VILLANOVA, Pa. - Senior Jamie Roth placed fourth in the women's hammer throw to lead the Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams through the first day of competition at the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Jumbo Elliott Track at Villanova Stadium.
"It was a good day for the hammer throw group overall," associate head coach and throws coach Michael Koenning said. "Jamie held onto her fourth-place ranking even as most of the field was at least 1-2 meters off their bests, including Jamie herself. Jon Kusowksi had a nice meet in which he seemed to improve on every throw after a slow start. Rob Bleem had a nice PR and put himself in position to make finals, but the opportunity didn't present itself today. Three of the men finished among the top 10 in the meet and all are returning next year."
Roth held true to her No. 4 ranking on the BIG EAST outdoor performance list to earn five points for the Golden Eagles with a top throw of 175 feet (53.34 meters). Freshman Kathryn Koeck also competed in the hammer throw and finished 18th. Roth and Koeck will also compete Sunday in the discus.
The Golden Eagles entered the day with four of the conference's top 17 athletes in the men's hammer throw and ended the day with three in the top 10, and four among the 14 athletes to record a distance. Redshirt junior Jonathan Kusowski led the way in sixth place with a distance of 182 feet, 1 inch (55.49 meters), while freshman Bret Hardin was ninth with 174 feet, 8 inches (53.25 meters).
Robert Bleem set almost a seven-foot personal best with a throw of 172 feet, 6 inches (52.57 meters) to place tenth.
David Carbajal finished 14th in the hammer throw with a top toss of 161 feet, 3 inches.
"Tomorrow is a busy day with the men's shot put starting things off in the morning, followed by Carlye Schuh in the women's long jump," head track and field coach Bert Rogers said. "Obviously we will look for big things in the events where the finals will be held tomorrow, but also in the preliminaries where our athletes can advance to Sunday's competition. The weather is great, spirits are high and we are looking forward to continuing our progress tomorrow."
Saturday's action will begin at 8 a.m. CT and conclude at roughly 6 p.m. CT, while the meet will run Sunday from 10 a.m.-1:50 p.m. CT.
In addition to live results provided by the BIG EAST Conference, the meet is streamed live on BIGEAST.tv.
Current Standings (as of May 6) Men 1. Notre Dame: 18 2. Connecticut: 8 3. Villanova: 5 4. Louisville: 4 5. Marquette: 3 6. Syracuse