Track & Field Concludes First Outdoor Meet at USF
March 16, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. – The Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field teams concluded their first outdoor meet of the season Friday evening at the University of South Florida’s Bulls Invitational at the USF Track & Field Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
“We had a lot of really good performances and personal bests in our first outdoor meet,” Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. “It was a good meet for us and we are looking forward to getting on track again in a couple weeks in Cincinnati. We worked really hard today and we will continue to improve as the season progresses.”
The highlight of the day for the Golden Eagles was junior Cheldon Brown in the high jump where he set a personal best and the third-best mark in Marquette history with a leap of 6 feet, 10 ¾ inches (2.10 meters) to win the event. Brown’s height would have earned him inclusion in the NCAA preliminary rounds last season.
Brown was joined in the high jump by sophomore Michael Saindon who also reached a BIG EAST Conference qualifying mark while finishing fourth.
Senior James Muehleman placed seventh in the triple jump with a distance of 46 feet, 11 ½ inches (14.31 meters), the No. 4 mark in program history. He also recorded a personal best in the long jump, in which he competed with Saindon.
Jonathan Kusowski led a contingent of six Marquette men in the hammer throw with a fifth-place finish and a distance of 180 feet, 6 inches (55.03 meters).
Two-time Academic All-American Peter Bolgert finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:23.60.
Sophomore Kate Hein placed third in the women’s 400-meter run (56.25 seconds) with the third-best time in program history.
In the women's throws sophomores Kristen Gaffey and Kathryn Koeck led the way in the shot put and hammer throw, respectively. Gaffey tied the fourth-best shot put mark in MU history with a toss of 46-04.75 (14.14 meters), while Koeck notched a PR and the 10th-best mark at MU in the hammer throw (160-07 (48.96 meters)).
The meet featured 24 schools from across the country, including fellow BIG EAST Conference members Rutgers, Louisville and the host Bulls.