Jack Hackett Leads Marquette in Day Two Out West
April 19, 2013
AZUSA, Calif. – After a slow start to their West Coast trip on Thursday, the Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field teams resumed action on Friday morning at three meets in Southern California.
It was redshirt senior distance runner Jack Hackett who stole the show for Marquette late Friday evening. The Port Washington, Wis., native vaulted up the NCAA qualifying list with a very impressive time of 14:05.66 in the 5,000-meter run at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. His time is almost 10 seconds faster than his previous PR of 14:14.45, which he set at the same meet last season.
Hackett's time is the new No. 2 mark in Marquette history and places him among the top 30 runners on the NCAA Division I West qualifying list.
Most of the Golden Eagles competing on Friday did so at the 2013 Bryan Clay Invitational, hosted by Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif. In addition to individuals originally scheduled to compete, Marquette was able to enter its athletes who were supposed to participate at Thursday’s Cal State L.A. Twilight Open, which was canceled due to a bomb threat.
Among those athletes who saw their first meet action at the Bryan Clay Invite, all four high jumpers notched season bests in the event, while three of the four recorded personal records. Sarah MacCourtney placed second in the women’s event with a height of 5 feet, 8 inches (1.73 meters), which is a personal best and the No. 4 all-time mark at MU. Freshman Tatyana Pashibin placed seventh with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches (1.68 meters), which is the No. 6 mark in MU history.
In the men’s high jump, Michael Saindon and Cheldon Brown each reached a height of 6 feet, 9 3/4 inches (2.08 meters). The mark was a season best for Brown and registered as a career best for Saindon, which qualifies as the No. 4 mark all time at MU. Saindon finished second at the meet, while Brown was fourth.
Marquette record holder Carlye Schuh placed second in the women’s long jump on Friday with a top distance of 19 feet 3 1/4 inches (5.87 meters).
Freshman Anton Rice recorded a personal-best time of 1:54.12 to place seventh in the 800-meter run at the Bryan Clay Invitational.
In the 800 at the Mt. SAC Relays, senior Kyle Winter ran the second-fastest time of his illustrious career to place fourth overall. Winter’s time of 1:50.28 is a season best for the Wales, Wis., native and the No. 7 mark in the BIG EAST Conference this season.
Marquette kicked off action early Friday at the Beach Invitational as Samantha Kennedy and Kathryn and William Koeck competed in the hammer throw. All events at the Beach Invitational outside of the hammer throw will be competed on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles on the West Coast return to action Saturday morning at the Beach Invitational in Norwalk, Calif., while the remainder of the squad will compete at the Huskie/Blue Demon Invitational in DeKalb, Ill.
2013 Bryan Clay Invitational | Azusa, Calif.
2013 Mt. SAC Relays | Walnut, Calif.