SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Returning 2008 NCAA Indoor 800 meter champion Tyler Mulder took home first place honors in the 800 meter run at the Meyo Invitational hosted by the University of Notre Dame Saturday afternoon. Mulder, who provisionally qualified for the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships at the Iowa State Open (1/24), took the top spot in a time of 1:48.79, nearly two seconds faster than Indiana's De'Sean Turner who finished second with a time of 1:50.08. Overall the Panther men recorded six season-best times with the women recording four season-best marks.
Freshman Beau Dielschneider and Andrew Perkins took sixth and 10th place in the 800 meters, with Dielschnedier finishing in 1:50.98 and Perkins in 1:51.46. Jack Ogden took 24th place, clocking in at 1:53.25. In the mile run, freshman Thibault Vandenabeele placed third with a time of 4:08.25.
Cory Goos took sixth place in the 400 meter run, clocking in at 47.67, a season-best time for the junior and just narrowly missing the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 47.25. Ryan Grenko took 16th place with a time of 48.31, also a season-best time. Dennis Hammel finshed 27th, clocking in at 49.25.
The group of Grenko, Goos, Hammel and Greg Offerman took home fourth place in the 4x400 meter relay, setting a season-best time of 3:11.42.
In the 400 meters Michaela Brungardt took 22nd place with a season-best time of 57.57. Ali Selenke finished close behind, also recording a season-best time of 58.39 for 32nd place. In the 800 meters, Holli Hosch finished with a time of 2:15.39 for 38th place.
In the long distance events, senior Caedryn Schrunk cut two seconds off her previous season-best time in the 3,000 meter run to finish 16th with a time of 9:55.76. Schrunk's previous season-best mark was 9:57.67 recorded at the Iowa State Open (1/24). Freshman Danielle Nowasell finished 16th in the 5,000 meter run, clocking in at 17:52.84. Fellow freshman Carly Olsen took 19th place in the 5k race, finishing in a time of 17:58.02.
The quartet of Brungardt, Hosch, Selenke and Dani Stipe combined to record a season-best mark in the 4x400 meter relay, clocking in at 3:49.07 for 8th place.
In the triple jump, Stipe took 20th overall, leaping 35-01.75.
The Panthers return to the road next Friday, heading to the Tyson Invitational hosted by the University of Arkansas. The two-day event will begin Friday, Feb. 13 and run through Saturday, Feb. 14.