Marquette Men and Women Sit Second at BIG EAST Outdoors

Samantha Kennedy won her first BIG EAST title Saturday in the women's hammer throw.

May 10, 2014

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VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field teams concluded the first day of competition Saturday evening at the 2014 BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships almost 13 hours after they began action following a day of extended weather delays.

The women’s sit second with 37 points through the finals of five events, while the men have 42 points and are also in second place.

Four Golden Eagles claimed conference championships on the day with William Koeck and Samantha Kennedy claiming top honors in the men’s and women’s hammer throw, while seniors Carlye Schuh won the women’s long jump and Michael Saindon won the men’s high jump.

Kennedy kicked off the day’s action with her first career conference title in the women’s hammer throw at a personal-best distance of 56.13 meters (184 feet, 2 inches). The Surrey, British Columbia native placed 18th at last year’s meet and will compete at 8 a.m. CT tomorrow in the women’s javelin, which was rescheduled due to this afternoon’s weather conditions.

In addition to the women’s javelin, the men’s pole vault and javelin have also been rescheduled and will be competed Sunday at 12:45 p.m. CT and 1 p.m. CT, respectively.

Senior Kristen Gaffey also competed in the hammer and picked up five points for the women with a fourth-place finish at a distance of 48.80 meters (160 feet, 1 inch).

Koeck claimed his second BIG EAST title of the 2013-14 year with a victory in the men’s hammer throw, one spot ahead of teammate Bret Hardin. Koeck, who won the weight throw during the indoor campaign, recorded a distance of 60.79 meters (199 feet, 5 inches), while Hardin’s top mark was 60.59 meters (198 feet, 9 inches).

Patrick Stuart notched three points for the men with a sixth-place finish in the hammer throw and freshman Joel McBride placed ninth with a new personal best.

Schuh made it a clean sweep in the women’s long jump by winning on Saturday after also claiming indoor honors this season. Schuh, the 2014 BIG EAST Indoor Championships Most Outstanding Female Field Performer, recorded a top mark of 5.78 meters (18 feet, 11.75 meters) for 10 women’s points.

The Appleton, Wis., native also ran the 100-meter dash and placed seventh (12.23 seconds) in her preliminary heat, qualifying her for Sunday’s final. She will also compete in the women’s triple jump tomorrow.

Saindon won his first BIG EAST title after action resumed following the extended weather delay with a top leap of 2.08 meters (6 feet, 9.75 inches) in the men’s high jump. The native of Wausau, Wis., tied his season’s best, while Max Kilpin placed sixth at a height of 1.94 meters (6 feet, 4.25 inches). Saindon was also seventh in the men’s long jump and freshman Dwayne Dash placed fourth at a distance of 6.61 inches (21 feet, 8.25 inches).

Sophomore Kellie Greenwood recorded the No. 3 time in Marquette history with a mark of 10:41.19 to finish third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Freshman Britney Feivor also picked up a point for the MU women with a time of 36:22.37 in the 10,000-meter run. That is the ninth-best time in Marquette history.

In the women’s 400 meters, Anna Strong (55.94 seconds), Katie Kemmerer (56.62 seconds) and Kate Hein (56.94 seconds) all qualified for Sunday’s final with places of fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively.

Events resume at the Jumbo Elliott Track at Villanova Stadium on Sunday at 8 a.m. CT with the decathlon, where Jordan Smith sits second through the first five events with 3,024 points. Joel Swanberg has 2,635 points and sits fourth.

The heptathlon resumes at 8:30 a.m. CT when Tatyana Pashibin will look for a sweep in the women’s multi-events this year. Pashibin, who won the pentathlon at the indoor championships, sits first through the first four meets of the heptathlon with 2,642 points.

Sunday’s running events resume at 11 a.m. CT with the women’s 4x100-meter relay and will conclude with men’s 4x400-meter relay at 3:05 p.m. CT.




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