Men & Women Crowned BIG EAST Track & Field Champions

May 14, 2016

Complete Results: Men (PDF) Get Acrobat Reader | Women (PDF) Get Acrobat Reader

GENEVA, Ohio – History was made at the SPIRE Institute on Saturday as the Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field teams were both crowned champions of the 2016 BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the first time.

The women’s team completed the double following an indoor team title in February with their first outdoor championship, while the men claim their first-ever BIG EAST title of any kind.

"It was an amazing weekend. So impressed with both teams and how they came to compete," head coach Bert Rogers. "We've been building towards this all year. We had a few people banged up, but they laid it out on the line.

"The guys were dominant today," Rogers added. "They were upset after getting second at indoors and were really motivated. The women's side was a fight to the end just like indoors. Couldn't be more proud with how we handled ourselves and how we competed."

The two sides combined for 10 event titles, including six for the men: 4x100-meter relay (Joshua Word, Karl Tatum, Connor Boos, Brandon Bell), high jump (Wally Ellenson), pole vault (William Ford), long jump (Dwayne Dash, Jr.), javelin (John Krzyszkowski) and decathlon (William Eggers).

The women claimed four individual titles in the high jump (Omo Tseumah), pole vault (Nicole Jaffke), shot put (Maya Marion) and heptathlon (Monique Felix).

"We try to have a full team and that’s having a few stars and several role players," Rogers said. "Having that many individual titles, the stars were ready to shine today. Our coaches have done an incredible job recruiting some great kids and the student-athletes are buying into what we’re tyring to do. It's a great day for Marquette track and field."

The men won with 246 points, extending their 44-point lead after day one en route to outscoring previous two-time defending champion Villanova by 67 points.

The women were able to overcome an 11-point deficit after day one to beat Villanova 196-179. St. John’s was close behind with 176 points as it was a tight three-team race the whole way.

Women’s Most Outstanding Track Performer – Pariis Garcia, St. John’s, Grad Student, Sprints/Middle Distance^
Women’s Most Outstanding Field Performer – Monique Felix, Marquette, Fr., Multis^
Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year – Marquette (Head Coach Bert Rogers)^

Final Team Standings
1) Marquette 196
2) Villanova 179
3) St. John's 176
4) DePaul 104
5) Georgetown 82
6) Providence 48
7) Butler 41
8) Xavier 27

Men’s Most Outstanding Track Performer
Sterling Pierce, Villanova, Fr., Sprints^
Men’s Most Outstanding Field Performer – Trevor Kintytt, DePaul, Jr., Throws^
Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year – Marquette (Head Coach Bert Rogers)^

Final Team Standings

1) Marquette 246
2) Villanova 179
3) DePaul 163
4) Georgetown 95
5) Butler 64
6) Xavier (Ohio) 52
7) Providence 48




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