Track and Field Splits Dual Meet With Milwaukee
Jan. 23, 2010
MILWAUKEE - Freshman Kyle Winter's anchor leg of the 1,600-meter relay helped the Marquette men's track and field squad hold off the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Saturday afternoon in dual meet action. The men claimed a 70-68 victory over the Panthers, while the MU women dropped an 80-57 decision to their counterparts from Milwaukee.
"I knew after the field events that it would probably come down to the running events, and it did," head coach Bert Rogers said. "It was an exciting way to finish."
The hero of the day for the Golden Eagles had to be Winter, who after turning in a first-place finish in the 600-meter run, anchored the relay team to secure the meet victory for the men. Winter turned in a time of 1:22.50 in the 600.
At the conclusion of the final relay, Winter was mobbed by teammates and lifted onto the shoulders of head coach Bert Rogers.
"Kyle, obviously was the big star," Rogers said. "He won his 600 and the 4x4 in the last minute in exciting fashion."
Senior Jeff Kluge dominated the throwing events earlier in the day, winning both the shot put and weight throw in impressive fashion. Kluge's top throw of 49-7 (15.11 meters) in the shot put edged out teammate Eric Matuszewski's throw of 48-7.50 (14.82 meters).
In the weight throw, Kluge bettered his previous personal best of 17.77 meters by over a meter with a heave of 18.81 meters (61-08.50). Kluge's throw moves him closer to school record holder Dan Fax's top mark of 19.19 meters.
"Jeff's mark is just a little off of our school record and he is just throwing great," Rogers said. "I think he is going to continue to push. Overall I was really excited with how hard a lot of people competed."
In the women's high jump, senior Erynn James bettered her own school record by reaching a height of 5-feet, 10-inches (1.78 meters). That mark provisionally qualifies her for the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Sophomore Blake Johnson's time of 4:16.51 in the mile run paced six MU runners at the top of the leader board.
Freshman Cheldon Brown reached a BIG EAST qualifying mark of 6-06.25 (1.99 meters) in the high jump.
In the men's triple jump, sophomore James Muehleman reached a personal best and a BIG EAST mark with a distance of 44-06.75 (13.58).
Junior Olivia Johnson won the women's 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:23.27.
Rachel Thiel captured a title in the shot put with a distance of 46-05.5 (14.16 meters) and turned in a runner-up performance in the weight throw.