Track and Field Concludes Marquette Duals on Friday
April 4, 2014
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted their counterparts from Milwaukee, Illinois-Chicago and DePaul for the Marquette Duals at Valley Fields on Friday in cold and windy conditions.
The Marquette men topped UIC, 116-24, and DePaul, 108-48, but dropped a close 88-86 decision to Milwaukee. The MU women came out victorious over Milwaukee (113-54) and DePaul (110-35).
“We knew holding a meet early down in the Valley, it is usually going to be windy so we were just concerned with the competition and scoring points for the team,” Marquette head track and field coach Bert Rogers said. “I think everybody buckled down and competed hard. We still had some good performances, all things considered with the weather. I was really happy with how the team stepped up today.”
Junior Samantha Kennedy kicked off action at the MU Throws Field with a win in the women’s javelin at a distance of 28.93 meters (94 feet, 11 inches). Kennedy also recorded a new personal-best in the hammer throw to win the event with a toss of 55.57 meters, the No. 4 mark in program history.
In the men’s javelin, freshman John Krzyszkowski bettered his own program record with a toss of 63.42 meters (207 feet, 9 inches) to win the event. The Mississauga, Ontario native’s mark is almost four and a half meters further than his previous collegiate best and places him No. 20 in NCAA Division I among all throwers entering the weekend.
“We always seem to throw well at this meet,” Rogers said. “It is a little home cooking. You are used to the rings and the runways and that helps. I was really happy with how the throwers did. They came out and threw well and there were some good marks in the jumps so there is something to be said for competing at home.”
Senior Carlye Schuh swept the women’s long and triple jumps, while classmate Michael Saindon won the men’s long jump with a personal-best leap of 6.77 meters (22 feet, 2.50 inches). Schuh also won the women’s 100-meter dash with a time of 12.33 seconds.
The Golden Eagles return to action on April 11-12 at the Lee Calhoun Invitational in Macomb, Ill.