Seven New Top-10 Marks Highlight Saturday at Minnesota
Jan. 31, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS – The Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field squads concluded the final day of action at the Jack Johnson Classic on Saturday afternoon at the University of Minnesota with seven new top-10 marks in program history.
“Overall it was a successful weekend,” Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. “There are some things we want to continue to work and improve upon and we have several weeks to prepare ourselves for the BIG EAST meet.”
Perhaps the most successful event on the day for the Golden Eagles was the 800-meter run where a pair of freshmen twins stole the show. Alec Miller won the men’s 800 in a time of 1:52.50, a mark that is 10th best all-time at MU, and was followed in fifth place by Aric Miller in 1:56.24.
In the women’s 800, Jessica Parker turned in the third-fastest time ever at MU (2:13.15), while Jennifer Parker had the fourth-fastest time ever turned in by a Marquette women’s runner (2:13.20). The Parkers finished third and fourth, respectively, in the event.
“Jessica and Jennifer were in the same heat and had to battle it out at the end,” Rogers said. “They ran nice, smart, clean races and the two people who beat them were in separate heats. For the Millers, Alec really took control half way through and pulled away. He really dominated and his brother, Aric, was sick earlier this week but still ran a solid race as well. It was nice to see both of those twins have good days as they will be key performers for us going forward.”
The Golden Eagles also received performances which vaulted a pair of ladies to the top of MU’s record book in both the 400- and 3,000-meter runs. Junior Kellie Greenwood placed second in the 3,000 with a mark of 9:35.26, which is the second-fastest for an MU runner. In the 400, Anna Strong finished fifth in 56.36 seconds, which is also second-best at MU. Strong’s twin sister Arra Strong also competed in the 400 and was 18th.
The final three events of the men’s heptathlon helped sophomore Joel Swanberg to the fourth-best score for an MU athlete (4,588), which included a time of 8.70 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles. That mark ranks as the No. 3 time in the BIG EAST Conference this season.
Junior Tatyana Pashibin registered a personal best of 11.28 meters (37-0.25) on her first triple jump of the day, while freshman Maya Marion used her first attempt of the afternoon to notch a toss of 15.18 meters (49-9.75) and place second in the women’s weight throw.
Senior William Koeck placed fourth in the men’s weight throw at a distance of 19.12 meters (62-8.75).
The Golden Eagles return to action on Friday, Feb. 6 in the Meyo Invitational at the University of Notre Dame.
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