Men's Relay Team Breaks 78-year-old Record at Drake

Junior Alison Parker
April 29, 2016


DES MOINES, Iowa – There were fireworks for Marquette University on the track for day two of the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday.

The men’s 4x200-meter relay team consisting of Jay Whalen, Nicholas Ebert, Connor Boos and Brandon Bell made history Friday night as it broke a 78-year-old record with a time of 1:26.12. The time was good for sixth place and trumped the Marquette team of Beaudry, Callahan, Black and Carr, who ran a time of 1:26.94 at the 1938 Drake Relays.

The women’s 4x200-meter relay team made a little history as well, setting the No. 4 mark all-time at MU. The team of Arra Strong, Monique Felix, Terica Harris and Cassy Goodrich answered a disappointing 4x100-meter relay showing with one of the fastest in school history, taking seventh place overall in a time of 1:39.78.

The sensational performances by both 4x200-meter relay teams were a byproduct of a disappointing showing in the 4x100-meter race.

“The day didn’t start off so hot. Both 4x100 relay teams did perform well,” head coach Bert Rogers said. “In the women’s race, the second handoff they just got too close and dropped it. The men had a couple poor exchanges and both teams were really disappointed. But both 4x200 relay teams came back fired up and both teams ran really great races.”



Then both 4x800-meter relay teams kept the fire going. The women’s side of Nicole Ethier, Alison Parker, Jennifer Parker and Jessica Parker ran the No. 3 time in MU history, racing to a ninth place overall finish with a time of 8:50.06.

The men’s team of Alec Miller, Anton Rice, D.T. McDonald and Aric Miller recorded the No. 9 time in MU history with a mark of 7:34.58 to also place ninth overall.

“Both 4x800 relays ran really well, finishing under the lights and turning in really competitive times,” Rogers said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to come back and do some great stuff tomorrow as well.”

Earlier in the day, John Krzyszkowski competed in the javelin. Coming off a school-record performance, it was a bit of a disappointment for the junior, who took eighth place with a toss of 60.24 meters (197 feet, 7 inches). It was a ways off from his mark from a week ago that registered 69.39 meters (227 feet, 8 inches).

Saturday’s action will feature senior Wally Ellenson in the high jump, the men’s and women’s sprint medley and distance medley relays, as well as the men’s 1,500 meters.


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