Track & Field Closes Out Indoor Regular Season

Freshman Terica Harris turned in a pair of top-three performances in the 60-meter dash and triple jump.
Feb. 20, 2015

Panther Tune-up Results | Red & White Open Results

MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track & field teams closed out the indoor regular season at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Tune-up and Wisconsin Red & White Open Friday, Feb. 20.

"Overall, the main thing was to get done what we needed to get done in order to get ready for the BIG EAST Championships and I think we accomplished that," said head coach Bert Rogers. "Having a lot of good performances and winning some events, it was a nice cap to the regular season and now we head to the championship portion.

"The highlight was Wally's big jump," Rogers added. "It was even more impressive as he came right over from hoops practice and then jumped so well."

Everyone had eyes on Wally Ellenson, who competed in the high jump for the first time in two weeks. The dual-sport athlete is a BIG EAST Championship hopeful in the even and he began his night by entering at 2.01 meters, clearing it with ease. He then cleared his next two heights on the first try before the bar was raised to 2.16 meters, which equated to slightly over 7 feet.

Ellenson watched as his two remaining competitors missed all three of their attempts at the height, while he needed just one try once again and broke the Klotsche Center record in the process. Having locked up the high jump title, the Rice Lake, Wisconsin native would attempt 7 feet, 3 inches (2.21 meters) and needed two attempts to clear the mark. He fell just shy of clearing 7 feet, 4.5 inches (2.26 meters), bumping the bar ever so slightly in each of his three attempts.

Ellenson remains tied for the national lead at 7 feet, 5.75 inches (2.28 meters), which he cleared at the Wisconsin Open back on Jan. 17, in Madison.

In the women's high jump, Omo Tseumah cleared a season-best mark of 5 feet, 6.5 inches to take second in the event. Taylor Keating set a personal-best with a height of 5 feet, 1.25 inches.

In the long jump, Tatyana Pashibin's mark of 17 feet, 8 inches (5.38 meters) was a personal best and good enough to take home the win. It was closely rivaled by another personal-best mark by Erica Wanie, who leapt 17 feet, 0.75 inches (5.20 meters) to take fifth place.



Gemma Tedeschi and Nicole Jaffke both cleared over 11 feet to take second and third place, respectively, in the pole vault competition.

In Madison, William Koeck recorded a season-best weight throw of 65 feet, 8.75 inches (20.03 meters), which was good for third place behind Wisconsin's Michael Lihrman, who threw for the No. 4 mark in the U.S. with a distance of 81 feet, 8.75 inches (24.87 meters). Marquette also saw Joel McBride throw a personal-best mark of 54 feet, 8.25 inches (16.67 meters).

Kathryn Koeck, the sister of William, had herself a day in the weight throw as well. Her toss of 59 feet, 5.5 inches (18.12 meters) took fourth and was a personal best, while ranking as the third-best throw in Marquette history. 

Back at the Klotsche Center, it was Terica Harris running to a time of 7.91 to finish third in the 60-meter dash, registering a personal best and the No. 10 mark all-time in MU history. Harris also jumped to a PR in the triple jump with a distance of 36 feet, 11.75 inches (11.27 meters) to take second place.

In the 60 hurdles, Marcell KirkmanBey placed fourth overall with a personal-best tying mark of 8.5 seconds.

In the women's mile, Kenzie Vicker took second place with a season-best time of 5:09.97. Meanwhile, in the 800, Meghan Carroll won the event with a time of 2:14.85, which was a personal best.

In the men's 3,000-meter run, Kevin Ryan and Patrick Campbell took the top two spots with Ryan rumbling to a time of 9:01.20. Zach Wehner finished close behind as well, with a personal-best time of 9:11.93.

On the women's side, Sarah Poirier took home the title with a season-best time of 10:56.43. 

The BIG EAST Championships are set to take place at The Armory in New York City Saturday, Feb. 28-Sunday, March 1.


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