Marquette Women Third, Men Fourth, at BIG EAST Outdoors

Senior Kristen Gaffey won her first BIG EAST Conference title on Sunday in the shot put.

May 11, 2014


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VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Marquette University women's track and field team earned its first spot on the podium with a third-place finish at the 2014 BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which wrapped up Sunday afternoon at the Jumbo Elliott Track at Villanova Stadium. The men's squad placed fourth and was just six-and-a half points behind the third-place squad.

The women ended the weekend with a total of 120 points, eight behind second-place Georgetown, while the men's 150.5 points were almost 100 ahead of fifth-place Butler.

The Golden Eagles claimed a total of eight event championships on the weekend with four individuals earning top honors on Sunday.

Freshman John Krzyszkowski won the men's javelin, which was rescheduled from Saturday, as was the men's pole vault, which freshman Joel Swanberg won. On the women's side senior Kristen Gaffey captured the shot put, while Tatyana Pashibin notched her second multi-event title of the year with a victory in the heptathlon.

Four Golden Eagles also claimed conference championships on Saturday 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.

Senior Carlye Schuh, who won the women's long jump on Saturday, placed third in the triple jump at a distance of 12.01 meters (39 feet, 5 inches) and was sixth in the 100-meter dash. Her time in the 100 of 11.87 seconds is the second-best time in Marquette history and the fastest ever for an MU runner at the BIG EAST Championships.

Schuh also ran as the anchor leg of the women's 4x100-meter relay, which notched the fastest time (47.80 seconds) for an MU group at a BIG EAST meet and is No. 10 all-time for the program. Schuh was joined by Katie Kemmerer as well as Anna and Arra Strong in the relay and finished in third place.

Anna Strong and Kemmerer also competed in the finals of the women's 400-meter run along with senior Kate Hein and earned a total of 10 points for the MU women. Strong was MU's top finisher in third place with a mark of 55.68 seconds.

Gaffey picked up a total of 15 points for Marquette on Sunday with a fourth-place finish in the discus in addition to her women's shot put title. Gaffey threw 14.15 meters (46 feet, 5.25 inches) to win the shot put and 42.87 meters (140 feet, 8 inches) in the discus.

Swanberg picked up his third conference championship of the spring with a top pole vault of 4.70 meters (15 feet, 5 inches) on Sunday. The Manhattan, Ill., native won the heptathlon and the 60-meter hurdles during the indoor conference meet.

John Kaplan and Vinny Martello placed third and fifth, respectively, behind Swanberg in the men's pole vault.

Another freshman with multiple conference titles in 2014, Pashibin won the heptathlon with a total of 4,083 points. She claimed the top marks in four of the seven events, including the 100-meter hurdles, the high and long jumps and the javelin.

Krzyszkowski topped his own Marquette record in the javelin by just under two meters with a throw of 65.31 meters (214 feet, 3 inches). He recorded the distance on his third throw of the afternoon and captured the event by almost eight meters over his nearest competitor.

In the men's sprints, freshman Brandon Bell scored points for the Golden Eagles in three events, placing third in the 100-meter dash, sixth in the 200 and helping the 4x100-meter relay team to a fourth-place finish. His time of 10.88 seconds in the 100 is the No. 9 mark in MU program history.

The MU men also received points in the triple jump from Brett Tobin, who earned All-BIG EAST honors for the first time in his career with a second-place finish at a distance of 13.74 meters (45 feet, 1 inch). Freshman Dwayne Dash Jr., also competed in the event and placed fourth.

The Golden Eagles return to action next weekend at a pair of last chance meets, the Gregory Invitational on Thursday and Friday as well as Louisville's Cardinal Twilight on Friday.

Men's Team Results
1) Villanova 225.5
2) DePaul 166
3) Georgetown 157
4) Marquette 150.5
5) Butler 59
6) Providence 39
7) Xavier (Ohio) 29

Women's Team Results
1) Villanova 218
2) Georgetown 128
3) Marquette 120
4) DePaul 115
5) St. John's 88
5) Butler 88
7) Xavier (Ohio) 45
7) Providence 45




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