MU Closes Out Solid Weekend at Drake Relays, Whitewater
April 29, 2017
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Golden Eagles turned in several more impressive performances on the final day of the 108th Drake Relays, while others performed well at the UW-Whitewater Drake Alternative meet on Saturday.
After qualifying for the finals for the first time in over 60 years, the men's 4x100-meter relay team of Joshua Word, Jay Whalen, Connor Boos and Brandon Bell finished with a time of 41.37 seconds to place fifth overall, which is the highest finish for a Marquette squad in that event since 1953.
Brad Eagan continued his breakthrough outdoor season with a methodical race in the men's 1,500 meters en route to a fifth place finish in a time of 3:54.28. In the women's race, Jennifer Parker (4:34.02) and Jessica Parker (4:34.03) also turned in impressive finishes, taking seventh and eighth place overall, respectively.
Other top individual efforts at Drake include Daniel Armstrong placing fifth in the high jump with a height of 2.08 meters (6 feet, 9.75 inches), Maya Marion taking ninth in the shot put with a distance of 14.37 meters (47 feet, 1.75 inches), Gemma Tedeschi finishing 14th in the pole vault with a jump of 3.70 meters (12 feet, 1.5 inches) and, in the women's triple jump, Monique Felix (11.85 meters/38 feet, 10 inches) and Terica Harris (11.76 meters/38 feet, 7 inches) placing 12th and 14th, respectively.
"Despite the conditions, we had a lot of good performances and we competed hard," Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. "We placed pretty high in a lot of events as compared to years past. The team showed a lot of toughness and I'm proud of them for the effort they gave."
Also turning in a top effort at Drake was the women's sprint medley relay (200, 200, 400, 800) of Arra Strong, Madison Marko, Anna Strong and Erica Wanie, who ran a time of 4:07.02 which ranks seventh-fastest all-time at Marquette.
In the distance medley relay (1200, 400, 800, 1600), the women's team of Meghan Carroll, Alison Parker, Kyra Gudex and Mary Hanson recorded the eighth-fastest time-ever at Marquette, taking 10th place overall in a time of 12:00.55.
Meanwhile, Whitewater featured several solid performances as well despite some wind, rain and cold conditions.
Madison Ricciardi dropped nearly a half-second from her prelims time to take fifth place overall in the 100 hurdles with a personal-best of 15.47 seconds. In the women's 400 hurdles, Alex Goodrich took home the win, falling just shy of a new personal-best with a time of 1:04.81.
For the men, Ryan Burd registered a win in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:31.84, James Kubik set a new personal-best in the pole vault with a height of 4.50 meters (14 feet, 9 inches) and placed seventh, and Chris Van Saders took third in the 110-meter hurdles with a new personal-best of 15.63 seconds before taking home the win in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 55.54 seconds.
Marquette will head to Madison on Friday, May 5, for its final tune-up before the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships (May 12-13).
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