Track & Field Completes Historic Run at BIG EAST Indoors

Wally Ellenson leapt 7-3.25 and earned Most Outstanding Field Performer in another impressive high jump performance.
March 1, 2015

Results | MU's Championship Performances

NEW YORK - It was an historic day for the Marquette University men's and women's track & field teams as both finished runners-up for the BIG EAST Conference team titles when competition wrapped up at the 2015 BIG EAST Conference Indoor Championships at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory Sunday, March 1. Junior high jumper Wally Ellenson was one of three individual champions from Marquette crowned on the final day of competition. His jump of 7 feet, 3.25 inches set the meet record and earmedBIG EAST Conference Most Outstanding Field Performer for his accomplishments.

Sophomore Joel Swanberg was crowned champion in the pole vault on Saturday and added some hardware with a title in the men's heptathlon today. The Manhattan, Illinois native won three-of-the-seven events, including the 60-meter hurdles, the pole vault and long jump, to hold off Phil Reid of Providence for the win.

Also coming away with an individual championship was Marcell KirkmanBey, who raced to a time of 8.50 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles.

"It was an amazing weekend," head coach Bert Rogers said. "Both teams really competed and the performances really showed across the board with individuals setting PR after PR and a couple school records when it was all said and done.

"Being able to finish in the top-two on both the men's and women's sides was amazing," Rogers added. The entire coaching staff is amazed and really proud of what our student-athletes were able to accomplish this weekend."

The men racked up 171.5 points to finish 30 points behind Villanova, which defended its title from last year.

"Going into the meet, we felt like our men were a first- or second-place team and that we had a good shot at challenging Villanova," Rogers said. "And that's how it ended up with us and Villanova the whole way and they just had a little more depth in the distance races."

The Marquette women totaled 133.5 points as a team to finish behind Villanova (176 points), which also defended its titled from a year ago.

"On the women's side, we felt it was more of a four-team race," Rogers said. "On paper, it was going to be an uphill battle and I think we won that battle by taking second place. Villanova is just really deep on the women's side."

MU cashed in in the women's high jump, securing four of the top-six spots led by Tatyana Pashibin, who took second place with a jump of 5 feet, 5 inches. Omo Tseumah (5 feet, 5 inches), Bridget Bodee (5 feet, 3 inches) and Taylor Keating (5 feet, 1 inch) finished close behind.

Freshman Maya Marion placed second in the shot put with a distance of 43 feet, 5.75 inches (13.25 meters). Senior Kathryn Koeck took eighth with a throw of 40 feet, 6 inches (12.34 meters).

In the women's mile, Kellie Greenwood raced to another personal best with a time of 4:47.74, ranking third all-time in Marquette history. She also claimed a fifth-place finish in the women's 3,000 with a personal best of 9:25.64, marking the second-fastest time in MU history.

In the women's 400-meter dash, freshman Cassy Goodrich took third place with a time of 56.38 seconds, while the Strong twins finished close behind. Anna Strong took fourth with a time of 56.65 seconds and Arra Strong finished seventh at 58.45 seconds.

The women's 4x400-meter relay team of Arra Strong, Anna Strong, Katie Tolan and Goodrich ran to a second-place finish with a time of 3:49.23.

Goodrich wasn't done as she also placed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.78. Anna Strong was sixth with a personal-best time of 25.10, which was fourth in MU history.

The Miller twins took fifth and eighth place in the men's 1,000 meters. Alec Miller raced to a freshman record time of 2:26.59, while Aric Miller finished right behind at 2:27.71.

In the men's triple jump, the Golden Eagles placed four in the top-five. Djdade Denson leapt to a second-place distance of 44 feet, 9 inches, while Brett Tobin (44 feet, 8 inches), Alex Halloway (43 feet, 6.5 inches) and Dwayne Dash (43 feet, 3 inches) all took third, fourth and fifth place.

All eyes were on Ellenson in the high jump, but the biggest surprise to many was Max Kilpin leaping to a personal-best height of 6 feet, 10.75 inches, which tied for the fourth-best jump in school history and placed him second overall in the event.

In the distance medley relay, the men's and women's teams both took third place. The men's team of Aric Miller, Ryan Shields, David Sajdak and Alec Miller ran to a time of 7:42.39. And on the women's side, the team of Nicole Ethier, Jessica Parker, Krista McClure and Jennifer Parker finished with the fourth-best time in Marquette history (9:03.05).

Next up for both programs will be the NCAA Indoor Championships, March 13-14, hosted by Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas where select individuals will compete against the nation's best.




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