Track & Field Through Two Days of West Coast Swing
April 20, 2012
MT. SAC RELAYS
BRYAN CLAY INVITATIONAL
AZUSA, Calif. / WALNUT, Calif. - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams concluded the second day of competition at the Mt. SAC Relays and Bryan Clay Invitational Friday evening in Southern California.
"We dealt with some really hot conditions this afternoon with temperatures reaching 95 degrees," Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. "The whole squad is excited for tomorrow at The Beach Invitational and ready to post some very good marks."
Senior Jack Hackett notched a 15-second personal best in the men's 1,500-meter run late Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays with a BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Championships-qualifying time of 14:14.45 to place 20th. Hackett's time is the No. 4 mark in program history.
Senior Tyler O'Brien put down his best time of the outdoor campaign in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.45 seconds at the Mt. SAC Relays to place 23rd. O'Brien will run both the 100 and 200 Saturday at The Beach Invitational in Norwalk, Calif.
Also competing Friday at Mt. SAC was junior Kyle Winter in the 800-meter run. Winter was at the front of the pack through the first 600 meters before blistering on his feet caused him to fall to the back of the pack and finish 80th. Due to the result of the race, Winter will run the 800 again Saturday at the Beach Invitational instead of the 400 as originally scheduled.
Senior James Muehleman set a new personal best and the No. 3 mark in program history at the Bryan Clay Invitational in the triple jump with a leap of 47-05.75 (14.47 meters).
The Marquette hammer throwers also participated at the Azusa Pacific Bryan Clay Invitational on Thursday afternoon with freshman Samantha Kennedy notching a personal best toss of 178 feet, 8 inches (55.06 meters) in the women's event. Sophomore Kathryn Koeck also competed and placed sixth, on spot ahead of Kennedy.
Juniors Evan Ross and Jack Senefeld each notched BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Championships-qualifying times at the Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday to finish 53rd and 89th, respectively. Ross' time of 3:51.69 is the No. 10 mark in MU history, while Senefeld finished in 3:54.50.
On the women's side, sophomore Sarah Ball recorded a time of 4:39.30 in the 1,500 to place 102nd.
Senior Blake Johnson finished the 10,000-meter run late Thursday night in 29:52.59 to finish fifth. His time is the best by a Marquette runner this season and places him in the top 70 of NCAA Division I.
Fellow senior Peter Bolgert competed in the steeplechase where he placed 14th after a hard fall in the water pit on the fifth lap disrupted his race.
Marquette will end it's trip Saturday when the men's and women's squads head to The Beach Invitational in Norwalk, Calif. Events will take place at Falcon Field beginning with the men's high jump at 11:15 a.m. CT and conclude with the women's 4x400-meter relay at 7:55 p.m CT.
Mt. SAC Relays (Walnut, Calif.)
Bryan Clay Invitational (Azusa, Calif.)
The Beach Invitational (Norwalk, Calif.)
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