Track & Field Concludes Action at BIG EAST Outdoor Championships
May 5, 2013
2013 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field teams concluded the final day of action Sunday afternoon at the 2013 BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Piscataway, N.J., at the Bauer Track and Field Complex.
The men’s team placed 12th with 18.50 points, while the women were 13th with 15 total points.
“It was a pretty solid weekend and we saw some good performances today,” Marquette head track and field coach Bert Rogers said. “With this being the final incarnation of this BIG EAST Championships as it has been since we joined, I thought we competed hard this weekend. A definite highlight today was Kyle Winter taking fourth in 800 in a tough and competitive race. He stuck his nose in there and competed well. It was nice to wrap things up here and we are looking forward to moving on to last chance meets and heading to NCAA regionals. In terms of the BIG EAST we are looking forward to the coming years and the new alignment as we move forward.”
After placing seventh in Saturday’s preliminary heat of the men’s 800-meter run, senior Kyle Winter placed fourth with the second-fastest time of his career, 1:50.24.
In the men’s pole vault, John Kaplan notched a new freshman record and the No. 3 mark in program history by clearing a bar at 15 feet, 3 inches (4.65 meters). Kaplan placed 10th overall in the event.
The women’s 4x100-meter relay of Katie Kemmerer, Carlye Schuh, Gretchen Homan and Chanel Franklin kicked off action on Sunday morning with a time of 46.88 seconds to place ninth. That time is the No. 2 mark in program history.
In the 1,500-meter run, freshman Molly Hanson placed 12 in 4:40.37, after running a time of 4:28.30 in the preliminary heats on Saturday. Spencer Agnew also posted a qualifying mark in the men’s 1,500 and placed 10th on Sunday with a time of 3:53.61.
In Saturday’s action, junior Carlye Schuh topped her own program long jump record for the second meet in a row with a distance of 20 feet, 1 1/2 inches (6.13 meters) on her fifth attempt of the afternoon. The Appleton, Wis., native finished second by one centimeter in the event to defending champion Asha Ruth from Rutgers.
In addition to Schuh’s eight points for her second-place finish, the Marquette women also received a pair of points on Saturday from classmate Kristen Gaffey who placed seventh in the shot put. Gaffey recorded a mark of 45 feet, 11 3/4 inches (14.01 meters), while classmate Kirsten Walker placed 12th in the event with a distance of 41 feet 8 inches (12.70 meters).
The Marquette men received points on Saturday from Cheldon Brown and Michael Saindon in the high jump, as well as redshirt senior Jack Hackett in the 10,000-meter run. Brown placed fourth in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 8 1/4 inches (2.04 meters), while Saindon tied for sixth in the even at a height of 6 feet, 6 1/4 inches (1.99 meters).
Hackett ran in Saturday’s final event and placed seventh in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 29:50.88. The Port Washington, Wis., native is only the sixth athlete in program history to break 30 minutes in the event.
Juniors Kate Hein and Gretchen Homan each competed in the women’s 400-meter run on Saturday with Hein recording a personal-best time of 55.50 seconds, the second-fastest time in MU history. Hein and Homan placed 13th and 16th, respectively in the event.
Kathryn Koeck began the first day of competition Friday with a fourth-place finish in the women’s hammer throw with a distance of 182 feet, 7 inches (55.57 meters). The Winneconne, Wis., native earned the MU women five points in the first event of the 2013 championships after earning one point while placing eighth in 2012.
Sophomore William Koeck also earned a fourth-place finish in the men’s event with the third-best distance of his career. Koeck reached a mark of 194 feet, 7 inches (59.31 meters) to earn the MU men five points after finishing 13th in the event in 2012 as a freshman.
Redshirt senior David Carbajal topped his previous personal best by six feet in the hammer with a distance of 175 feet (53.35 meters). Carbajal’s mark is good for 10th all-time in MU history.
The Golden Eagles return to action May 9-10 at the Dr. Keeler Invitational in Naperville, Ill., and at Louisville’s Cardinal Twilight on Friday, May 10.
Marquette's BIG EAST Outdoor Championships Results