Three Compete on Day One at NCAA West Prelims
May 25, 2017
Junior Jessica Parker, competing in her first regional, is moving on to Friday’s quarterfinal round after securing an automatic qualification with a top-three finish in the sixth and final heat of the 800 meters. The Neenah, Wisconsin, native ran a strong race with her second-fastest time ever, and eighth-fastest overall, in 2:07.77.
“Jessica’s race was gutsy,” head coach Bert Rogers said. “There were couple runners in her heat that were really fast and she went with them and even held them off at the end with a really good kick to get the automatic time.”
Parker entered the race with the 23rd-best regional time in the event and took eighth overall. The top-three finishers in each of the six heats advanced automatically with the next six-best times also advancing to the next round. What started out as 48 qualifiers is now cut in half with the top-12 finishers in tomorrow’s quarterfinal round earning a spot at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, June 7-10.
The quarterfinals for women’s 800 meters is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Central time.
Senior Brittney Feivor put forth a gutsy performance in her own right in the 10,000 meters. The Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, native was tripped up and fell on the eighth lap, dropping from third to 40th place. She worked her way back up and turned in a solid 16th-place finish with a personal-best and the second-fastest time all-time at Marquette of 35:24.85.
“She ran her heart out,” Rogers said. “Gutsy is the only way you can describe it. With the heat, several runners had to drop out of the race. Brittney didn’t seem phased. If she doesn’t get tripped up, maybe it ends a little bit differently, but overall, she ran a great race.”
Feivor was seeded with the 31st-best time in the region entering Thursday. She improved on that by 15 spots to become Marquette’s highest-ever finisher in the event at a regional, but finished 23 seconds behind the 12th and final qualifier for a chance to go to Eugene.
Marquette’s most-decorated javelin thrower of all-time, senior John Krzyszkowski, closed out his collegiate career on Thursday. The Mississauga, Ontario, native was unable to register an official distance after fouling on all three of his attempts.
“It looked like he never really got comfortable out there,” Rogers said. “He had been throwing so well and had such an awesome year. It just wasn’t his day and, unfortunately, it was on this day.”
Krzyszkowski seemed to struggle finding a groove and was unable to put it all together despite entering competition coming off his fourth-straight BIG EAST championship, where he threw for 70.26 meters (230 feet, 6 inches). The top throw on Thursday went to Sindri Gudmundsson of Utah State with a distance of 76.18 meters (249 feet, 11 inches). The top-12 marks advanced to Eugene with Matthew Kuskey of UC Santa Barbara sneaking into the field with the 12th-farthest toss of 66.35 meters (217 feet, 8 inches).
Competing next for Marquette will be Parker, who will run in tomorrow’s 800-meter quarterfinal at 6:30 p.m. Central time, while freshman Daniel Armstrong awaits the high jump on Saturday at 6 p.m. Central time.
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