Kennedy Breaks Freshman Hammer Throw Mark at Cincinnati
March 31, 2012
Oliver Nikoloff Invitational
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Freshman thrower Samantha Kennedy broke the Marquette freshman record in the hammer throw as the Marquette University men's and women's track and field squads concluded the second and final day of competition Saturday afternoon at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio.
"Overall we had a pretty good meet with a number of nice performances," said Marquette head coach Bert Rogers. "With 200 meters to go in the men's 800-meter run a Cincinnati runner got pushed over and fell in front of Kyle Winter so he was not able to finish. Kyle being eliminated from that race was a blow to us with what we were trying to do as far as a team score. This meet should prep us well for Thursday's dual meet with Milwaukee."
Kennedy broke the freshman record in the hammer throw with a toss of 177 feet, 3 inches (54.04 meters) to finish fourth while sophomore Kathryn Koeck finished third in the event by reaching a distance of 180-03 (54.94 meters). Koeck and Kennedy moved up to fifth and sixth, respectively on the all-time MU list in the event.
The Marquette women notched eight BIG EAST Conference outdoor qualifying marks at the meet, while the men added 10 of their own.
Seniors Blake Johnson and Peter Bolgert competed in the steeplechase for the first time this season, finishing second and third, respectively, in times of 9:07.43 and 9:08.56.
Jack Hackett notched the sixth-fastest time in Marquette history with a mark of 14:29.75 to finish third in the men's 5,000-meter run.
The Marquette women led after the first day of competion with 36 points after the Golden Eagles swept the first four places in the 10,000-meter run. Junior Carly Windt broke the tape in 36:43.74 to win the event with a personal best, while Hannah Frett (37:29.70) was second, followed by Christina Sliepka (37:32.04) in third and Alyssa Beste (37:36.03) in fourth.
The meet, hosted by the University of Cincinnati, was held at Gettler Stadium with the throws competed at Coy Field and featured teams from 13 other universities including BIG EAST Conference-foe DePaul in addition to the host Bearcats.
Marquette returns to action Thursday, April 5 at the Melvin "Bus" Shimek Memorial Track & Field Facility at Valley Fields in a dual meet with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the alma mater of MU head coach Bert Rogers and assistant coach Nick Davis.