Golden Eagles Win Nine Events at Badger Track Classic
Jan. 12, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – The Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field teams began the 2013 portion of their indoor schedule Saturday afternoon at the Badger Track Classic in Madison, Wis.
The Golden Eagles notched nine event victories on the afternoon at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center, including six on the women’s side. The women also picked up five new BIG EAST Conference indoor qualifying marks, while the men added a pair.
“We had a number of event victories as the athletes came out and competed hard," Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. "I liked the way we started the New Year. We have a ways to go in terms of some times and distances and heights, but that will come as the season rolls along. I was happy with how we came out at the first meet with a number of victories and new BIG EAST qualifiers. We definitely accomplished what we set out to do at this first meet.”
Redshirt senior Lauren Darnall kicked things off with her second title this season in the pole vault in as many meets. Darnall reached a height of 11 feet, 7 3/4 inches (3.55 meters) on her second attempt at to top the runner up, Sarah Finer of Milwaukee, who used three jumps to clear the height. Junior Abby Croft also competed in the event and placed third.
Marquette had a pair of women finish 1-2 in the high jump as freshman Tatyana Pashibin and senior Sarah MacCourtney each reached a height of 5 feet, 6 inches (1.68 meters). Pashibin won the event, recording a BIG EAST mark for the first time in her career and moving into a tie for sixth place on MU’s all-time list.
The Golden Eagles also claimed victories on both the men’s and women’s sides in the 600- and 1,000-meter runs. Senior Kyle Winter won the men’s 600 in 1:21.25, falling short of his personal-best mark of 1:19.21, while sophomore Katie Tolan took the women’s crown with a time of 1:38.87, a new personal best.
Freshman Molly Hanson paced a five-person Marquette field in the women’s 1k with a BIG EAST time of 2:57.87. Hanson was followed by classmate Kayla Spencer, Sarah Ball, Grace Magliola and Melissa Budelier.
Mitch Lacy led six runners with a mark of 2:32.49 in the men’s 1,000.
The Golden Eagles opened the 2012-13 indoor campaign at Notre Dame’s Blue & Gold Invitational on Dec. 7 and return to action Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Illini Classic in Champaign, Ill.