Track & Field competes in day one at Meyo Invitational
Feb. 2, 2013
SOUTH BEND, IN-After an early morning departure from campus, the Marquette University men's and women's track and field team completed day one of action at the Meyo Invitational hosted by the University of Notre Dame, on Friday, Feb. 1. Day one featured some key performances on both men's and women's sides, which bodes well for the future with the BIG EAST Conference Championship only two weeks away.
The event Marquette saw the most success in was the 1000-meter run, in which five athletes posted BIG EAST Conference qualifying marks on the track at the Loftus Sports Center.
"Fine start to the meet." Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. "The 1000 (meter) runners really got the job done.
On the men's side, junior Mitch Lacy led Marquette 1000-meter runners with a 13th-place overall finish, and a personal best time of 2:28.38, in a confident race from the second heat. Close behind Lacy in the same heat was freshman William Hennessy, who was only a few strides behind Lacy at 2:29.84. Narrowly missing a conference qualifying mark unlike Lacy and Hennessy, was senior Ben Schmitz, who ran in the third heat with a time of 2:30.82.
On the women's side of things, the 1000-meter run was just as productive--if not more so--sending three harriers away with BIG EAST Conference qualifying marks. Molly Hanson was one of three Marquette freshmen on the women's side to qualify for the conference meet, and she led the way for Marquette with a time of 2:56.07, which was good for 22nd place. Following Hanson were fellow freshmen Kayla Spencer and Kelly Greenwood, who finished with personal best, conference qualifying times of 2:56.97 and 2:58.90, respectively.
In the men's 5-kilometer race, freshman Andres Tineo-Paz ran a smart race on his way to a new personal-best time of 14:51.48, barely missing a conference qualifying mark by less than four seconds. In the same race, senior Spencer Agnew also had high hopes on qualifying, but suffered a setback when he was tripped up and fell in the middle of the race, costing him precious time and energy. Agnew ended up finishing with a disappointing time of 15:39.52.
In field events, a week after setting a new school record, junior long jumper Carlye Schuh was unable to record a mark in her flight, but is setting her sights on redeeming herself on day two in the triple-jump. In the women's high jump, freshman Tatyana Pashibin continued her productive debut season by finishing fourth overall with a mark of 5 feet, 6 inches (1.68 meters).
Also putting up a solid mark on the day was junior Kate Hein in the 500-meter dash, who came away with a new personal best time of 1:15.86, good for seventh place.
Said Rogers, "We didn't quite have the magic in the jumps as last week, but we sure did on the track. I am looking forward to continuing our progress tomorrow."
Day two kicks off on Saturday, Feb.2 at 10 a.m, with the Marquette women in the 3000-meter race.