Ellenson Leads Marquette on Final Day at Indiana State
April 9, 2016
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field teams wrapped up competition at the 2016 Gibson Invitational hosted by Indiana State University on Saturday.
After Friday’s cold and rain, the weather on Saturday was an improvement even though the wind would play a factor in some instances. It would not deter senior Wally Ellenson, though, as he tied his school-record and set the Gibson Track and Field Complex and meet records with a high jump mark of 2.20 meters (7 feet, 2.5 inches).
The jump qualified as a season-best for the Rice Lake, Wisconsin native and moved him up to No. 5 on the national list.
Also reeling in a win was sophomore Cassy Goodrich in the 400-meter dash. Her time of 55.25 seconds beat a solid field and was more than a half-second faster than Kate Novacek of Milwaukee. All competitors faced a stiff headwind the final 100 meters.
Goodrich also turned in a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.53 seconds.
“There were several PR’s and a lot of good marks on the weekend,” head coach Bert Rogers said after the meet. “It was another solid effort week where marks are improving and we’re looking forward to next week, getting in some warm weather and putting up some fast times.”
Next week, the Golden Eagles will head to California to compete in a trio of meets April 14-16. But first, some more notable marks from Saturday.
In the pole vault, William Ford (4.73 meters/15-6.25 feet) and Gemma Tedeschi (3.51 meters/11-6.25 feet) were MU’s top finishers on the men’s and women’s sides, respectively, both taking fourth place. For Ford, it set an outdoor personal-best and ranks No. 4 at MU all-time.
Sticking with the field events, Maxwell Bullard placed eighth in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 15.29 meters (50 feet, 2 inches), while Austin Stellpflug bested his personal-best by more than 2 feet to place 12th overall.
On the women’s side, Maya Marion also turned in an eighth-place finish with a toss of 13.77 meters (45 feet, 2.25 inches).
In the discus, Keely Knobbe was the top MU finisher, taking 10th, while Bullard, Terrance Howard and Brendan McKinney took ninth-11th place, respectively, on the men’s side. For Bullard, his throw of 44.15 meters (144 feet, 10 inches) also set a personal-best, making for an impressive weekend as he also set a personal-best in the hammer throw on Friday.
On the track, D.T. McDonald was MU’s top finish on the men’s side in the 800-meter run, taking 10th place with a time of 1:55.83. Erica Wanie paced the women with a 19th-place finish in a personal-best time of 2:21.61.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Abigail Busse set a personal-best by 30 seconds to take seventh place with a time of 11:05.36. Hannah Gorin wasn’t far behind in 14th place. Kevin Ryan paced the men’s side with a ninth-place finish in a time of 9:29.19.
Marquette is eager for its annual trip to California for the Mt. SAC Relays, Bryan Clay Invitational and Long Beach Invitational, which will take place over the course of three days spanning April 14-16.
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