Marquette Women Capture First BIG EAST Title

Junior Joel Swanberg repeated as BIG EAST champion in both the pole vault and heptathlon.
Feb. 27, 2016

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – The Marquette University women’s track and field team captured its first-ever BIG EAST team title and freshman Monique Felix was named Field Performer of the Meet, while the men’s team finished a close second, on the final day of competition at the Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex on Saturday.

The women’s team totaled 168.5 points on the strength of four individual victories, including Omo Tseumah (high jump), Gemma Tedeschi (pole vault), Maya Marion (shot put) and Monique Felix (pentathlon), who also took third in the long jump and second in the triple jump to earn Field Performer of the Meet honors. The Marquette coaching staff, led by Bert Rogers was named women’s Coaching Staff of the Year.

“Super proud of the team. Our ladies just competed and competed hard,” Rogers said after the meet. “Going into the meet, we knew it was going to be a tight race between us, St. John’s and Villanova. On paper, we thought St. John’s might be the favorite and we battled them the closest to the end.

But our ladies came to compete super hard today and I’m proud of them for doing a lot of amazing things. We’re proud to represent Marquette.”

The field events paced the women’s side and solidified the team win before the last event – the 4x400-meter relay – even took place. In that event, the quartet of Arra Strong, Anna Strong, Nicole Ethier and Cassy Goodrich took third place with a time of 3:44.51. The time was No. 2 all-time at MU and the fastest since 2000.

In the high jump, Tseumah took home the gold with a height of 1.66 meters with Bridget Bodee and Tatyana Pashibin coming in second and third place, respectively. Felix’s performance in the triple jump with a distance of 12.07 meters (39 feet, 7.25 inches) set an MU freshman record and was No. 3 all-time. Allison Chmelik, Pashibin and Terica Harris all finished in the top-7 as well.

Sophomore Maya Marion is now the reigning BIG EAST champion in the shot put for both indoor and outdoor competition after a throw of 13.97 meters (45 feet, 10 inches).

On the track, Goodrich had a busy day, setting the school record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.97 seconds to become the first Marquette sprinter to break 54 seconds in the event, including indoor and outdoor competition. The Strong sisters were close behind with Anna (55.78 seconds) taking third and Arra (58.17 seconds) placing eighth.

The Franksville native also took fifth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.77 seconds.

In the 800 meters, Ethier ran her second-fastest time ever and placed fifth with a time of 2:11.00. Jessica Parker set the No. 8 mark all-time in the women’s mile with a time of 4:52.83 to take fourth place. She also teamed up with Alison Parker, Kayla Spencer and Jennifer Parker on the record-setting 4x800-meter relay team that ran the fastest time (8:58.53) in program history to take second place in the event.

Spencer (2:52.71) and Meghan Carroll (2:54.41) took fourth and fifth, respectively, in the women’s 1,000 meters, while Clare McDonald (9:59.82) and Nora Keller (10:04.07) placed ninth and 10th, respectively, in the 3,000 meters.

For the Men

It was another runner-up finish for the men, who closed the gap between it and defending champion Villanova, which came away with a 13-point (208-195). It came down to the final event before Villanova could solidify the title. In the 4x400-meter relay, the Wildcats placed second behind winner DePaul, while the Golden Eagles settled for third.

“On the men’s side, we knew it was going to be a battle between us and Villanova,” Rogers said. “We really did everything we thought we needed to do in order to win, but Villanova was really strong and surprised us in some of the track events. We’re definitely looking forward to outdoors when we get Wally [Ellenson] and John Krzyszkowski back.”

The men finished with three event winners with sophomore Maxwell Bullard taking the gold in the men’s shot put and Joel Swanberg repeating in both the pole vault and heptathlon for the second year in a row.

The Golden Eagles went 1-2 in the heptathlon as William Eggers placed second with 4,480 points to Swanberg’s 4,815. Jordan Smith (4,027) and Carson Meinholz (3,805) weren’t far behind, taking fourth and fifth place, respectively.

There were several other podium finishes for the men, including Swanberg again in the 60-meter hurdles – finishing with a time of 8.48 seconds. Also turning in second place finishes was sophomore Alec Miller in the 1,000-meter run and freshman Karl Tatum in the 60-meter dash.

Tatum’s time of 6.91 seconds set the school record. Connor Boos placed fifth in the event and set the No. 5 mark all-time with a time of 6.95 seconds, while Brandon Bell was close behind in seventh with a time of 7.07 seconds.

The men scored big in the triple jump with William Wolf taking second place with a jump of 14.28 meters (46 feet, 10.25 inches), setting a personal-best and No. 5 jump all-time. Meanwhile, Dwayne Dash Jr. took third, Alex Halloway fourth and Djdade Denson sixth.

Anton Rice placed fourth in the 500-meter run with a time of 1:04.51, while William Hennessy took sixth in the mile and Aric Miller placed seventh in the 800-meter run.

Final Team Scores and Individual Awards:

Women’s Team Scores

  1. Marquette – 168.50
  2. St. John’s – 150
  3. Villanova – 133.5
  4. Georgetown –112
  5. DePaul – 98
  6. Providence – 46
  7. Butler – 38
  8. Xavier – 32 

Most Outstanding Female Field Performer: Monique Felix, Marquette
Most Outstanding Female Track Performer: Angel Piccirillo, Villanova
Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year: Marquette

Men’s Team Scores

  1. Villanova – 208
  2. Marquette – 195
  3. DePaul – 124.5
  4. Georgetown – 89
  5. Butler – 62.5
  6. Providence – 54
  7. Xavier – 40

Most Outstanding Male Field Performer: Trevor Kintyhtt, DePaul
Most Outstanding Male Track Performer: Patrick Tiernan, Villanova
Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year: Villanova




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