Track & Field Succeeds at Joey Haines Invitational

Kayla Spencer took home the win in the women's 5,000 meters.
April 2, 2016

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Marquette University track and field had a successful opening weekend at the Joey Haines Invitational hosted by Southeast Missouri State, concluding action on Saturday with the women's team taking second place and the men's team finishing fourth.

It was the team’s first full squad outdoor meet and there were plenty of solid marks posted as the women’s side featured four event winners in Cassy Goodrich (100-meter dash), Kayla Spencer (5,000 meters), Gemma Tedeschi (pole vault) and the 4x100-meter relay team. Meanwhile, the men claimed three event titles thanks to Alec Miller (5,000 meters), Wally Ellenson (high jump) and the 4x100-meter relay teams.

“It was a typical first meet. Usually the first one is a little bit of a rust buster,” head coach Bert Rogers said. “We definitely had some good stuff. Overall, it was about what I expected. We’re happy to get back to work and we’ll now be getting ready for Indiana State.”

On the women’s side, Goodrich got off to a solid start in the 100-meter dash with a winning time of 12.10 seconds, while Terica Harris was close behind, taking fourth place with a time of 12.38 seconds.

Spencer ran an excellent race in the women’s 5,000 meters, taking the victory with a time of 17:38.18. Brittney Feivor wasn’t far behind, finishing runner-up with a time of 17:49.59.

Tedeschi won the pole vault with a jump of 3.66 meters (12 feet), 4 inches clear of the second place finishers, which included Nicole Jaffke (3.56 meters/11 feet, 8 inches). Briana Cross took fourth place with a jump of 3.26 meters (10 feet, 8.25 inches).

Finally the 4x100-meter relay team consisting of Arra Strong, Anna Strong, Terica Harris and Goodrich ran to a winning time of 48 seconds-flat.

Other notable marks include Jennifer Parker (2:16.47) and Alison Parker (4:49.48) taking fourth and eighth place in the women’s 800-meter run. Also, Lindsay Billig (1:10.29) placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles, Omo Tseumah (1.62 meters/5 feet, 3.75 inches) and Catherine Sherwood (1.57 meters/5 feet, 1.75 inches) tied for third and fifth in the high jump, and Maya Marion placed third in the shot put with a throw of 13.76 meters (45 feet, 1.75 inches).

On the men’s side, Ellenson made his season debut by winning the high jump with a mark of 2.18 meters (7 feet, 1.75 inches), which already qualifies him for the NCAA West Preliminary round in late-May.

Alec Miller thrived in the 5,000 meters with a winning time of 15:11.79. He was followed closely by Jon Klaiber (15:34.52) and Patrick Campbell (16:10.89), who placed in third and sixth, respectively.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Joshua Word, Jay Whalen, Connor Boos and Brandon Bell placed first with a time of 41.87 seconds that ranked No. 8 on the all-time list at MU.

Boos (10.9 seconds) and Bell (11.03 seconds) also placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 100-meter dash followed by a fifth and ninth place finish in the 200-meter dash.

Other notable performances include Aric Miller taking second place in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.28, less than one-half second behind the winner. In the 1,500 meters, William Hennessy (4:07.75) and Ryan Shields (4:07.86) finished neck-and-neck to take eighth and ninth, respectively.

Also, Dwayne Dash Jr. registered a fourth-place finish in the long jump with a distance of 7.09 meters (23 feet, 3.25 inches).

Marquette will be back in action Friday-Saturday, April 8-9 when it heads to Terre Haute, Indiana to compete at Indiana State University.




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