Koeck, Pashibin and Schuh Crowned BIG EAST Champions
Feb. 21, 2014
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MILWAUKEE – Three first-time BIG EAST Conference champions were crowned for the Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field teams on Friday afternoon as Tatyana Pashibin (pentathlon), William Koeck (weight throw) and Carlye Schuh (long jump) captured indoor league titles at The Armory in New York.
“It was a great day to kick off the conference meet, setting records and personal bests,” Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. “The athletes doing their best at this point in the season is what we are aiming for and I feel like that is where we are at. The goal is to be in the team title hunt and in that top three range. Looking at who we have in the finals tomorrow and the field events – I like where we are positioned. We’ve got to come out and compete hard, but I think we are in a good spot.”
The Golden Eagles sit in second place on both the men’s (44 points) and women’s (37 points) sides through the first day of competition. The meet resumes Saturday at 3:25 p.m. CT and is slated to wrap up with the awards ceremony at 7:50 p.m. CT.
Koeck and Schuh each set new Marquette records on their way to event titles and moved into the top 30 nationally in their respective events.
Koeck topped teammate Bret Hardin in the men’s weight throw with a toss of 21.24 meters (69 feet, 8.25 inches), a mark that ranks eighth on the NCAA Division I performance list entering the weekend’s competition. Hardin placed second with a throw of 18.63 meters, while freshman Joel McBride grabbed a pair of points for MU with a seventh-place finish.
Schuh, an All-BIG EAST performer in the outdoor long jump, broke through for her first conference title. Her leap of 6.11 meters (20 feet, 0.50 meters) makes her the first MU jumper to break the 20-foot plateau and ties her for 29th nationally. The Appleton, Wis., native will get another shot at conference hardware on Saturday in the 60-meter dash final and as the favorite in the women’s triple jump.
“I am so proud of Carlye, putting together just a fantastic season, consistently jumping 19 feet all year and finally scratched out a 20 footer,” Rogers said. “To have that be for a BIG EAST title with last year getting second outdoors by a centimeter. For her to come back and win it in convincing fashion is really sweet for her.”
Pashibin captured the day’s first title in the women’s pentathlon with 3,143 points. The Minneapolis, Minn., native recorded a personal best of 2:39.40 in the 800-meter run en route to the title and will also compete tomorrow in the women’s high jump.
“Tate is such an athlete and it still learning the event,” Rogers said. “If you talk to her she will tell you she was disappointed with her performance, but ‘Hey, you won. Which was the goal coming in.’ She was just looking at each individual event and how much better she knows that she can do. There is a lot of upside to where Tate can go from here. It was nice to have her first year in the multis be a winning experience for her.”
Freshman Alison Parker qualified for the final of the women’s 800-meter run with a sixth-place finish in the preliminaries at 2:10.86. That mark breaks Sarah Verdoliva’s program record of 2:11.52 set in 2010.
Parker’s classmate, Brittney Feivor, broke the MU freshman record in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:06.85 to place eighth.
In the men’s sprints, Glenn Lawrence Jr. and Brandon Bell each qualified for Saturday’s final in the 60- and 200-meter dashes, as did Anton Rice in the men’s 500. Rice placed fourth through the preliminary heats with a time of 1:04.46, the No. 3 mark in MU history.
Freshman Joel Swanberg, who sits third (2,237 points) in the heptathlon after four events, placed third in the men’s pole vault at a personal-best height of 4.60 meters (15 feet, 1 inch). Sophomore John Kaplan and Vinny Martello followed in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Three events remain for Swanberg in the heptathlon, including the pole vault, which will be competed at approximately 4:30 p.m. CT on Saturday. He sits just 126 points behind the event leader.
Former long sprinter Kyle Winter (800-meter run, 2012) is the only other Marquette student-athlete to have won an indoor BIG EAST title prior to this season.