Marquette Track & Field Competes At Wisconsin Twilight
May 10, 2008
The Marquette University track and field teams wrapped up competition Saturday with some big performances at the Wisconsin Twilight meet in Madison.
"We had a lot of different people compete for a lot of different reasons today," said head coach Bert Rogers. "Some were trying to bolster their regional mark; others were trying to get a regional mark; some it was their last meet of the season and others we were looking to inaugurate into to the fall and getting ready for next year."
After a rough performance at last week's BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Villanova, Pa., Cassie Peller responded by dominating the women's 1,500 meters with a time of 4:27.43.
"It looks like she's back in form after having been sick at the BIG EAST meet," Rogers said of Peller. "She basically ran the whole meet by herself. It wasn't her best mark of the year, but it surpassed the regional qualifing standard, and we're happy to see that."
On the men's side, the 4x100-meter relay team of Antonio Jones, Tyler O'Brien, Nick VanDeraa and Ray Bratchett again broke the school record, placing second with a time of 51.57 and Peter Bolgert achieved a U.S. Junior national qualifying mark in his second event (3,000m Steeplechase) with his time of 3:54.24 in the 1,500 meters.
"It's really exciting to see Peter running so well, and he's really looking forward to training hard and competing," said Rogers, who also stated Bolgertt will most likely only run the steeplechase at the junior national meet.
Rounding out the Golden Eagles' highlights, Sarah Verdoliva finished second in the women's 800 meters with a time of 2:13.93, followed by Kaitlin Millen, who placed third (2:17.94). Amanda Beggs led the Golden Eagles with a time of 10:35.00 to place second in the women's 3,000 meters.