Marquette Invitational Concludes Home Schedule for Track & Field
April 28, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams hosted their second and final home meet of the spring, the Marquette Invitational, on Saturday, April 28 at the Melvin "Bus" Shimek Memorial Track and Field Facility at Valley Fields.
“I think we got just about everything done that we wanted to this weekend as we were chasing a couple of last second BIG EAST qualifying marks,” Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. “Patrick Maag ran a really nice 5k and got his mark, Lauren Darnall did in the pole vault and it is nice to see her back. We definitely got some good stuff done and we are prepped and ready to go for the conference championships next weekend.”
Gunning for a personal record and a BIG EAST qualifying time in the men's 5,000-meter run, junior Patrick Maag did just that by winning the race with a meet-record time of 14:44.10. Sophomore Bob Guthrie followed Maag in second place.
Junior Chanel Franklin also turned in a meet record in the women's 100-meter run in a time of 12.35 seconds to win the event, while also helping the women's 4x100-meter relay set a meet record with a time of 48.07 seconds to top the University of Illinois-Chicago. Sophomores Carlye Schuh and Katie Kemmerer as well as senior Stephanie Grant also ran in the relay.
Schuh notched a victory in the women's long jump in the meet's first event with a distance of 18 feet, 1 3/4 inches (5.53 meters).
UIC's Kellie Schuh claimed the women's triple jump with a distance of 37-02.50 (11.34 meters).
Senior Lauren Darnall turned in an impressive performance in the women's pole vault, becoming only the second woman in program history to reach the 12-foot plateau. Darnall notched a height of 12 feet, 3 3/4 inches (3.75 meters) which is the No. 2 mark all-time at MU and qualifies her for the BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Championships.
Marquette's men's hammer throwers earned the top three places in the event as senior Jonathan Kusowski led the way with a distance of 186-07 (56.87 meters). Kusowski, whose mark was a new personal best, was followed by freshman William Koeck and sophomore Bret Hardin.
David Carbajal captured the men's shot put crown with a distance of 48-11.75 (14.93 meters).
In the women's throws, sophomore Kristen Gaffey swept both the shot put and discus with marks of 44-09.50 (13.65 meters) and 141-05 (43.11 meters), respectively.
Classmate Kathryn Koeck, who finished as runner-up to Gaffey in the discus, won the hammer throw with a mark of 172-01 (52.46 meters).
Freshmen Brendan Franz and David Sajdak both notched PRs in the men's 800-meter run with times of 1:56.79 and 1:59.02, respectively. Franz finished third in the event, with teammate Ben Schmitz fourth in 1:56.79. Sajdak placed 10th.
Marquette was joined at the meet by Illinois-Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Northwestern women.
To show their support of breast cancer research, all members of the Marquette track and field squads wore custom Nike Dri-FITs to support the Susan G. Komen foundation.
The Marquette track and field teams head to Tampa, Fla., on May 4-6 to compete in the BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Championships.
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