Bret Hardin Tops Freshman Record at Polytan Invitational
April 22, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Bret Hardin continued his impressive first year at Marquette by topping his own freshman record in the hammer throw and setting the No. 2 mark in school history amid inclement weather conditions Friday afternoon at the Polytan Invitational in Bloomington, Ind.
"It was a pretty good start to the meet after the early thunderstorms subsided," Marquette head track and field coach Bert Rogers said. "The sun came out and we got good performances from a variety of athletes. Bret and Michael Saindon both moved up the school record books and had impressive meets. We are looking forward to getting out and seeing continued progress tomorrow."
Competition resumed with the men's hammer throw after a four hour thunderstorm delay and Hardin showed the ability he has flashed all season. The Acworth, Ga., native finished second with a distance of 185 feet, 9 inches (56.63 meters). His mark is the fourth best in the BIG EAST Conference this season. Hardin passed teammate Jonathan Kusowski who set the No. 2 mark in school history last weekend at the DePaul Division I Invitational.
Kusowski placed fifth in the hammer throw by reaching a distance of 177 feet, 7 inches (54.12 meters). David Carbajal also competed and finished seventh.
Saindon led a three-person Marquette contingent in the high jump by placing second in 6 feet, 8 1/4 inches (2.04 meters). His mark is No. 6 all-time at MU, while sophomore Cheldon Brown placed sixth at the meet in 6 feet, 6 1/3 inches (1.99 meters). Saindon and Brown both notched BIG EAST Conference qualifying marks.
Catherine Benage and Lauren Benjamin also set BIG EAST marks in the javelin throw. Benage recorded a season-best distance of 123 feet, 1 inch (37.53 meters) to finish fifth, while Benjamin was sixth in 122 feet, 3 inches (37.27 meters).
Due to the weather delay the women's hammer throw was pushed back to Saturday morning.
The meet is individually scored with live results available, courtesy of IUHoosiers.com.
Saturday's action is set to begin at 10 a.m. CT with the women's shot put, men's discus and the men's and women's long jump.
Polytan Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.)
Completed events in BOLD. * Denotes BIG EAST Conference qualifying mark.
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