Bret Hardin Tops Freshman Record at Polytan Invitational

April 22, 2011

Live Results

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

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.)
Friday, April 22-Saturday, April 23

Completed events in BOLD. * Denotes BIG EAST Conference qualifying mark. 

Women's Event Student-Athlete Place Personal Record (MU Rank)
100-meter dash
BIG EAST: 12.30 sec. 
Cashay Harris 12.63 seconds

200-meter dash
BIG EAST: 25.04 sec. 

Katie Kemmerer
Cashay Harris
26.62 seconds
400-meter dash
BIG EAST: 57.24 

Katie Kemmerer

59.61 seconds

800-meter run
BIG EAST: 2:14.04 
Sarah Ball
Alyssa Stevens

400-meter hurdles
BIG EAST: 1:04.14 
Alyssa Stevens


Triple Jump
BIG EAST: 11.28 meters 
Alyssa Davis

39 feet, 4 1/2 inches (12.00 meters)
(No. 3 all-time)

High Jump
BIG EAST: 1.68 meters 
Sarah MacCourtney
Marisa Handley

5 feet, 6 inches (1.68 meters) (T-No. 5 all-time)
5 feet, 3 1/4 inches (1.61 meters) 

BIG EAST: 36.00 meters
Catherine Benage
Lauren Benjamin

*123 feet, 1 inch (37.53 meters)

*122 feet, 3 inches (37.27 meters)
Shot Put
BIG EAST: 12.75 meters 
Kristen Gaffey
Kirsten Walker
44 feet, 4 3/4 inches (13.53 meters)
37 feet, 1 3/4 inches (11.32 meters)
Hammer Throw 
BIG EAST: 46 meters 
Jamie Roth
Kathryn Koeck

176 feet, 7 inches (53.83 meters) (No. 5 all-time)
149 feet, 7 inches (42.71 meters)

BIG EAST: 40.00 meters 
Kathryn Koeck
Kristen Gaffey
140 feet, 4 inches (42.78 meters)
137 feet, 3 inches (41.84 meters)


Men's Event Student-Athlete Place Personal Record (MU Rank)
800-meter run
BIG EAST: 1:52.54 

Ben Schmitz
Mike McCarthy

110-meter hurdles
BIG EAST: 15.35 seconds 

Marcell KirkmanBey

15.77 seconds
High Jump
BIG EAST: 1.98 meters
Michael Saindon

Cheldon Brown
T.J. Hodgson

*6 feet, 8 1/4 inches (2.04 meters) (No. 6 all-time)
*6 feet, 6 1/4 inches (1.99 meters)
Triple Jump
BIG EAST 14 meters
James Muehleman 44 feet, 10 inches (13.97 meters) (No. 7 all-time)
Long Jump
BIG EAST: 6.90 meters 
Michael Saindon
Cheldon Brown
20 feet, 5 3/4 inches (6.24 meters)
18 feet, 8 inches (5.69 meters)
Pole Vault
BIG EAST: 4.55 meters
Jerrick Backous
Nick Benn
14 feet, 7 1/4 inches (4.45 meters) (No. 3 all-time)
12 feet, 11 1.2 inches (3.95 meters) 
Shot Put
BIG EAST: 14.75 meters
Joseph Kohut
David Carbajal
51 feet, 1/4 inches (15.55 meters)
50 feet, 10 1/4 inches (15.50 meters)
Hammer Throw
BIG EAST: 49.00 meters 
Bret Hardin

Jonathan Kusowski
David Carbajal

*185 feet, 9 inches (56.63 meters)
(No. 2 all-time)
 (Freshman Record)

*177 feet, 7 inches (54.12 meters)
159 feet (48.47 meters)
BIG EAST: 44.50 meters 

Robert Bleem
David Carbajal

161 feet, 3 inches (49.15 meters) (No. 9 all-time)
142 feet, 10 inches (43.54 meters)


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