Marion, Parker Compete at NCAA West Prelims
May 24, 2018
SACRAMENTO - Marquette University seniors Maya Marion (shot put) and Jessica Parker (800 meters) were unable to advance past the NCAA West Preliminaries hosted by Sacramento State on Thursday, thus closing the book on impressive careers as Golden Eagles.
Making her first regional appearance, Marion led things off for the two Golden Eagles in action on Thursday, but not before a 30-minute delay in the shot put. She put down a safe mark on her first attempt with a distance of 14.60 meters (47-10.75 feet), but could not improve upon it following fouls on each of her final two attempts. She placed 44th in the event.
Marion ends her career as a five-time BIG EAST champion in the shot put and the first-ever three-time outdoor champ in BIG EAST history. She leaves Marquette as the current record holder in the shot put, breaking an 8-year-old record and setting the mark (15.31 meters/50-2.75 feet) that qualified her for a spot at regionals back on May 4.
Parker battled a rough and tumble start in her second-straight NCAA regional appearance on Thursday. The Neenah, Wisconsin, native placed sixth in the sixth and final heat of the 800 meters with a time of 2:10.66. Her time ranked 35th overall, falling outside the top-24 that advanced to tomorrow's NCAA quarterfinal round.
She finishes her career with seven BIG EAST podium finishes and ranks among the Marquette top-10 lists in six outdoor events with school records in the 800 meters and 4x800 relay. Additionally, she ranks among the top-10 in five indoor events, including three school records (800 meters, 4x800 relay, DMR).
Marquette features one more qualifier as Daniel Armstrong competes in the high jump on Saturday. Armstrong currently holds the 14th-best mark in the west region and is coming off an indoor nationals appearance where he earned All-America Second Team distinction in March.
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