Szczech Runs Nation's 10th-Fastest Time in 5,000
Feb. 4, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Senior distance runner Nick Szczech recorded the nation's 10th-fastest time in the 5,000-meter run Friday evening at the Meyo Invitational to win the event in 14:17.52 on the first day of competition.
"Nick came in ready to run and ran a great race tonight," head coach Bert Rogers said. "He ran a smart, tactical race and pulled away at the end. His mark is a top-10 time in the nation this season and about half a minute shy of an NCAA automatic qualifying mark. We had some good marks overall and are looking forward to accomplishing some bigger things tomorrow."
Szczech's time qualifies him for the 2011 BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Championships and is the third-fastest time in Marquette history. The Cudahy, Wis., native paced a talented field that saw 18 student-athletes finish under the BIG EAST mark, including fellow senior Brice Cleland, who finished 15th in 14:43.62.
Another solid mark was turned in by Sarah Ball in the 1,000-meter run as the freshman notched her second freshman record of the season with a time of 2:55.80. Ball's time is the sixth-fastest in school history and placed her ninth in the event at the meet. She also set a freshman record earlier this season in the 600-meter run.
Freshman Grace Magliola joined Ball in the 1,000 and also recorded a BIG EAST mark of 2:58.82.
Reshirt junior Robert Bleem also notched a conference mark in the weight throw. The mark places him 10th on the school's all-time list.
The meet resumes Saturday at 9 a.m. CT and will conclude following the men's 1,600-meter relay at 4:15 p.m.
Events listed below in BOLD have finished competition. Others will conclude tomorrow afternoon.
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