Jon Kusowski's Sets Marquette Record in Day One at BIG EAST Championships
Feb. 18, 2012
2012 BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships
NEW YORK - Jonathan Kusowski's program record in the men's weight throw highlighted the first day of competition for the Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams Saturday at the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships in New York City.
Action at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory resumes Sunday at 7 a.m. CT with the meet scheduled to wrap up with the awards ceremony at 2:20 p.m. CT
Kusowski's record throw of 63 feet, 1/4 inch (19.21 meters) placed him second overall in the event and earned eight points for the Marquette men, who sit seventh in the team standings after five scored events with 12 points.
"I am really proud of both teams. We had a lot of personal records and nice performances, highlighted by Jon Kusowski," said Marquette head coach Bert Rogers. "We are looking forward to some big performances tomorrow when we get back to The Armory. We are pretty stoked with a good group of runners who qualified for Sunday's finals."
Another great mark was turned in by sophomore Carlye Schuh who placed fifth in the long jump with a personal-best distance of 19 feet, 1 1/2 inches (5.83 meters). The Appleton, Wis., native was in eighth place in the event heading into her final jump before topping her previous PR by almost five inches.
Schuh's finish earned the MU women four points, who sit tied for 13th through six events with five total points.
The pole vault proved to be a valuable event on both the men's and women's sides for Marquette with a pair of seventh-place finishes. Jerrick Backous moved up to third on Marquette's top-10 list with a top height of 15 feet, 3 inches (4.65 meters), while Abby Croft's vault of 11 feet, 9 3/4 inches (3.60 meters) is the third-best MU mark ever.
Tyler O'Brien, Kyle Winter and Jack Hackett all qualified for Sunday's finals with stellar performances on Saturday. O'Brien tied his school record of 21.75 seconds in the 200-meter dash with the eighth-fastest time and will run the 200 finals tomorrow at 12:50 p.m. CT.
Winter had the seventh-fastest 800-meter run time of 1:54.44 and will compete in the Sunday's finals at 10:50 a.m. CT.
Hackett paced two other Golden Eagles in the men's mile with a time of 4:12.73, the eighth-fastest on the day. He will run in the finals on Sunday at 11:50 p.m. CT.
The meet is the seventh for the Golden Eagles since joining the BIG EAST prior to the 2005-06 academic year and the men have the athletes this season to notch their highest point total in that span.
For the first time, live streaming video of the events will be available, courtesy of BIGEAST.org.
Men's Team Scores (after five events)
Women's Team Scores (after six events)
Marquette's BIG EAST Indoor Finishes