Marquette Claims Four Wins on Day Two at UCF

March 19, 2017

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Golden Eagles took home four victories on the final day of the Black & Gold Challenge hosted by UCF on Saturday.

"Overall a good performance this weekend with a number of really good performances," Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. "The big one came from Daniel, who set a freshman record and the No. 2 mark all-time in the high jump. He had a few cracks at the school record that would have bettered Wally [Ellenson's] jump from a two years ago.

"It was a good opportunity to get down here and get some nice training in the warm weather with a chance to compete, and to get us ready for the outdoor season."

In the men’s high jump, Daniel Armstrong set a new freshman record with a height of 2.17 meters (7 feet, 1.5 inches) to grab the win in his first outdoor event as a Golden Eagle. He nearly set the all-time Marquette record with three close attempts at 2.21 meters (7 feet, 3 inches), but instead finished with the No. 2 mark in MU history behind Wally Ellenson’s school-record jump of 2.20 meters (7 feet, 2.5 inches), accomplished at the 2015 West Prelims.

Junior Djdade Denson kicked off his outdoor campaign in impressive fashion with a win in the triple jump, setting a personal-best and the No. 8 mark all-time with a distance of 14.19 meters (46 feet, 6.75 inches).

Gemma Tedeschi also took home a win in the pole vault with a height of 3.70 meters (12 feet, 1.5 inches), while the men’s 4x100-meter relay team of Joshua Word, Sam Sagan, Connor Boos and Brandon Bell took home the win and set the third-fastest mark all-time with a time of 41.69 seconds.

Maya Marion placed third in the shot put and fourth in the discus, while Terica Harris took second in the long jump with a distance of 5.81 meters (19 feet, 0.75 inches). Monique Felix finished close behind, taking third and setting a personal-best with a distance 5.75 meters/18 feet, 10.5 inches.

The women’s 4x100-meter relay team of Arra Strong, Harris, Anna Strong and Cassy Goodrich finished runner-up with a time of 47.45 seconds.

For the men, Terrance Howard placed third with a throw of 47.20 meters (154 feet, 10 inches).

Dwayne Dash Jr. took third in the long jump with a mark of 7.33 meters (24 feet, 0.75 inches), while Cory Cegelski took fourth with a personal-best of 7.04 meters (23 feet, 1.25 inches).

Chris Van Saders set a personal-best in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.22 seconds to place second overall.

The Golden Eagles will spend a couple weeks training before jumping back into action at the Joey Haines Invitational hosted by Southeast Missouri State, Friday-Saturday, March 31-April 1.




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