Track & Field Leads After Day One at BIG EAST Indoors
Feb. 26, 2016
BIG EAST Championships Central
Following day one, the Marquette men have accumulated 65 points, leading second-place and defending champion Villanova (49) after junior Joel Swanberg defended his BIG EAST title in the pole vault and five others registered top-three finishes.
On the women's side, Marquette (59.5 points) leads St. John's (57) and defending champion Villanova (39.5) after freshman Monique Felix won the pentathlon and Gemma Tedeschi claimed the pole vault title.
In the women's pentathlon, Felix won the high jump and long jump, while taking second in the 60-meter hurdles and 800-meter run on the way to gold. She wasn't done there, however, as she placed third in the individual long jump and qualified for tomorrow's 60-meter hurdle finals with the fifth-fastest time in qualifying.
Alec Miller qualified for Saturday's 1000 meter final with a time of 2:28:41.
Swanberg's title in the pole vault was his second straight indoor title. The event saw the Golden Eagles claim many points as William Ford tied Swanberg in height (4.80 meters/15-9), but settled for second with more attempts. Meanwhile, Vinny Martello and James Kubik took fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Swanberg (8.50 seconds) also qualified in the 60-meter hurdles final on Saturday along with sophomore William Eggers (9.13 seconds). Both are still very much in the hunt, along with Carson Meinholz, in the men's heptathlon which will conclude with the final three events on Saturday.
Tedeschi's BIG EAST title led a quartet of women to claim points in the pole vault event as well, as Nicole Jaffke placed third, followed by Briana Cross and Julie Clayton going sixth and seventh, respectively.
Marquette scored big in the men's weight throw with Maxwell Bullard taking home the silver medal, while Joel McBride placed third followed closely by teammates Terrance Howard and Brendan McKinney, who came in fourth and sixth, respectively.
Senior Nicole Ethier set another school record with her qualifying time in the 800-meter run, finishing with the fifth-fastest time of 2:10.83. Ethier set the MU record in the 600-meter run just a couple short weeks ago.
In the men's 500-meter run, senior Anton Rice won his heat and qualified for the final with a time of 1:04.58.
Sophomore Cassy Goodrich led all qualifiers in the women's 400-meter dash with a time of 54.92 seconds. Anna Strong (56.41 seconds) and Arra Strong (57.43 seconds) also qualified for the final. Nicholas Ebert qualified on the men's side with a time of 50.12 seconds.
Goodrich also qualified for the 60-meter dash final with a time of 7.76 seconds.
Freshman Karl Tatum ran a personal-best time of 6.95 seconds to qualify for the 60-meter dash final, while Connor Boos and Brandon Bell also qualified for Saturday's final with times of 7.02 and 7.05 seconds, respectively.
Connor Boos (22.17 seconds) was the lone qualifier for Marquette in the men's 200-meter final.
Day one wrapped up with the men's and women's distance medley relays. The women's team of Kayla Spencer, Anna Strong, Allison Parker and Jessica Parker took third and set a new school record in the event with a time of 11:31.45, while the men placed sixth.
The final day of competition will begin just after 9 a.m. Central time with the men's and women's mile, followed by field events at 9:30 a.m.
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