Five Claim Titles On Day One at BIG EAST Championships
May 12, 2017
VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Golden Eagles are off to a tremendous start after crowning five individual champions and leading both the men’s and women’s team standings following day one of the BIG EAST Conference Championships, hosted by Villanova.
Marquette is in pursuit to repeat as men’s and women’s team champions for the first time in school history and each has a head start after day one sparked by five individual titles – all in field events.
“This is where we wanted to be,” head coach Bert Rogers said. "We know we’re going to score a lot of points in the field and I think things worked out pretty well on day one. We we’re looking to build a nice lead and I think we did just that on both sides. We’re really pleased and excited for tomorrow.”
The men claimed three individual champs, highlighted by John Krzyszkowski’s fourth-straight javelin title in convincing fashion. The Mississauga, Ontario, native recorded his best mark at the conference meet of 70.26 meters (230 feet, 6 inches), falling just 3 feet shy of the BIG EAST record and going nearly 40 feet farther than the next closest competitor.
Senior Dwayne Dash Jr. also capped his BIG EAST career on a high note, repeating as long jump champion with a mark of 7.29 meters (23 feet, 11 inches). Meanwhile, freshman Daniel Armstrong got his BIG EAST outdoor career off to a roaring start with a convincing win in his own right as he soared to 2.15 meters (7 feet, 0.5 inch).
Junior Terica Harris got the women off to a fast start with her second-straight outdoor long jump title with a distance of 5.87 meters (19 feet, 3.25 inches). She stole the show at BIG EAST indoors with titles in both the long and triple jumps. She will try for the same feat in the triple jump tomorrow.
Junior Gemma Tedeschi overcame last year’s second place finish to win the outdoor pole vault for the first time in her career. Her height of 3.81 meters (12 feet, 6 inches) edged a pair of Villanova vaulters by 4 inches for the win.
After seven-of-22 scored events, the men lead the competition with 71 points, ahead of DePaul in second with 51 points. The women’s side is also out in front after six-of-22 scored events, leading second-place and host Villanova, 60-46.
In addition to crowning five individual champions, 20 student-athletes combined, spanning seven events (see below), are headed to the finals, while sophomore Monique Felix has a firm lead in the heptathlon after four events and freshman Sam Sagan holds a narrow lead in the men’s decathlon after five events.
Some additional highlights on day one include senior Brittney Feivor’s personal-best performance in the 10,000 meters where she placed second overall. The Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, native led most of the race before crossing the finishing line with the second-fastest time in school history (34:25.78).
In the field, Keely Knobbe took third place in the hammer, followed by Ashley Gaffey in fourth, Maya Marion in fifth and Monica Voudrie in sixth to score big team points in the event. On the men’s side, Brendan McKinney also made the podium with a third place finish, while Joel McBride (4th) and Austin Stellpflug (6th) scored big as well.
James Kubik reached the podium with a strong third place finish in the pole vault for the men. In addition to Tedeschi’s win on the women’s side, the Golden Eagles received big efforts by Nicole Jaffke (4th), Julie Clayton (6th) and Briana Cross (7th) to record 20 team points in the event.
And in the men’s javelin, it wasn’t just Krzyszkowski making the podium this time around as Eric Fellin took third place with a big personal-best toss of 56.80 meters (186 feet, 4 inches), which is good for fifth all-time.
Saturday’s action will resume at 9 a.m. Central time with coverage on the BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX Sports Go set to air beginning at noon.
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