 PM EST


    As you probably know by now, it was a great weekend for Notre Dame athletics. This week, Fighting Irish Xtra comes to you from South Quad, recapping the soccer, volleyball and cross-country action. Hopefully you had a chance to catch the Irish either on campus or live on, but if not, check out this…

  23. Winning one for ND

    Sep 17, 2012, 11:13 AM EST


    Between his sub-four minute mile, several BIG EAST titles, and an NCAA Championship title as a member of the indoor distance medley relay team, it’s hard to think of something that senior Jeremy Rae hasn’t accomplished. And after his win at the National Catholic Championship on Friday, there’s one less thing he has yet to…

  24. Best Weekend Ever?

    Sep 16, 2012, 5:05 PM EST


    While I’m no sports historian, I think it’s safe to assume that Sept. 14-16, 2012, has to be one of the most successful weekends in the history of the Fighting Irish. From cross-country to soccer to football, it feels like Notre Dame has not stopped winning since Friday afternoon. Here’s a recap of the highlights:…

  25. National Catholic Championship Looming for Irish

    Sep 12, 2012, 8:41 PM EST


    This Friday, the University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s cross country team will play host to the 33rd annual National Catholic Championship on the Notre Dame Burke Golf Course. The National Catholic Championship is a mainstay in Notre Dame athletics. Joe Piane, long-time men’s cross-country coach, founded the race in the fall of 1980.…

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