Golden Eagles Conclude Action at NCAA West Prelims
May 27, 2016
LAWRENCE, Kan. – It was an action-packed day at the NCAA West Prelims on Friday as storms pushed Thursday’s events back and allowed for all four of Marquette’s representatives to compete on the same day. Unfortunately, it would be the final day of competition for Marquette student-athletes as none were able to advance to nationals.
"Overall, we were disappointed we didn’t get anyone through, but it really was a historic year for track and field at Marquette and a lot of great things happened, so we’re definitely holding our heads high," Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said.
He improved his position by 10 spots from when he entered the competition with the 46th-best mark in the region, but it wasn’t enough to grab one of the top-12 marks needed to advance to nationals.
Another rescheduled event was the women’s 400-meter dash and that meant a change of plans for sophomore Cassy Goodrich as well. What started with 48 competitors and scheduled for two rounds that advanced the top-24 runners to a subsequent quarterfinal round, was cut to a single-round quarterfinal that advanced the winner of each of the six heats and the next six-fastest times to nationals.
Goodrich was given the always challenging ninth lane in the third heat and ran to a respectable time of 54.71 seconds to take 21st-place overall – 16 spots ahead of where she finished at the meet a season ago.
Senior Wally Ellenson was looking to get back to nationals for the fourth time in his career, but would come up short after missing on all three attempts at 2.16 meters (7 feet, 1 inch). It was the mark that ended up advancing 11 of the top-12 competitors to nationals. His last successful height of 2.12 meters (6 feet, 11.5 inches) was good for 17th-place overall.
Ellenson’s career ends in disappointment, but not without its many successes as he was a four-time All-American, including a three-time honoree during outdoor competition - highlighted by a runner-up finish in 2013 and a fifth-place national finish a year ago.
Finally, junior John Krzyszkowski waited out a rain delay on Friday before making his best throw of the day on his first attempt. His mark of 66.14 meters (217 feet) was good for 15th-place overall, putting him 6 feet, 11 inches shy of tying the 12th and final national qualifier. The Mississauga, Ontario native improved on his 2015 performance by 2 feet and three places.
The Golden Eagles conclude their season, which was by all accounts an unquestionable success and showed great promise for the future of the program following a sweep of both the men’s and women’s BIG EAST outdoor titles that proceeded a women’s indoor title and men’s runner-up finish.
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