Will Koeck Sets Marquette Hammer Throw Record at Lee Calhoun

William Koeck and associate head coach Mike Koenning after Koeck set the MU hammer throw record on Saturday.

April 13, 2013

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MACOMB, Ill. – Sophomore William Koeck set the Marquette program record in the hammer throw on Saturday morning at the Lee Calhoun Invitational in Macomb, Ill., with a top distance of 193 feet, 7 inches on his first throw.

Koeck’s mark of 59.01 meters tops the old MU record of 57.53 meters (188 feet, 9 inches) by over one meter. The Winneconne, Wis., native placed second in the event, placing as runner-up to Illinois’ Nathan Loe. Damian Anisko set the previous program record at Illinois State on April 28, 2007.

“Will’s performance, bettering the school record by almost a meter and a half was really exciting,” Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. “Connor Stengel also ran a big PR in the 400, which was impressive, especially after battling a lot of injuries earlier this season. We had a number of good performances this weekend, including quite a few event victories, and we are looking forward to taking a strong group to California this coming week.”

Connor Stengel notched a personal best and the new No. 9 mark in program history with a time of 48.58 seconds to place third in the 400-meter run. Stengel’s 400 time is a BIG EAST mark and the junior also ran a PR of 22.36 seconds in the 200.

Senior Kyle Winter won the men’s 800-meter run with a BIG EAST qualifying mark of 1:52.09. Brendan Franz, Spencer Agnew, Ryan Shields and Michael Corr also competed in the event.

All three Marquette men to compete in the steeplechase ran personal bests, led by Zack Grese who won the event in 9:28.77. Freshman William Hennessy placed third in 9:38.13, while A.J. Gedwill ran a time of 9:45.17 to finish fourth.

Senior Chanel Franklin ran a season-best time of 25.45 seconds in the 200-meter dash to place second and finished third in the 100.

Juniors Gretchen Homan and Katie Kemmerer placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 400 with times of 56.83 and 58.20 seconds. Freshmen Nicole Ethier and Laura Schweikert were seventh and 10th in the event.

Marquette concluded the meet in fifth place on the men’s side with 86.50 points, while the women finished as runner-up with 113 total points. 

The Golden Eagles return to action on Thursday, April 18 at a host of meets in California, while athletes will also compete at the Huskie Open on Saturday in DeKalb, Ill.




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