Marquette Distance Runners Shine at Bergen Invitational
Jan. 28, 2012
AMES, IOWA - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Bill Bergen Invitational on Saturday on the campus of Iowa State University. The distance runners ruled the day, with an especially successful performance coming from the men's 3,000-meter runners.
"We had a good meet today, especially in the distance events where the men's 3,000 runners rewrote the record book," Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. "We look forward to more continued success next weekend at Notre Dame."
Rewrite the record books they did, as Jack Hackett recorded the second-best time in MU history, running an 8:09.18 on his way to a fourth-place finish. Blake Johnson finished 11th in the event and also logged a PR, improving on his previously sixth best time to move into fourth all-time. Johnson ran a 8:18.94.
Jack Senefeld and Connor Calahan also posted PR's, that placed them sixth and ninth respectively all-time. Senefeld and Calahan finished consecutively in 16th and 17th.
In the rest of the events, fourth place was a theme for the Golden Eagles' athletes. Men's team captain Tyler O'Brien finished fourth with a time of 21.93 in the 200-meter dash. In the women's 200, Chanel Franklin posted a time of 25.41 to also finish fourth. Moreover, Sarah Ball posted a PR as she finished fourth in the mile with a time of 5:01.68.
Other notable PRs for the team included a PR in the women's 3,000 by Olivia Johnson (10:04.21), Evan Ross and Patrick Maag in the mile (4:11.80, 4:15.46), and Conor Stengel in the 400-meter dash (49.69).
On the field side, Kathryn Koeck recorded a PR of 15.74 meters and Sarah MacCourtney matched her PR of 1.65 meters in the high jump. For the men, Cheldon Brown matched a PR in the high jump with a leap of 2.05 meters.
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