Golden Eagles Fly High at Joey Haines Invite

April 1, 2017

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The men’s 4x100-meter relay team broke the school-record, while several other top-10 marks, event wins and personal-bests were had on day two of the Joey Haines Invite hosted by SEMO on Saturday.

“Getting everyone going was key and this weekend was a good opener for the bulk of the team,” Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. “We had a bunch of top-10 marks, a school record and a couple event wins. It was a pretty competitive meet and I was really proud with how the team competed.”

The men’s 4x100-meter relay team of Joshua Word, Jay Whalen, Connor Boos and Brandon Bell set a school record with a time a 41.41 seconds. It was a record that stood for less than a year as three-fourths of this year’s team was intact to break an 8-year-old mark at UW-Madison on May 6, 2016. Whalen in place of Karl Tatum helped break the mark on Saturday by six-tenths of a second.

The women’s 4x100-meter relay team of Arra Strong, Anna Strong, Madison Marko and Terica Harris also turned in a win and an all-time list mark with a time of 47.35 seconds – good for No. 6 all-time.

Also taking home wins was senior Abigail Busse, who started the day off strong for the Golden Eagles in the steeplechase with a time of 11:23.44, while junior Jessica Parker cruised to a win in the 800 meters with a time of 2:14.39. Alison Parker (2:15.82) took third and Kyra Gudex and Amy Gasperlin, who placed fifth and sixth, respectively, were close behind with personal-best times as well.

Jennifer Parker led the way in the women’s 1,500 meters with a third-place time of 4:38.44, while Meghan Carroll (4th), Kalina Gardiner and Mary Hanson all set personal-best times.

In the women’s long jump, Terica Harris turned in a big-time personal-best and the No. 2 jump all-time with a distance of 5.95 meters (19 feet, 6.25 inches). Madison Marko also set a personal-best mark with a jump of 5.65 meters (18 feet, 6.5 inches) – good for ninth on the all-time list.

The men’s long jump featured identical jumps of 6.93 meters (22 feet, 9 inches) from Cory Cegelski and Djdade Denson (outdoor personal-best), who tied for sixth place. In addition, both also tied for sixth in the triple jump with marks of 13.56 meters (44 feet, 6 inches).

In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, Monique Felix set a personal-best and the No. 7 mark all-time with a time of 14.58 seconds. Alex Goodrich and Madison Ricciardi also set personal-best marks. Goodrich, who celebrated a birthday on Saturday, also set a personal-best in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.28, which was good for 10th on the all-time list.

Felix added another all-time list mark in the triple jump, recording the No. 3 mark all-time in the while taking third place with a distance of 12.16 meters (39 feet, 10.75 inches).

In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, Chris Van Saders tied a personal-best with a time of 15.77 seconds. He followed up with another great time in the 400-meter hurdles, recording a personal-best and second place finish with a time of 54.39 seconds. 

The Golden Eagles will return home to host the Marquette Duals at the Melvin “Bus” Shimek Track and Field Facility at Valley Fields on Friday, April 7. MU will welcome UW-Milwaukee, UIC, UW-Parkside and Cardinal Stritch in its first home meet since 2015.

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