Marquette Races Under Lights at Drake Relays

Senior Anton Rice placed ninth in the 800 meters on Thursday.
April 28, 2016


DES MOINES, Iowa – Marquette University Track & Field kicked off action at the 107th Drake Relays on Thursday evening as five Golden Eagles competed in the first of three days at the historic meet.

The five athletes in competition collectively set three personal-bests and two all-time marks.

Junior Nicole Ethier led things off in the 800-meter run, racing to the No. 2 mark all-time at MU with a time of 2:09.76 to place fourth overall. It was a lifetime-best for the Woodbury, Minnesota native.

Senior Anton Rice followed up with a very solid 1:52.46 in the men’s 800 meters, battling amid heavy traffic to place ninth overall.

“Both Nicole and Anton didn’t run their best races, tactically, and both feel like they have a lot left in the tank,” head coach Bert Rogers. “They’ll be eager to go at BIG EAST."

Junior Brittney Feivor ran a season-best time of 35:34.57 to take 10th place in the 10,000 meters, while freshman Nora Keller recorded a personal-best of 36:45.96 to place 23rd.



“Brittney still isn’t all the way back to where her fitness was this time last year after her injury this season, but she’s making some nice improvements and strides,” Rogers said. “And Nora, for it being her first 10k race, that was a really good race."

The final MU competitor of the day was junior Clare McDonald, who ran a 15-second personal-best in the 5,000 meters, finishing with a time of 16:46.43. It was good for 10th place overall and No. 4 all-time in MU history.

“Clare had a really good race, had a really nice kick. She finished her last 200 in about 37 seconds, so that was pretty good,” Rogers said. “She ran a tactically smart race and it was a great, great night."

Several more Marquette athletes will be in action at the historic Drake Relays on Friday, beginning with reigning BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week John Krzyszkowski, who throws the javelin at 10 a.m. Also in action will be the men’s and women’s 4x100-, 4x200- and 4x800-meter relays.


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