Swanberg Highlights Solid Day One at BIG EAST Indoor Championships

Joel Swanberg secured an individual championship in the pole vault with a record-setting mark of 16 feet.
Feb. 28, 2015

2015 BIG EAST Conference Indoor Championships
The Armory | New York City
Saturday, Feb. 28 - Sunday, March 1

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Day One Results | Day Two Schedule of Events

- The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams sit in first and second place, respectively, after day one of the 2015 BIG EAST Indoor Championships being held at the historic Armory. Sophomore Joel Swanberg with the highlight of the night as he set a school record and became the new BIG EAST champion in the pole vault with a height of 16 feet (4.88 meters).

Swanberg's height topped the field of eight vaulters  and led the way for three other MU competitors as Vinny Martello (14 feet, 7.25 inches), William Ford (14 feet, 7.25 inches) and John Kaplan (14 feet, 1.25 inches) took third, fourth and fifth place, respectively.



Swanberg's performance was a personal best and just the beginning of his night as he began his quest for a heptathlon title as well. He currently leads the competition of 10 competitors through four events. Teammates Brett Tobin and Will Eggers are in second and fourth place, respectively, while Jordan Smith is nearby in ninth.

Records continued to fall when Cassy Goodrich set a new Marquette standard in the 200-meter dash, running the fastest time of three heats and qualifying with ease for tomorrow's final with a time of 24.59 seconds.

Goodrich is scheduled to run four events in all, including the women's 400 meters. Her time of 56.84 seconds was fourth-fastest and qualified her for tomorrow's final along with teammates Anna (56.37 seconds) and Arra Strong (57.88 seconds).

A new Marquette freshman record was set in the 1,000-meter run when Meghan Carrol ran to a time of 2:50.60. It was the No. 2 mark overall in school history and it qualified her for tomorrow's final.

Kathryn Koeck (59 feet, 6.75 inches) and Samantha Kennedy (56 feet, 4 inches) registered personal-bests in the weight throw and finished second and fifth, respectively.

In the men's weight throw, William Koeck narrowly missed defending his indoor title with a second place finish after a throw of 60 feet, 11.5 inches (18.58 meters). Bret Hardin (56 feet, 10 inches) took fourth followed by Joel McBride (50 feet, 4 inches) in sixth.

Nicole Jaffke (12 feet) and Gemma Tedeschi (11 feet, 5.75 inches) both set personal bests in the pole vault to take sixth and seventh place, respectively,

The Golden Eagles were well-represented in the long jump as Dash leapt to a mark of 23 feet, 4.50 inches (7.12 meters). Denson gave MU two in the top-three after his personal-best distance of 22 feet, 9.5 inches (6.94 meters) in the long jump. On the women's side, Tatyana Pashibin (18 feet, 1.75 inches) and Terica Harris (17 feet, 10.75 inches) placed third and fifth, respectively.

Jennifer Parker raced to a personal best and the No. 2 time in MU history in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.97.

Nate Gomoll qualified for the final in the men's mile with a time of 4:22.18. Brittney Feivor ran a personal-best on the way to sixth place in the 5,000-meter run. Feivor registered the No. 2 mark all-time in the event, going for a time of 16:36.64.

In the men's 60-meter dash, Brandon Bell (7.09 seconds), Glen Lawrence Jr. (7.19 seconds) and Joshua Word (7.10 seconds) all qualified for tomorrow's final. Bell also qualified in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.52.

Michael Corr and Anton Rice will both compete in the men's 500-meter final tomorrow after running times of 1:07.12 and 1:07.61 in prelims.

The men's distance medley relay team of Ryan Shields, Alex Halloway, David Sajdak and Cody Haberkorn finished in third place with an impressive time of 9:58.99.

Events pick back up tomorrow morning at 10:30 with the women's mile.


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