Men's and Women's Track Each Place Second At Badger Quad
Jan. 16, 2010
MADISON, Wis. - Back in action for the stretch run of the indoor season, the Marquette men's and women's track and field squads each placed second Saturday afternoon at the Badger Quadrangular.
"It was a typical first meet back after winter break," head coach Bert Rogers said. "There was definitely some rust, but we turned in some good performances and it was a solid start for us."
Both the men and women finished second in the four-team scored meet. Wisconsin earned the top spot on both sides while Milwaukee and SIU-Edwardsville rounded out the results.
Freshman Chanel Franklin moved into the MU top-10 in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.94 seconds. Franklin also finished second in the 200-meter dash in 26.76 seconds, after winning the event in her first collegiate meet at the Blue and Gold Invitational on Dec. 4.
Senior Sarah Verdoliva turned a good performance in the mile, winning the event with a time of 5:13.56. Also running for the Golden Eagles in the mile was junior Molly Arenberg, who competed on the track for the fist time in her life. Arenberg crossed the finish line in 5:15.23 to earn a fourth-place finish.
Leading a contingent of seven runners in the 3,000-meter run, Jayne Grebinski and Olivia Johnson finished first and second, respectively. Grebinski and Johnson finished almost 25 seconds ahead of the third-place finisher.
Erynn James tied her school record in the high jump by reaching 1.76 meters and had a couple of good attempts at the 1.79-meter mark. The higher mark would have given her an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
Senior Carrie Schmid reached a BIG EAST qualifying mark in the pole vault to win the event, clearing the bar at 3.40 meters.
In the throws, Rachel Thiel finished fourth in the shot put with a distance of 13.34 meters and placed fifth in the weight throw, reaching 15.70 meters. Both marks qualified her for the BIG EAST Indoor Championships.
For the men, junior Tyler O'Brien placed third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.19 seconds. O'Brien also finished third in the 200 meters with a mark of 23.43 seconds.
In the 600-meter run, freshman Kyle Winter continued to impress with a time of 1:22.38 to finish second.
The Golden Eagles return to action Sat., Jan. 23 at Milwaukee in their first dual meet.