Golden Eagles Conclude 2011 BIG EAST Indoor Championships
Feb. 20, 2011
AKRON, Ohio - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams concluded the final day of competition Sunday afternoon at the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Stile Athletics Field House.
"Sunday was another step in the process," head coach Bert Rogers said. "We accomplished a lot and we wanted to compete as well as we could. We will continue to build on our performances this weekend as we head to the outdoor season."
Junior Jack Hackett finished fifth in the mile run to earn four points for the Golden Eagle men, while sophomore Spencer Agnew placed 12th after notching a personal best Saturday afternoon in his preliminary heat. Hackett's time of 4:10.56 is a seasonal best for the Port Washington, Wis., native.
In the women's pole vault, junior Lauren Darnall entered the weekend sixth on the BIG EAST performance list and held true to that mark with a height of 12 feet, 7 1/2 inches (3.85 meters) to place sixth. Darnall earned 2.5 points with that finish, while fellow pole vaulter Abby Croft set an MU freshman record by reaching a height of 11 feet, 7 3/4 inches (3.55 meters), besting Carrie Schmid's previous mark of 11 feet, 3 3/4 inches. Croft finished 11th after being 20th on the indoor conference performance list.
Senior Alyssa Davis bettered her indoor career best in the triple jump with a distance of 39 feet, 3 inches (11.96 meters) to place seventh and earn two points. Davis' mark leaves her third in school history in the indoor triple jump.
Nick Szczech earned two points in the 3,000-meter run after finishing seventh in 8:22.88. Junior Blake Johnson and fifth-year senior Brice Cleland also ran in the event and placed 17th and 21st, respectively.
The women's 1,600-meter relay notched the eighth-best time (3:53.91) in school history and the fastest MU time since 2002.
The men's 3,200-meter relay placed 10th in 7:50.04 after Billy Schlottke had the baton knocked out of his hand during his leg of the relay.
"We had some bad luck in the four-by-eight (relay) just like last year outdoors," Rogers said. "Billy Schlottke had the baton knocked out of his hand during his leg and once we got things going again, Kyle (Winter) was out of position on the anchor leg."
Also earning points for the men were high jumpers Cheldon Brown and Michael Saindon, who tied for seventh with a height of 6 feet, 5 inches (1.96 meters). Both earned three-quarters of a point for MU.
Sophomore long sprinter Kyle Winter placed eighth in the 800-meter run in 1:52.43 after winning his preliminary heat Saturday afternoon. Winter earned one point for the Golden Eagles.
The men's distance medley relay turned in the second-best time in school history with a fifth-place finish in 9:53.67 to earn four points.
Robert Bleem recorded a personal-best distance in the weight throw Saturday afternoon with a top throw of 55 feet, 11 3/4 inches, the ninth-best mark in MU history. Bleem placed sixth in the event to earn MU three points.
Marquette finished the Championships 12th on the men's side with 15.5 points, while the women were 14th with 5.5 points. The overall men's winner was Connecticut, while Louisville took the women's title by 1.5 points over Connecticut.
The Golden Eagles return to action in their final indoor meet of the season Friday, March 4 at the Alex Wilson Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.
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