Eggers Leads Golden Eagles in Final Day at UNI

Cassy Goodrich raced to her third individual victory of the season.
Jan. 30, 2016

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The Golden Eagles concluded action at the University of Northern Iowa today as both the men's and women's sides competed in the Mark Messersmith Invitational and placed fifth as a team inside the UNI Dome.

"The main thing we wanted to get out of this weekend was competing well on back-to-back days. We have to do it at BIG EAST and it's good to get some good prep at that," head coach Bert Rogers said. "We had some good performances and will hopefully continue to build on them each week of the season."

In the conclusion of the men's heptathlon, sophomore William Eggers set personal-best marks in his final three events (60 hurdles, pole vault, 1,000), and all seven events in all dating back to Friday, to place seventh overall. The St. Paul, Minnesota native totaled 4,872 points, which was good for No. 3 all-time in the MU record books.

"As a sophomore, this was only the third heptathlon he's ever done and for him to PR in every single event, that was pretty impressive weekend for him," Rogers said.

In the men's mile, Mitchell Kwapick won his heat with a personal-best time of 4:24 and took ninth place overall. Meanwhiel, sophomore Alec Miller (4:17.36) and senior William Hennessy (4:21.38) finished in third and fifth place, respectively.

In his first time running the 60-meter hurdles this season, junior Joel Swanberg registered a new personal-best time of 8.48 seconds - good for No. 6 all-time at MU.

Sophomore Nick Ebert placed fifth in the 400 meters with a solid time of 50.15 seconds, while sophomore Aric Miller won his section in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:58.24.

Freshman Connor Boos was MU's top finisher in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.45 seconds, which was good enough to win his section and finish seventh overall.

The final event of the day for the men was the 4x400-meter relay and the team of Jay Whalen, Joshua Word, Anton Rice and Ebert ran to a time of 3:22.47 to take fifth place.

In the weight throw, sophomore Maxwell Bullard was Marquette's top finisher with a fifth place ranking after a personal-best throw of 16.47 meters (54 feet, 0.5 inch). Bullard also placed seventh in the shot put, while freshman Austin Stellpflug took ninth.

On the women's side, Marquette's lone individual victory came from sophomore standout Cassy Goodrich, who cruised to the finish line in 55.68 seconds.

Senior Nicole Ethier continued her strong start to the season. After taking first place in the 600 meters a week ago, she was able to turn in a second place finish in the 800 meters today. Her time of 2:14.14 was less than a half-second behind the winner from UNI, Brette Correy (2:13.88).

Sophomore Abigail Busse ran a lifetime-best in the mile and placed seventh with a time of 5:14.42.

In the high jump, juniors Omo Tseumah (1.63 meters/5 feet, 4 inches) and Bridget Bodee (1.58 meters/5 feet, 2 inches) turned in solid days in the high jump, leaping to fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Sophomore Gemma Tedeschi remains consistent in the pole vault, jumping to her second top-three finish with a leap of 3.70 meters (12 feet, 1.5 inches).

Junior Clare McDonald was the top finisher for MU in the 3,000-meter run and finished in third place with personal-best time of 10:04.82.

In the final women's event of the day, the 4x400-meter relay, the foursome of Arra Strong, Anna Strong, Erica Wanie and Goodrich ran a season-best time of 3:51.94 to take third place.

The Golden Eagles will be back in action next week as they head to Notre Dame for the second time this season to take part in the Meyo Invitational. Action is slated for Friday-Saturday, Feb. 5-6.




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