Ford, Tedeschi Break Pole Vault Records at Whitewater
May 1, 2016
WHITEWATER, Wis. – William Ford and Gemma Tedeschi put a ribbon on a busy weekend for Marquette University men’s track and field as both set school records in the pole vault at the UW-Whitewater Drake Alternative meet on Sunday.
The meet was originally scheduled for Saturday, but inclement weather in Whitewater pushed action back 24 hours. It was well worth the wait for Ford and Tedeschi – both recording school records in the pole vault.
Tedeschi leaped to a mark of 3.86 meters (12 feet, 8 inches) to take second place in the event. She entered the meet with the No. 2 all-time mark, which she set at the BIG EAST Championships last May. Today, Tedeschi surpassed Carrie Schmid’s mark of 3.85 meters (12 feet, 7.5 inches) set back in 2008.
Ford came into the meet with the No. 4 all-time mark and jumped into the top spot by improving his career-best mark by nearly a half-foot with a mark of 4.85 meters (15 feet, 11 inches). His jump overtook Nick VanDeraa’s mark from 2009 by 2 inches.
It was a day for the vaulters as Vinny Martello set personal-best and the No. 5 mark all-time at MU with a jump of 4.70 meters (15 feet, 5 inches) to finish in fourth place, while Julie Clayton also set a personal-best mark with the No. 9 mark all-time of 3.36 meters (11 feet, .25 inch).
“Overall, it was a good meet and we got what we wanted out of it,” head coach Bert Rogers said. “Now, it’s a quick turnaround with our meet in Madison on Friday before BIG EAST in a couple weeks, so we’re looking forward to that.”
Freshman Monique Felix highlighted a trio of runner-up finishes with a personal-best in the triple jump. Her mark of 11.85 meters (38 feet, 10.5 inches) was good for No. 6 on the all-time list at MU. Felix also took second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.14 seconds. Her second-place finish in the long jump, where she jumped a distance of 5.44 meters (17 feet, 10.25 inches), was runner-up to Catherine Sherwood, who won it with a mark of 5.58 meter (18 feet, 3.75 inches).
Killion McGinnis took second place in the men’s high jump with a leap of 1.95 meters (6 feet, 4.75 inches).
In the men’s long jump, the Golden Eagles took the top-three spots with Dwayne Dash Jr. winning the event with a distance of 7.15 meters (23 feet, 5.5 inches), which was just off of his personal-best set earlier this season. Cory Cegelski (6.83/22-5) and Djdade Denson (6.72/22-0.75).
On the track, Jack Carpenter raced to nearly a 4-second victory in the 5,000 meters, running a time of 15:34.91 to edge Kevin Claus of Augustana. He also took sixth in the men’s 1,500 meters with a time of 4:07.50.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Hannah Gorin brought home a win on the women’s side with a time of 11:48.74, while Mitchell Kwapick raced home to a winning time of 9:47.40. Kevin Ryan took second by a mere 8-hundredths of a second.
Marquette will head to Madison on Friday, May 6 to compete at the Wisconsin Twilight. It will be the team’s final tune-up before the 2016 BIG EAST Conference Championships in Geneva, Ohio May 13-14.
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