May 13, 2017
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VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Marquette University women’s track and field team completed the double after capturing the 2017 BIG EAST Outdoor Championship on Saturday. The Golden Eagles flourished on the strength of six individual champions, while the men’s team, stricken by numerous injuries on day two, settled for a runner-up finish.
Heavy winds and rain drenched Villanova Stadium on day two, but competition continued as the Golden Eagle women featured a pair of dual champions in sophomore Monique Felix and Terica Harris, while junior Maya Marion became the league’s first-ever three-time winner in the shot put.
"I was really proud of how the ladies competed today," head coach Bert Rogers said. "It was a very solid meet for the women. We didn't have much for hiccups and the team competed hard, resulting in a lot of PRs. This group was so deserving of the big team win."
Much like the indoor league meet earlier this year, Harris came away with both the long jump and triple jump crowns and was honored as the meet's Most Outstanding Field Performer, while Felix won gold in both the heptathlon and high jump, while placing second in the triple jump on the way to being named the meet's High Point Performer (28 points).
It was the high jump that officially secured the second-straight outdoor title and fourth-straight team title overall for the Golden Eagles. MU placed five in the top-eight to record 27 team points in the event. Felix beat out Omo Tseumah on fewer attempts as both finished with a mark of 1.70 meters (5 feet, 7 inches). Bridget Bodee (fourth), Jenna Rosenthal (sixth) and Breanne Marchan (eighth) would round out the dominating performance for MU.
On the men’s side, it was an unfortunate turn of events at the start of the day as the men’s 4x100-meter relay (Joshua Word, Jay Whalen, Connor Boos, Brandon Bell), which had broken the school record on four occasions this season, had to settle for a fifth place finish after the team’s third leg, Boos, suffered an injury to his leg just before handing off to Bell.
"I'm really proud of how the men competed," Rogers said. "We had a lot of good performances. A lot of guys really stepped up and did well. We had a couple things go wrong and then the two big injuries in the most dramatic way possible.
"Connor went down just as he took the lead in the final turn," Rogers added. "We were expecting him to run well in both the 100 and the 200 and possibly podium in both. We were also expecting him to lead off the 4x400 relay, so there’s a bunch of points that went down."
Boos opted to walk both the 100 and 200-meter events, earning the team a few points. Things went from bad-to-worse when Word suffered his leg injury in the 100-meter dash and was forced to walk to the 200 final with Boos. The shortage of team points enabled DePaul’s strong sprinting core to pull away in the end, scoring 21 more points than Marquette (204-183).
"Joshua going down, leading the 100-meter dash, it was gut-wrenching," Rogers said. "We did have so many other awesome things that happened today and for that, the team should be proud of their second place finish."
In the men’s decathlon, freshman Sam Sagan impressed as he continued to lead the competition heading into the final three events. He set personal-best marks in each of his first seven events in route to a second place finish with a total of 5,603 points, falling short of fellow freshman Wade Walder of Butler, who won four of his last five events to earn the come-from-behind victory with a grand total of 6,265 points.
The Golden Eagles placed four in the top-six in the men's triple jump with Will Wolf taking second place, followed by Djdade Denson in third, Cory Cegelski in fourth and Dwayne Dash Jr. in sixth.
Chris Van Saders had an impressive day as well, taking second place in the 110-meter hurdles and third in the 400-meter hurdles. And Brad Eagan turned in a fifth place finish in the 1,500 meters before running the anchor leg for the second-place 4x800-meter relay team.
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2017 Outdoor Track & Field Championship Major Individual Awards
Co-Men’s Most Outstanding Track Performer – Joseph White, Georgetown, Jr., Mid-Distance &
Sebastian Feyersinger, DePaul, Jr., Sprints
Men’s Most Outstanding Field Performer – Trevor Kintytt, DePaul, Jr., Throws ^#
Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year – DePaul (Head Coach Dave Dopek)
Men’s High Point Performer of the Meet – Zachary Polk, Xavier, Jr., Sprints/Jumps (28.5 points)
Women’s Most Outstanding Track Performer – Maya Stephens, St. John’s, Jr., Sprints ^
Women’s Most Outstanding Field Performer – Terica Harris, Marquette, Jr., Jumps
Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year – Marquette (Head Coach Bert Rogers) ^#
Women’s High Point Performer of the Meet – Monique Felix, Marquette, So., Multis (28.0 points)
^ denotes unanimous selection
# won award in 2016
1. Marquette – 195 points
2. Villanova – 176
3. St. John’s – 156
4. DePaul – 134
5. Georgetown – 68
T6. Xavier – 44
T6. Providence – 44
8. Butler – 40
1. DePaul – 204 points
2. Marquette – 183
3. Villanova – 138
4. Georgetown – 104
5. Butler – 98
6. Xavier – 69
7. Providence – 44