MU Claims Five More Event Titles in Final Day at Lee Calhoun Invite
April 12, 2014
MACOMB, Ill. - William Koeck continued his impressive junior year by topping his own program record in the hammer throw by over three feet on Saturday afternoon as the Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams concluded action at the Lee Calhoun Invitational in Macomb, Ill.
Koeck won the hammer throw with a top distance of 60.84 meters (199 feet, 7 inches), which he recorded on his fourth toss of the afternoon.
After missing the USF Invitational on March 13-14 while competing in the NCAA Indoor Championships (weight throw), the Winneconne, Wis., native has captured hammer throw titles at each of his first two meets to begin the outdoor campaign.
Redshirt junior Bret Hardin also competed in the hammer throw with Koeck and was third with a mark of 55.85 meters (183 feet, 3 inches).
Marquette also captured top honors in the women's hammer throw with another personal best as Samantha Kennedy reached a distance of 56.03 meters (183 feet, 10 inches), which is the fourth-best mark all-time at MU.
The Golden Eagles also took home meet victories in three other events on the women's side as Carlye Schuh won the 200-meter dash, sophomore Kayla Spencer won the 1,500-meter run and classmate Kellie Greenwood won the steeplechase.
The Marquette women won the scored meet with a total of 178 points, while the men were third with 125 points.
Freshman Brandon Bell notched the first sub-11 second time of his career to place fifth in the men's 100-meter dash with a time of 11.90 seconds. Bell's mark is now 10th in Marquette history in the event.
Spencer and freshman Alison Parker (lifetime-best 58.83 seconds in the 400) each posted impressive showings after helping the women's 4x800-meter relay team break the Lee Calhoun Invitational record on Friday evening.
The Golden Eagles also claimed four event victories on Friday, including both the men's and women's 4x800-meter relays. Marquette also captured the men's 1,600-meter sprint medley relay, while Schuh claimed the women's long jump crown with a distance of 5.94 meters (19 feet, 6 inches).
Alison Parker, Kayla Spencer, Krista McClure and Grace Magliola all combined to lead the women's 4x800 to victory in a time of 9:11.96 and the men's side finished in 7:59.03 with Michael Corr, Brendan Franz, David Sajdak and D.T. McDonald all in action. The women's 4x800 time was a new meet record.
This weekend's invitational is named in honor of the late Lee Calhoun, a Western Illinois alumnus and member of the 1956 and 1960 U.S. Olympic Track and Field teams. Calhoun, a member of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, won the gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Thursday, April 17 at the Mt. SAC Relays and will compete all weekend in California.