Felix Breaks Freshman Record as T&F Closes Out Day One

Anton Rice won his second 600-meter run event this season.
Jan. 29, 2016

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Golden Eagles competed at the Jack Jennett Open today, posting numerous top marks and personal-bests at the UNI Dome, while Monique Felix and Will Eggers debuted in the pentathlon and heptathlon, respectively. MU will conclude action at Northern Iowa tomorrow with the Mark Messersmith Team Invitational.

“It was a good day one – I thought we competed hard,” head coach Bert Rogers said. “I thought some athletes were still breaking off some of the rust in some cases, while others are firing on all cylinders. We’re excited we get to compete on back-to-back days, which we’ll have to do at BIG EAST.

“Overall, it’s been a great experience so far and we’re looking forward to getting back out there for day two tomorrow,” Rogers added.

Felix turned in yet another impressive effort, setting a freshman record in the pentathlon and personal-bests in three events (800, long jump, shot put) along the way. She totaled 3,471 points, which bested former national qualifier and MU Hall of Famer Clare Look-Jaeger’s mark set back in 1985.

“We’re excited for Monique – that’s a lot of points,” Rogers said. “The high jump is a new event for her and we think she has the ability to jump even higher, so exciting to see what she can continue to do.”

Meanwhile, Eggers rode personal-bests in all four events, the 60-meter dash, long jump, high jump and shot put, on the way to an all-time best day one score of 2,806. He sits in seventh place in the 16-athlete field.

“Really excited for Will as well,” Rogers said. “He PR’d big time in every one of his events and is on his way to having an excellent, excellent heptathlon with day two coming up tomorrow.”

In the open circuit, freshman Catherine Sherwood got things started in the women’s long jump. Her leap of 5.41 meters (17 feet, 9 inches) was a personal-best and good enough to win in her Marquette debut. Sophomore Cassy Goodrich took second with a mark of 5.28 meters.

The reigning BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week, Gemma Tedeschi, eclipsed her pole vault PR from a week ago with a height of 3.75 meters (12 feet, 3.5 inches) to take second place.

Arra Strong took second place in the 60-meter dash, tying a personal-best with a time of 8.04 seconds.

In the 200-meter dash, Goodrich led the way to a 1-2-3 finish for MU with a time of 24.82 seconds, followed by Anna Strong (26.21 seconds) and Arra Strong (26.26 seconds) in second and third place, respectively.

Claire McDonald took home the win in the mile and set a personal-best with a time of 5:12.01. Freshman Nora Keller took second place, finishing a few seconds back.

The Golden Eagles went 1-2-3 again, sweeping the 800-meter run with Jessica Parker taking first place in a time of 2:17.42, followed by Kayla Spencer and Meghan Carroll close behind.

On the men’s side, Anton Rice won the 600-meter run with a time of 1:22.45 – his second win in the event this season. Alec Miller took second by a hair, crossing the finish line in 1:22.63. Aric Miller and D.T. McDonald came in a couple second slower to take third and fourth place, respectively.

In the men’s 60-meter dash, it was freshman Connor Boos taking second place, setting a PR and the No. 4 all-time mark in MU history with a time of 7.02 seconds. Classmate Karl Tatum (7.08 seconds), sophomore Joshua Word (7.09 seconds) and junior Brandon Bell (7.10 seconds) were close behind taking fourth, fifth and sixth place, respectively.

Other notable finishers on the men’s side were William Hennessy and Nate Gomoll, who each placed third in 800-meter run and mile, respectively.

Action will commence at the UNI Dome tomorrow with the Mark Messersmith Invitational, which will be a scored meet featuring Marquette along with Drake, Indiana State, South Dakota and host UNI. Events are slated to begin at 12:30 p.m. Central time.




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