Peller Excels in 'Meyo Mile' with NCAA Provisional Qualifying Mark
Feb. 9, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Marquette men's and women's track teams had a successful weekend among tough national competition as they competed in the Meyo Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The meet was held at the Loftus Sports Center on the campus of Notre Dame.
Several athletes hit personal best marks as well as BIG EAST qualifying times. Senior Cassie Peller hit an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the famed "Meyo Mile." Peller ran 4:46.94 finishing in seventh place. Peller will now have the opportunity to run in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
"This was an excellent weekend overall," head coach Bert Rogers said. "We're doing what we want to be doing and improving on our marks. Everyone is really coming around and we will use the off week next week to get ready for the BIG EAST Championships. I was really excited to come in and compete hard at such a big meet."
Kaitlyn Chamber ran the second fasted time in MU history, crossing the line in 2:52.37 to finish seventh in the 1,000m. Jayne Grebinski hit a personal best, 9:48.51, to finish 13th in the 3,000m.
The men ran well in the 1,000m as Peter Bolgert earned 11th with a time of 2:29.51 closely followed by Mark Kopecki in 14th with a 2:29.58. Mike McCarthy finished in 2:31.32 claiming 20th. Bolgert and Kopecki notched BIG EAST qualifying marks.
Scott Mueller hit his BIG EAST qualifying mark in the 3,000m crossing the line in 8:26.04.
Erynn James was the top finisher for the Golden Eagles clearing 5-6 in the high jump for fourth place. Carrie Schmid tied her own school record in the pole vault as she cleared 12-1.5.
Sarah Verdoliva had two personal bests on the weekend hitting a BIG EAST qualifying mark of 1:16.23 in the 500m and 2:13.94 for sixth place in the 800m.
Eric Meissner also notched dual personal bests with a BIG EAST qualifier, 1:05.13 in the 500m, which is fifth all-time in school history. He improved on a BIG EAST qualifying mark of 1:53.08 in the 800m.
Tyler O'Brien broke a school record in the 300m that was standing since 1980 (34.74). He ran a 34.73 earning seventh place overall. Antonio Jones ran the sixth fastest time in school history, crossing the line in 34.71 in the 300m.
With John Kusowski throwing a BIG EAST qualifying mark of 15.41m in the weight throw, all of the Golden Eagles' throwers have qualified to the BIG EAST Championships.
MU has a week off as they prepare for the BIG EAST Indoor Championships. The meet will be held Feb. 23 and 24 in New York, N.Y.