Nick Szczech PRs in 10,000 Meters
May 14, 2010
NAPERVILLE, Ill. - Marquette junior distance runner Nick Szczech finished second in the 10,000-meter run at the North Central College Dr. Keeler Invitational, posting a time of 30:32.10 to put him on the cusp of the NCAA West Preliminary Round field.
"I am proud of the way Nick competed tonight," assistant coach Mike Nelson said. "He ran a very intelligent and cautious race. He was able to hang in the middle of the pack for the first 8,000 meters and then started picking people off."
Though pleased with Szczech's performance Nelson said that quite a few things would have to happen for Szczech to make the NCAA field.
"(Making the regional) is a definite possibility and we will keep him training. Overall I am just happy and proud with how he raced. If he goes it would be great."
Szczech's time now places him sixth in Marquette history and puts him 58th overall among competitors in the West Region. Only the top 48 athletes in each event advance, but he still has a shot depending on how things shake out within the next week around the country.
Brice Cleland also ran with Szczech in the 10,000 and finished 20th in 31:34.09.
Senior Carrie Schmid, the school record holder in the pole vault, finished off an impressive career with a fifth-place finish in the event. The former walk-on reached a height of 3.71 meters (12 feet, 2 inches) and fell short in her attempts at 3.81 meters.
"Carrie has had an nice career and done a lot for the team during her time at Marquette," head coach Bert Rogers said. "I was really hoping that she could make the regionals, but I guess it just wasn't in the cards."
Also in the pole vault, sophomore Lauren Darnall continued her development into Schmid's main replacement with a height of 3.56 meters (11 feet, 8 inches) to finish one spot behind the graduating senior.
"I am looking forward to see how Lauren develops as she has put a lot of good stuff together this season. She will definitely be pushing to make the regional teams in the future," Rogers said.
Junior Laurie Dalrymple was able to finish sixth in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 36:36.00.
Sophomore Kate Horan recorded the top finish in the 5,000-meter run out of three MU women with a time of 17:57.90 to finish 22nd. Horan was followed by classmate Courtney Kelly in 23rd and senior Anna Weber in 30th.
The Golden Eagles will return to action tomorrow morning at Louisville's Cardinal Twilight and at the Dr. Keeler Invitational at 3 p.m.
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