MU Men Soar on Day One of BIG EAST Championships

May 13, 2016

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GENEVA, Ohio – The Marquette University men’s track and field team is off to a soaring start to the 2016 BIG EAST Championships, claiming four individual champions and a first-place lead in the team standings after day one on Friday at the SPIRE Institute.

“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. Maybe slightly ahead of where I thought on the men’s side.”

Senior Wally Ellenson (high jump), junior Dwayne Dash, Jr. (long jump), sophomore William Ford (pole vault) and junior John Krzyszkowski (javelin) all won individual titles on day one. For Ellenson and Krzyszkowski it was a repeat performance from a year ago, while the latter earned his third straight BIG EAST championship.

Ford’s mark of 4.91 meters (16 feet, 2 inches) broke his own school record that he set just a couple short weeks ago and he did it in difficult conditions.

“For Ford to set the school record in such windy conditions was really impressive,” Rogers said.

Dash, Jr. may have used the wind to his advantage, achieving the No. 3 jump all-time in Marquette history and farthest by a Golden Eagle in over 60 years with a distance of 7.47 meters. The jump puts him behind only John Bennett’s top mark of 7.89 meters from the NCAA Championships in 1954 and John Brennan’s mark of 7.51 meters from 1909.

The Golden Eagles received major contributions from their field performers, but also used a balanced effort elsewhere to hold the team edge after the first day. With seven events scored thus far, Marquette holds a 104-60 advantage over second-place and two-time defending champion Villanova.

Several individuals reached the podium, while many others are in position to do the same tomorrow, including junior William Eggers, Junior Carson Meinholz and senior Jordan Smith, who are currently in first, second and fourth place, respectively, after five events of the decathlon.

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the Golden Eagles went 4-5-6 as senior William Hennessy paced the group, followed by freshman Mitchell Kwapick and sophomore Kevin Ryan.

MU cleaned up in the hammer throw as junior Joel McBride and freshman Terrance Howard reached the podium, taking second and third place, respectively, while sophomore Maxwell Bullard followed in fourth, freshman Brendan McKinney in fifth and freshman Austin Stelpflug in eighth.

Qualifying for tomorrow’s final in the 110-meter hurdles was junior Joel Swanberg, sophomore Matthew Peter and Eggers, while senior Brendan Franz qualified for the 400-meter hurdles final as well.

Freshman Connor Boos, junior Brandon Bell and freshman Karl Tatum all advanced to tomorrow’s 100-meter dash final, while Boos and Bell will also appear in the 200-meter dash final after running lifetime-bests. Meanwhile, sophomore Nicholas Ebert and freshman Jay Whalen advanced to tomorrow’s final in the 400-meter dash.

The Golden Eagles will try to capture their first-ever team title when action resumes on Saturday. Events will begin with the continuation of the men’s decathlon at 9 a.m. Central time. Field events are set to start at 11 a.m., followed by running events at noon.

Team Scores (After Day 1)

  1. Marquette – 104 pts.
  2. Villanova – 60 pts.
  3. Georgetown – 36 pts.
  4. Xavier – 22 pts.
  5. Butler – 18 pts.
  6. Providence – 17 pts.
  7. DePaul – 16 pts.




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