Records Fall in Twilight Meet at Wisconsin

May 5, 2017

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MADISON, Wis. - The Golden Eagles appear to be hitting their stride at just the right time with several outstanding performances taking place at the Wisconsin Alumni Classic on Friday, one week ahead of their title defenses at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships which being in one week.

Marquette set several personal-bests and top-10 list marks in Madison, headlined by a pair of school records. Jessica Parker broke a 15-year record previously held by Jennifer Batie (2002) with a time of 2:06.97, which took third place and currently put her in regional qualifying position among the top-48 times in the West region.

Additionally, the men's 4x100-meter relay team of Joshua Word, Jay Whalen, Connor Boos and Brandon Bell set a new standard for the fourth time this season, running a winning time of 40.71 seconds.

Also taking home wins on Friday was Dwayne Dash Jr. in the long jump with a distance of 6.90 meters (22 feet, 7.75 inches). Cory Cegelski wasn't far behind with a third place finish of 6.79 meters (22 feet, 3.5 inches).

Will Wolf won the triple jump with a distance of 14.72 meters (48 feet, 3.5 inches), while Monique Felix breezed to a personal-best and the No. 2 mark all-time at Marquette in the 400-meter hurdles with a winning time of 1:02.16. And Clare McDonald also took home a win in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:28.92.

Several others set all-time list marks, including Jennifer Parker, who in addition to her sister Jessica setting the all-time record in the 800 meters with a time of 2:06.97, ran the No. 8 mark all-time in 2:11.60.

James Kubik registered a lifetime-best and the No. 8 mark all-time at Marquette in the pole vault with a height of 4.60 meters (15 feet, 1 inch). Alex Goodrich set the No. 10 mark all-time in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.15 seconds, while Madison Ricciardi was close behind with a personal-best time of 15.34 seconds.

Other notable performances included Brad Eagan taking second place in the 1,500 meters 3:53.57. Boos (10.75 seconds) and Word (10.80 seconds) placed second and third, respectively, in the 100 meters, while Chris Van Saders, Will Eggers, Sam Sagan and Carson Meinholz all set personal-bests in the 110-meter hurdles. 

And in the hammer throw, Maya Marion, Ashley Gaffey and Olivia Osunkwo all set personal-bests, while Terrance Howard and Austin Stellpflug set lifetime-bests on the men's side.

In the team classification, the Golden Eagles went 2-1 on each side, defeating host Wisconsin and Illinois State, while falling to Northern Iowa.

MEN: Marquette 252, Illinois State 203; Marquette 247, Wisconsin 222; Northern Iowa 289, Marquette 227.

WOMEN: Marquette 284, Illinois State 240.50; Marquette 289, Wisconsin 285; Northern Iowa 272, Marquette 270.

The Golden Eagles will now turn their attention to defending their first-ever BIG EAST Outdoor team titles from a season ago, traveling to Villanova for the two-day event Friday-Saturday, May 12-13.

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