Guthrie: ​Notre Dame track meet a crossroad for men's, women's teams


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Utica, Sophomore, Samantha Allmacher, Competes in the women's mile run, on January 13, at Jack Skoog Field.

Since the start of the indoor track season, head coach Mark Guthrie cited this weekend’s Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame as “when it will all come together.”

The meet will begin Friday at 3 p.m. and continue Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

“This is when we’ll find out if we’re pretenders or the real deal,” Guthrie said.

The team will only be taking about 35 athletes on the road to South Bend, as the invitational has higher standards than previous meets. Only a select few made the cut.

After a third place finish at last week’s Eastern Michigan Triangular for both the men’s and women’s teams, Guthrie said his athletes were eager for the increased level of competition.

Guthrie was particularly excited about freshman short distance runner Nadia Williams, who has taken four first place finishes in three different events during the past three meets.

Williams was joined by junior Hannah Davis as the only Chippewas to finish in first place in any event at EMU. Davis beat out an EMU runner in the women’s 3000-meter, finishing with 10:06.88.

Junior pole vaulter Sam Wagner was coming off two first place finishes going into last meet, where he fell to a Kent State athlete. However, he scored a season-high 4.90 meters in the loss.

Following this weekend, there will only be three more meets until the MAC Indoor Championships in late February.

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