Marquette Men, Women Lead BIG EAST After Day One
Feb. 24, 2017
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams are in prime position to contend for team titles after a successful day one at the 2017 BIG EAST Indoor Championships at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Friday.
The Golden Eagles claimed three individual titles with William Ford winning his first indoor crown in the pole vault, Monique Felix defending her title in the pentathlon and Terica Harris grabbing gold in the long jump. In addition, senior Brittney Feivor set the school-record in the 5,000 meters and took third place overall with a time of 16:26.32.
“Overall, it was excellent effort,” Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. “We had three champs and a school record with a number of other podium placings. I think we’re about where I expected us to be and we’re pretty excited for tomorrow!”
Both the men’s and women’s teams are off to promising leads over second-place Villanova with the men leading 50-42 and the women with a more considerable, 81.50-50.50, advantage.
Felix got the women’s side off to a sparkling start as she was dominant once again in the pentathlon. The Sheboygan, Wisconsin, native improved upon her score from last year when she was named Most Outstanding Female Field Athlete, finishing with 3,554 points. She used first-place efforts in the long jump and 60-meter hurdles on the way to defending her title.
Erica Wanie and Catherine Sherwood each set personal-bests and climbed into the MU Top-10 as they claimed team points in the pentathlon for Marquette as well, placing fourth and seventh, respectively. Wanie jumped from seventh to fourth in the final event as she was able to come away with a win in the 800 meters (2:21.53).
Harris, who was a two-time BIG EAST weekly award winner this indoor season, secured her first BIG EAST indoor title with a win in the long jump. Her mark of 5.97 meters (19 feet, 7 inches) is No. 2 all-time at Marquette. Felix took fourth overall, while Madison Marko placed fifth.
Gemma Tedeschi reached the podium in the women’s pole vault with a runner-up finish, jumping to a height of 3.60 meters (11 feet, 9 inches). Julie Clayton was fourth with a personal-best, while Nicole Jaffke and Briana Cross were right behind in fifth and sixth place, respectively.
Monica Voudrie, who is the reigning BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week, placed second in the weight throw with Keely Knobbe right behind to take third. The distance medley relay team of Meghan Carroll, Arra Strong, Kyra Gudex and Mary Hanson took fifth place.
On the men’s side, Ford was the highlight with his win in the pole vault. It was his first-ever BIG EAST indoor gold, but his second straight in the event dating back to BIG EAST Outdoors last May.
Marquette placed two on the podium in the men’s weight throw with Terrance Howard turning in a runner-up finish with a personal-best toss of 18.33 meters (60 feet, 1.75 inches) – good for No. 6 all-time at Marquette. Senior captain Joel McBride took third.
In the men’s long jump, MU placed three in the top-seven with Dwayne Dash Jr. taking second place. Djdade Denson, who had only been able to compete in two meets prior to the BIG EAST Championships, was able to take fifth overall. Cory Cegelski was close behind in seventh.
Qualifying for Saturday’s finals were Mathew Peter, who won his heat in the 60-meter hurdles, joining Chris Van Saders and Carson Meinholz. Both Joshua Word and Brandon Bell qualified in the 60-meter dash, while Bell also qualified for Saturday’s final in the 200-meter dash along with Connor Boos.
William Eggers, who had three top-three finishes in the first four events of the heptathlon, including a win in the long jump, unfortunately was forced to remove himself from the remainder of the competition due to injury.
Competition resumes on Saturday at 9 a.m. Central time with the conclusion of the men’s heptathlon.
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