Kyle Winter Sets Marquette Record in Indoor 600 at GVSU

Kyle Winter set the Marquette record in the 600 after falling short at last season's dual meet at Milwaukee.

Feb. 8, 2013

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ALLENDALE, Mich. - In his final attempt at the indoor 600-meter run of his collegiate career, senior Kyle Winter broke Marquette's program record with a time of 1:19.07 at the Grand Valley State Big Meet in Allendale, Mich.

"Kyle ran a very nice race out there and is looking sharp," Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. "He will be ready to go next week and look to defend his 800 title at the BIG EAST Championships. It was a pretty solid meet for the team as a whole. We accomplished what we wanted to as a tune-up and the guys are running really well. We are feeling good and ready for BIG EAST next week."

It was the third attempt of the season in the 600 for Winter, who was just one-hundredth of a second shy of the MU record entering the day of competition. Winter is the defending BIG EAST Conference indoor champion in the 800-meter run, and set a personal-best mark of 1:50.36, last weekend at the Meyo Invitational.

The meet, which runs Friday and Saturday at the Kelly Family Sports Center, features almost 2,500 meet entries.

In the men's high jump, senior Cheldon Brown continued his strong marks of late by tying a personal best with a jump of 6 feet, 9 1/2 inches (2.07 meters) to win the event. Brown also finished with the same mark at the Meyo Invitational.

On the women's side, junior Abby Croft broke the 12-foot barrier for the first time in her indoor career in the pole vault with a height of 12 feet, 1/2 inch (3.68 meters). That mark places her third all-time in MU history.

"Abby Croft jumped over 12 feet indoors in the pole vault so she is peaking at the right time," Rogers said. "Molly Hanson ran an excellent mile and just missed the freshman record. She looked really strong and ran a little bit slower lap in the middle there so I think there is a lot more there for next week."  

Hanson placed third in the women's mile with a time of 4:52.12, the fifth-fastest mark in program annuls. The Dodgeville, Wis., native also notched a top-10 MU mark in the 1,000-meter run at last weekend's Meyo Invitational.  

In the women's 400-meter dash, junior Katie Kemmerer ran a lifetime-best time of 57.83 seconds which registers as the No. 5 time in program history. Kemmerer, who also ran the 200 meters with a PR of 25.86 seconds, was joined in the 400 by freshmen Sarah Connolly, Mikayla Preissner and Laura Schweikert.

Marquette received new BIG EAST-qualifying marks from seniors Patrick Maag and Spencer Agnew with personal-best times of 4:13.40 and 4:14.31, respectively.

The Golden Eagles return to action Saturday, Feb. 16 at the BIG EAST Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio at the Spire Institute.




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