MU Women Second After Day One at BIG EAST Champs

May 13, 2016

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GENEVA, Ohio - The Marquette University women's track and field team is in prime position to contend for the 2016 BIG EAST outdoor championship as the Golden Eagles sit in second place with 51 points after day one at the SPIRE Institute Track & Field Facility on Friday.

"That was an exciting first day," head coach Bert Rogers said after action on day one. "I was really proud of how hard the men and women competed so far. It went about how I thought it was going to."

Junior Nicole Jaffke was Marquette's lone individual winner on Friday as she tied a personal-best in the pole vault with a leap of 3.71 meters (12 feet, 2 inches). Sophomore Gemma Tedeschi would finish close behind in second place.

Freshman Keely Knobbe led a trio of Golden Eagles placing in the top-six in the hammer as she reached the podium with a third-place finish following a throw of 44.82 meters (147 feet). Sophomore Maya Marion took fifth, while freshman Ashley Gaffey finished in sixth.

Freshman Monique Felix is currently in second place in the heptathlon after four events scored. Her winning time of 14.87 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles was a Marquette freshman record and she sits with 2,752 points, trailing Julia Schwan of St. John's with 2,803. Freshman Catherine Sherwood is close behind in third place, while senior Taylor Keating and sophomore Erica Wanie are in seventh and eighth place, respectively.

Sophomore Terica Harris recorded a fourth place finish in the long jump with a mark of 5.47 meters. Freshman Allison Chmelik and senior Tatyana Pashibin also placed in the top-eight.

Junior Brittney Feivor and freshman Nora Keller put forth gutsy efforts in the 10,000 meters to place sixth and eighth, respectively. Sophomore Abigail Busse took seventh in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Sophomore Cassy Goodrich qualified for the final in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes, while junior Anna Strong will join her in the latter.

Sophomores Jennifer and Jessica Parker both qualified for tomorrow's final in the 1,500 meters, while freshman Lindsay Billig ran a lifetime-best of 1:07.40 to qualify for the 400-meter hurdles final on Saturday. 

Action will resume on Saturday with the continuation of the women's heptathlon at 9:30 a.m. Central time. Field events are set to begin at 11 a.m., followed by running events at noon.

Team Scores (After Day 1)

  1. Villanova - 62 pts.
  2. Marquette - 51 pts.
  3. St. John's - 48 pts.
  4. Butler - 24 pts.
  5. Providence - 23 pts.
  6. Georgetown - 17 pts.
  7. DePaul - 7 pts.
  8. Xavier - 2 pts.




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