Shawn McLarney and Distance Group Highlight First Day at Indiana Relays
Jan. 29, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The first day of action at the Indiana Relays for the Marquette University track and field squad was highlighted by the performances of the distance group along with a first-place finish in the long jump by senior Shawn McLarney.
"Overall it was pretty good for the first day of competition," head coach Bert Rogers said. "The distance crew really set the tone and we had some nice performances in the relays and with Shawn's long jump."
McLarney captured the meet title in the long jump with a season-best leap of 6.93 meters (22 feet, 9 inches).
Busting into the top 10 in school history in the men's mile were sophomores Blake Johnson and Jack Hackett, each of whom recorded times under 4:10 in the event. Blake Johnson finished second in a time of 4:09.47 to rank sixth in school history, while Hackett placed third in 4:09.57, putting him seventh in MU annals.
Following Johnson and Hackett in the top 10 of the race were freshman Jack Senefeld and junior Nick Sczcech in eighth and 10th place, respectively.
In the men's 3,000-meter run, freshman Spencer Agnew bettered his Marquette freshman record in the event with a time of 8:27.09 to place second. Agnew's time places him seventh in school history.
In the women's mile, Jayne Grebinski and Olivia Johnson each finished in under five minutes to record BIG EAST qualifying marks. Grebinski missed a spot on the MU top-10 list by one-hundredths of a second. Grebinski finished in fourth place with a time of 4:58.60, while Olivia Johnson was sixth in 4:59.63.
Senior Sarah Verdoliva improved upon her personal best in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:37.00 to finish third. Verdoliva now ranks sixth in school history in the event.\
The Marquette women took fifth in the distance medley relay with a time of 12:11.79. Grebinski opened the race in the 1,200-meter run, followed by Stephanie Grant in the 400, Verdoliva in the 800 and Courtney Kelly in the 1,600.
In the triple jump, Alyssa Davis reached a BIG EAST qualifying distance of 11.38 meters.
The Indiana Relays will resume action Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time and conclude following completion of the men's 1,600-meter relay at 4:50 p.m.