Four Crowned On Day One at BIG EAST Championships

Seniors Will and Kat Koeck both won the hammer throw in their final BIG EAST Championship appearances
May 8, 2015

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VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Four champions were crowned for Marquette University on day one of the 2015 BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Jumbo Elliott Track at Villanova Stadium, Friday, May 8. The men's and women's teams currently rank second in the team classification heading into the final day of compeition.

"It was a pretty good day one," head coach Bert Rogers said. "We had four BIG EAST champs and a lot of qualifiers for tomorrow. Should be pretty exciting the rest of the way."

The senior sibling duo of Kathryn Koeck and William Koeck did not disappoint in their respective hammer throw events. The natives from Winneconne, Wisconsin both took first place as Kathryn threw for 60.59 meters (198-09 feet) and William defended his outdoor title and set a school record with a toss of 62.27 meters (204-03 feet).

Wally Ellenson made it a clean sweep of BIG EAST Indoor and Outdoor high jump titles with his leap of 2.11 meters (6-11 feet). Unlike his indoor performance from March, the junior Rice Lake, Wisconsin native fell shy of the BIG EAST record, but will continue his pursuit for a national championship as he looks ahead to the West Regional Preliminaries in Austin, Texas, May 28.

Also defending his 2014 BIG EAST title was sophomore John Krzyszkowski, who won by a wide margin with a throw of 64.97 meters (213-02 feet), which was nearly 17 feet farther than second-place Sean Locke of Villanova.

In the long jump, Dwayne Dash took fourth with a distance of 7.09 meters (23-3.25 feet), while Cory Cegelski, Djdade and Brett Tobin took eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively.

Freshman Jessica Parker qualified for Saturday's final in the 1,500-meter run with a PR time of 4:31.90.

After five events in the men's decathlon, junior Jordan Smith is fourth, freshman William Eggers is fifth and sophomore Joel Swanberg sits in seventh place. Eggers pulled in a pair of wins in the 100-meter and 400-meter dashes, while Swanberg won the high jump and Smith held steady with top-five finishes in four-of-five events.

In the women's heptathlon, sophomore Taylor Keating currently sits in third place after four events on day one. Her best finish was second place in the shot put.

In the women's 100-meter hurdles, freshman Jnana Martin missed qualifying for the finals by one place, but did set a PR with a time of 16.66 seconds in just her fifth-ever time in the event.

The Marquette men scored well in the pole vault with junior Vinny Martello taking second place with a height of 4.51 meters (14-9.5 feet), which is the seventh-best height all-time. Freshman Will Ford (4.51 meters/14-9.5 feet) took third behind Martello based on number of attempts, while junior John Kaplan finished fourth with a height of 4.36 meters (14-3.5 feet).

Three MU women qualified in the 400-meter dash with sophomore Anna Strong leading the way with a time of 55.33 seconds. Freshman Cassy Goodrich and senior Katie Tolan followed with times of 55.66 and 56.83 seconds, respectively.

Goodrich also qualified in the women's 200-meter dash with the fourth-fastest overall time of 24.59 seconds.

On the men's side, freshman Nicholas Ebert (49.00 seconds) and junior Anton Rice (49.16 seconds) qualified for Saturday's final.

Sophomore Nicole Ethier and senior Krista McClure both set PRs in the women's 800-meter run, but just missed qualifying for tomorrow's final.

On the men's side, freshman Alec Miller qualified with a time of 1:51.51, while sophomore Aric Miller (1:53.00) and junior D.T. McDonald (1:55.28) unfortunately finished just outside the top-eight qualifying marks.

In the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, freshman Kevin Ryan turned in a sixth-place finish with a personal-best time of 9:25.69, while William Hennessy placed seventh with time of 9:27.55. On the women's side, sophomore Kellie Greenwood, who was a favorite to win the event, was forced to pull out due to a foot injury.

"We took a bit of a hit points-wise on the women's side with Kellie Greenwood going down," head coach Bert Rogers said. "She won't be able to race in the 5,000-meter run and it's going to be a challenge, but the team is still in the mix." 

In the women's 10,000-meter run, Brittney Feivor's seventh-place finishing time of 35:03.41 was just 5 seconds shy of a personal best.

TEAM RESULTS (After Day 1)
Women - Team Rankings - 6 Events Scored
1) Villanova 68
2) Marquette 34
3) DePaul 29
3) St. John's 29
5) Butler 27
6) Providence 21
7) Georgetown 17
8) Xavier 9

Men - Team Rankings - 7 Events Scored
1) Villanova 79
2) Marquette 73
3) Georgetown 36
4) DePaul 32
5) Xavier 21
6) Providence 20
7) Butler 11




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