Track and Field Wraps up USF Bulls Invitational
March 15, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – The Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field squads concluded the final day of competition Friday afternoon at the USF Bulls Invitational in Tampa, Fla., their first meet of the 2013 outdoor campaign.
“We definitely got what we were looking for out of this meet,” Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. “The big part of week was for us to get good training in warm weather and that is exactly what we were able to accomplish. We had some good workouts, especially for the technical events, and had a pretty solid meet. For all the work we knew that a few of the kids might be a little tired but we still put up a lot of really good marks in some areas and it was definitely a good building block for the outdoor season.”
In the women’s discus, juniors Kathryn Koeck and Kristen Gaffey each hit BIG EAST marks as did juniors Kate Hein (56.45 seconds) and Gretchen Homan (56.52 seconds) in the 400-meter run, who finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Katie Kemmerer joined Hein and Homan in the 400 and her time of 57.74 moved her to ninth all-time in Marquette history.
Gaffey also notched a conference mark in the shot put along with junior Kirsten Walker.
Tyler Leverington, a first-year law student at Marquette, recorded a BIG EAST Conference-qualifying mark in the men’s 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:54.61 as he finished third.
Schuh, the Marquette women’s record holder in the long jump, placed seventh in the event with a distance of 18 feet, 2 1/4 inches (5.54 meters). She recorded the mark on her first attempt before fouling on her remaining five tries.
Franklin and Schuh placed 16th and 17th, respectively, in the women’s 100-meter run with times of 12.043 and 12.047 seconds. Schuh’s mark is a personal best and less than two-hundredths of a second shy of the No. 4 mark in program history.
Freshman Anton Rice made his outdoor debut in the men’s 800-meter run and placed fifth in the event in a time of 1:57.85.
After competing yesterday in the hammer throw, redshirt senior David Carbajal placed sixth in the shot put (14.10 meters), while sophomore Samantha Kennedy was finished 11 in the women’s javelin (32.24 meters).
The Koeck siblings kicked things off Thursday afternoon by leading a group of four Marquette student-athletes in the hammer throw that all notched BIG EAST Conference qualifying marks.
William Koeck won the hammer throw and finished just one centimeter shy of the Marquette record with a distance of 188 feet, 8 inches (57.52 meters). Koeck notched a personal best on his first throw of the afternoon and recorded his longest mark, the No. 2 distance in Marquette history, on his second toss.
Junior Kathryn Koeck also etched her name second in the hammer throw in the Marquette women’s record book with a top distance of 193 feet, 3 inches (58.91 meters) to place second in the women’s event.
“I was really happy overall with the group. The focus was on the technical events but I like where we are at. We are looking forward to getting back to Milwaukee and getting a couple good weeks of training before we head to Cincinnati,” Rogers said.
The Golden Eagles will be off next week before resuming the outdoor season on March 29-30 at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio.