Record-Breaking Men's 4x100 Relay Highlights Marquette Duals
April 7, 2017
MILWAUKEE – Blue skies and sunshine were the backdrop at the Melvin “Bus” Shimek Track and Field Facility where the Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted a successful home meet on Friday.
The Golden Eagles welcomed the likes of UW-Milwaukee, UIC, UW-Parkside and Cardinal Stritch to campus for their first home meet since 2015.
“Having the beautiful day and the nice weather, everyone was really excited to get out here and compete and I think, for the team, to have a nice home meet like this was just what the doctor ordered for us,” Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. “I loved the effort. We had some pretty good marks across the board. I’m pleased.
The meet was highlighted by the men’s 4x100-meter relay team, which for the second-straight week, set a new school record. The team of Joshua Word, Jay Whalen, Connor Boos and Brandon Bell crossed the finish line in a time of 41.09 seconds, besting their fast time a week ago by nearly half a second.
“They cleaned up a couple mistakes from last week, but it still wasn’t perfect,” Rogers said. “I think the big goal for that group is they want to break 41 seconds and we’re one step closer, a couple eyelashes away from that.”
The women’s 4x100-meter relay team of Arra Strong, Anna Strong, Madison Marko and Terica Harris came through with a big-time performance as well, recording the No. 3 time all-time with a mark of 48.86 seconds.
Individually, John Krzyszkowski took home a win in the javelin and set a new facility record with a mark of 68.96 meters (226 feet, 3 inches). Krzyszkowski set the mark despite a headwind. Eric Fellin followed in third place with a toss of 48.78 meters (160 feet). On the women’s side, Monique Felix won with a distance of 32.50 meters (106 feet, 7 inches), followed by Amanda Hodgson (23.56 meters/77 feet, 3 inches) in fourth.
Several others turned in victories on Friday as well. For the women, it was Harris (12.33 seconds) in the 100-meter dash the No. 9 mark all-time at MU, Anna Strong (25.64 seconds) in the 200-meter dash, Mary Hanson (2:14.42) in the 800 meters, Alison Parker (4:49.14) in the 1,500 meters, Gemma Tedeschi (3.67 meters/12 feet, 0.5 inches) in the pole vault, Bridget Bodee (1.66 meters/5 feet, 5.25 inches) in the high jump, Keely Knobbe (47.28 meters/155 feet, 1 inch), and Maya Marion (14.24 meters/46 feet, 8.75 inches) in the shot put.
On the men’s side, Connor Boos (10.89 seconds) won the 100-meter dash, Joshua Word (22.25 seconds) in the 200-meter dash, Nicholas Ebert 49.72 seconds) in the 400 meters, William Ford in the pole vault (4.70 meters/15 feet, 5.5 inches), Cory Cegelski and Dwayne Dash Jr., who went 1-2 in the long jump with identical leaps of 6.88 meters (22 feet, 7 inches), and Brendan McKinney (50.32 meters/165 feet, 1 inch) in the hammer.
Marquette will head to California next weekend to compete at the Mt. SAC Relays, Pacific Coast Invitational and Bryan Clay Invitational, Thursday-Saturday, April 13-15.
“We have some big meets coming up, starting with our trip to Southern California, and we’re looking forward to putting down some good marks,” Rogers said. “This will be a weekend that we typically see the times drop. Across the board, today was a nice tune-up before heading out to Cali.”
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