Marquette Splits Dual Track & Field Meet with Milwaukee

Kirsten Gaffey won both shot put and discus events

April 5, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track teams hosted their one and only dual meet of the season, at the Melvin "Bus" Shimek Memorial Track and Field Facility at Valley Fields, as they squared off with intra-city counterparts University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

In a competitive day of action, the Marquette women's squad was able to best the visiting UWM squad 112 to 76, while the men's side narrowly missed a victory, scoring 88 points to UWM's 102. 

"I thought we really came to compete hard across the board, but our women's sprint squad especially stepped up to the plate and competed hard, and really made the difference with the team score this year," said Marquette head track coach Bert Rogers after the meet.

Starring in the meet for the women was do-everything junior Carlye Schuh, who won the long jump (5.86 meters), triple jump (11.23 meters), and 100-meter dash (12.07 seconds). Schuh capped her strong day with fast a second leg of the victorious 4x100 meter relay team, which won with a total time of 47.39 seconds. Joining Schuh in the 400-meter relay were fellow juniors Katie Kemmerer and Gretchen Homan, as well as senior Chanel Franklin.

In the throwing portion of the meet, junior Kirsten Gaffey won the shot put with a heave of 45 feet, 4.25 inches (13.82 meters), as well as the discus with a mark of 147 feet, 7 inches (44.98 meters), while Samantha Kennedy dominated the field in the javelin with her throw of 113 feet, 5 inches (34.57 meters).  Overall, the Marquette women throwers scored 21 points, with junior Kathryn Koeck accounting for 10 of those points, across the three throwing events.

The women also placed first in running events from 400 meters up, starting with junior Kate Hein won the 400-meter dash in a near personal-best of 56.28. Also winning their events were freshman Molly Hanson in the 800 (2:16.35), freshman Kayla Spencer in the 1500 (4:47.04) , and senior Christina Sliepka in the 3k (10:21.99).

On the men's side, Rogers was pleased with the effort, but the team was unable to come away with the victory. "I thought we placed well, we just didn't have it today. Milwaukee is a very good team and we look forward to future rematches."

One of the best races of the day featured fifth-year senior Jack Hackett and law student Tyler Leverington in the 1,500-meter race, in which they took first and second, with Hackett winning by a little less than a second, in 3:59.44.  The times were slower than what the duo was used to, but the competition proved to be more of a focus rather than the time.

The men's distance group also provided the team with points when it swept the 3k, with the foursome of Cody Haberkorn, Spencer Agnew, Patrick Maag, and Connor Callahan all finishing together to take first through fourth places, in a time of 8:48.

In the 800-meter race senior Kyle Winter was impressive from the get-go, as he went out ahead of the pack and never looked back, cruising to an easy victory in 1:53.56.

On the men's side for field events, sophomore Will Koeck continued his productive season with his winning mark of 185 feet, 7 inches (56.56 meters) in the hammer throw, while junior Michael Saindon easily won the high jump with a jump of 6 feet, 6 inches (1.98 meters.)

Marquette will hit the road again next week, as they travel to compete at the Lee Calhoun Invitational, on the campus of Western Illinois University.




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