Marquette Athletics Weekly Report

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The Week in Review

Outdoor Track and Field

? Cassie Peller, Emily Leklem and Jessica Ehlen led a strong Marquette charge in a 12-team field in the Wisconsin Twilight on Saturday, claiming a trio of first place finishes. Peller's time of 4:28.33 gave her the win in the 1,500 meters, leading a group of six MU runners to finish in the top seven. Peller beat teammate Brianna Dahm by just more than three-quarters of a second. Kaitlyn Chambers and Tara Hinke finished third and fourth. Michaela Courtney and Terri Emond placed sixth and seventh respectively.

Leklem, an NCAA Regional Qualifier, won her fifth event of the season, throwing the shot put 48-feet, 4-inches. Ehlen won the discus. Her throw of 140-feet, 3-inches, was better than the second place finisher by a foot and a half. Ehlen also took third in the hammer, throwing 151-feet, eight inches. Senior Crystal Andalcio-O'Neil was MU's top finisher in the 100 meters, running in third place in a time of 12.12. She also placed fifth in the 200 meters, sprinting the event in 25.40. Leslie Lawton ran well in the 5,000 meters, finishing third in a time of 19:16.36. Lauren Chmielewski also came in third in the 400 meter hurdles, finishing in 1:04.67.

On the men's side, freshman Ray Bratchett came away with the best individual finish. He placed second in the high jump with a mark of 6-feet, 6 3/4-inches. Zach Palowski also shined in the pole vault, leaping 15-feet, 5-inches, matching the second best jump of the meet. He finished third based on misses. In the field events, Jonathon Rosploch heaved the shot put 51-feet, nine inches to finish third. Damian Anisko also came in third in the hammer, tossing the apparatus 163-feet, three inches. Rosploch finished fourth in the event with a throw of 157-feet, eight inches. The 4x100 meter relay team of Ryan Seebruck, Bratchett, Nick Van Deraa and Matt Piekarski placed third in a deep field, finishing in 42 seconds flat.

Senior Banquet Award Winners

? Marquette University honored its senior class at a banquet on May 1. At the ceremony, which lauded the seniors in 14 sports who will conclude their eligibility this season, five awards were presented.

Danny Mullin (men?s soccer) and Erica Heisser (volleyball) were presented with the Ralph Metcalfe Leadership and Service Award. This was presented to Mullin and Heisser for the contributions they have made off the field and out of the classroom, serving as model citizens, giving back to the community while enrolled at Marquette.

Track athletes Ryan Seebruck and Christina LeDonne were presented with the Ralph Metcalfe Scholar Athlete Award. Seebruck and LeDonne set the bar high with their academic work, combined with their on-the-track success.

Travis Diener (men?s basketball) and Brianna Dahm (cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field) were awarded the Ralph Metcalfe Outstanding Athlete Award for their successes on the field. Among their many career highlights, Diener led Marquette to a Final Four appearance in 2002 and Dahm earned All-America status in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase, finishing eighth at the NCAA Championships in 2003.

Heisser was also presented with the Cura Personalis Award, presented annually by the athletic department to a senior who has gone beyond the athletic arena to make a significant contribution to teammates and fellow student-athletes. Dahm was also presented with the Dr. Charles Eichenberger for overcomming a series of injuries through her career. It was the second time in school history it was awarded.

Games to Watch ...

Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14

? The Marquette track and field teams head to Houston to take part in the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.


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