Koeck Places 15th in Weight Throw at NCAA Indoors
March 14, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Junior William Koeck concluded a successful indoor campaign with a 15th-place finish in the men's weight throw at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.
"It was a very tough field, which you would expect at a national meet, and it took a little further than we thought it might to get to the final," Marquette head track and field coach Bert Rogers said. "Will had a great indoor season and we are proud of all that he has accomplished,"
Koeck, who fouled on his final two attempts, recorded a distance of 19.03 meters (62 feet, 5.25 meters) on his first throw of Friday evening.
"(On the two fouls) his second throw was probably his best one and just after he released it he lost his balance a little bit and stepped outside the ring," Rogers said. "By the time he got up to the third round there were a bunch of guys who put up some really big throws and he just really went for it. He would have had to post a PR to get to the final and he was going for it but couldn't quite get it in."
The Winneconne, Wis., native is the 2014 BIG EAST Conference champion in the weight throw with a program-record toss of 21.24 meters (69 feet, 8.25 inches). He compiled four meet victories in the weight throw this indoor season and entered the meet No. 11 among all NCAA Division I weight throwers.
"This was a great experience for Will," Rogers said. "Getting to the national meet increases the level of competition and even though he didn't do as well as he was hoping, the experience is invaluable as we look down the road. We have high expectations heading into outdoors and looking to get back to the national meet. Getting here, seeing what it is all about, the way they run the meet, makes it a great experience for him."
Koeck is the first Marquette student-athlete to compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships since Michaela Courtney did so in the women's mile in 2006. He is also the first member of the men's squad to participate at the meet since Dan Fax earned All-American honors in the shot put in 1997.
Outside of Koeck, the rest of the Golden Eagles began the outdoor season on Thursday and Friday at the USF Open in Tampa, Fla., with a number of good performances, including a new program record in the men's javelin.
Freshman John Krzyszkowski broke the Marquette men's javelin record with a toss of 58.99 meters (193 feet, 6 inches), which topped Greg Uher's 14-year old by over two feet.
Sprinters Anna Strong and Katie Kemmerer each notched new personal bests in the women's 400-meter run to move up Marquette's record book. Strong placed fourth in a time of 56.31 seconds (No. 5 at MU), while Kemmerer's time of 56.89 seconds placed her seventh (No. 8 at MU).
In the men's pole vault, freshman Joel Swanberg tied for fourth, clearing a height of 4.75 meters (15 feet, 7 inches). Swanberg's mark is second in program history and his three attempts at 4.90 meters, which would have been a new school record, fell short.
Senior Michael Saindon and freshman Omo Tseumah each placed second in the men's and women's high jump, respectively. Tseumah recorded a top height of 1.73 meters (5 feet, 8 inches), which registers as the No. 5 mark in Marquette history, while Saindon's top leap of 2.03 meters (6 feet, 8 inches) is one and a half inches shy of his personal best. Saindon was not able to clear the bar in three attempts at 2.13 meters.
Freshman Nicole Jaffke finished ninth in the women's pole vault and her height of 3.20 meters (10 feet, 6 inches) has her eighth in MU history.
In the men's long jump, freshman Dwayne Dash (6.97 meters/22 feet, 10.50 inches) placed third, while sophomores Brett Tobin and Jordan Smith were 12th and 16th, respectively. Tobin was also 10th in the triple jump.
Junior Samantha Kennedy tied her personal best in the hammer throw on Thursday to win the event with a distance of 55.18 meters (181 feet), while senior Kristen Gaffey was seventh with a distance of 45.72 meters (150 feet). Kennedy is currently fifth all-time in Marquette history in the event.
The Surrey, British Columbia native also competed in the javelin and was eighth with a heave of 33.34 meters (109 feet, 4 inches).
Gaffey won the shot put on Friday at a distance of 13.32 meters (43 feet, 8.50 inches) and threw the discus, placing fourth.
The Golden Eagles resume the outdoor season on March 28-29 at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational in Cincinnati.