Marquette Track & Field Shines at EIU Big Blue Classic

William Hennessy took second in the men's steeplechase.
April 4, 2015

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CHARLESTON, Ill. -- The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams were among over 1,000 athletes who competed at the Big Blue Classic hosted by Eastern Illinois University and held at O'Brien Stadium, concluding today, April 4.

"Overall, we had some good efforts. I thought we competed hard," head coach Bert Rogers said. "It was a very deep and competitive meet. As a team, the goal was to get a lot of volume, get a lot of races, get competitions in, and get jumps in as we build forward for the BIG EAST Championships.

"This is pretty early in the season, so we're not expecting awesome times yet, but we did have some pretty good stuff," Rogers added.

Brittney Feivor highlighted a successful day one for the Blue and Gold, while day two was chalked full of personal bests and first place finishes. Feivor's performance resulted in a victory in the 5,000-meter run. The sophomore from Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin raced to a time of 17:17.95 for her first win of the season.

Day two got started with the women's 4x100 relay team of Arra Strong, Terica Harris, Cassy Goodrich and Anna Strong, who ran the 10th-fastest time in MU history with a mark of 47.74.

It turned out to be quite a day for Goodrich, who came up big in the 100 and 200-meter dashes. The Franksville, Wisconsin native came away with a seventh-place time of 12.10 seconds in the 100 and a fifth-place finishing time of 24.61 seconds in the 200. Both marks made for personal bests, while setting the No. 5-best MU time in the 200 and No. 6-best mark in the 100.

Arra Strong was equally impressive with PRs in the 200 and 400 meters with times of 25.67 seconds and 58.98 seconds, respectively, to go along with a solid opening leg in the 4x100-meter relay.

In the men's 200-meter dash, Carson Meinholz rolled to a personal-best time of 22.50 seconds, followed by Glen Lawrence Jr. (23.08 seconds) and Alex Holloway (23.47 seconds).

Jessica Parker won the 1,500-meter run with a personal-best time of 4:33.64 and Feivor followed up her impressive performance from Friday with a PR as well with a time of 4:45.50.

Also in the women's 1,500, Elisia Meyle improved her career-best by 5 seconds with a time of 4:55.93.

In the men's race, Aric Miller and Cody Haberkorn each turned in PRs in the 1,500 with times of 3:58.43 and 4:00.71, respectively.

Katie Tolan completed the 10th-fastest time in the women's 400 meters, crossing the tape in 56.90 seconds. Also setting PRs in the race were Nicole Ethier (58.77), Arra Strong (58.98 and Krista McClure (59.44).

In the women's steeplechase, junior Kellie Greenwood blazed to a 6-second PR and No. 3 time in MU history with a mark of 10:40.54 to take second place in the event. Jennifer Parker made her steeplechase debut with a time of 11:12.37, followed by Abigail Busse with a time of 12:23.55.

For the men, William Hennessy raced to second place in the steeplechase with a time of 9:28.83, while Kevin Ryan turned in a time of 9:47.42 in his event debut.

Gemma Tedeschi and Nicole Jaffke both jumped to personal-best marks in the pole vault. They match each other with marks of 3.52 meters (11-6.5), which go down as the fifth-best height in school history.

"I'm proud with where we're at and looking forward to some home cooking and hosting Milwaukee next Friday (April 10)," Rogers said.

Friday's dual meet against Milwaukee will begin with field events at 1 p.m. followed by running events at 4 p.m.




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