Led by Men's 5,000-Meter Run, Golden Eagles Conclude Day One at Meyo Invitational
Feb. 5, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field squads concluded the first day of competition Friday evening at the 23rd annual Meyo Invitational.
"We were able to kick off the meet well on Friday," head coach Bert Rogers said. "We had solid performances in the first day and we are now looking forward to some big marks tomorrow."
The highlight of the day for the Golden Eagles was the men's 5,000-meter run where juniors Nick Szczech and Brice Cleland along with sophomore Blake Johnson moved into the top-10 list in school history. All three set personal bests and BIG EAST qualifying times.
Szczech recorded the third-fastest time in MU history with a finish of 14:25.10, while Blake Johnson in his first ever 5,000 set the fourth-fastest time in 14:26.75. Cleland was 23rd in the race in 14:46.28, the ninth-best time at MU.
In the women's 1,000-meter run, senior Sarah Verdoliva moved in the top-10 list with a time of 2:53.53. Verdoliva's time, third-fastest in school history, was a BIG EAST mark, as were the times recorded by juniors Olivia Johnson and Kristin Pelzel.
Freshman Jack Senefeld bettered the Marquette freshman record in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:28.98.
Stephanie Grant, fresh off a BIG EAST qualifying mark in the 400-meter dash last weekend, finished 21st in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:18.72.
On Saturday, the unseeded sections of the running events will take place, beginning with the women's 3,000-meter run at 9 a.m. ET until the men's 200-meter dash at 1:30 p.m. The seeded sections will kick off with the men's high jump at 1 p.m. and continue throughout the afternoon until the men's 1,600-meter relay at 4:40 p.m.