Koeck Places 14th, Hardin 18th at NCAA West First Round
May 30, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – William Koeck and Bret Hardin each improved upon their regional rankings in the men’s hammer throw but ultimately fell shy of advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 14th- and 18th-place finishes, respectively, at the West Preliminary Rounds in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
“What fine performances by Will and Bret today,” Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. “Both really competed well and improved a lot upon their rankings. The ultimate goal was to make it to the national meet and both fell short. But, the valuable experience gathered here today will set both up for even greater successes next season.”
Koeck’s distance of 61.15 meters (200 feet, 7 inches) is the second-longest of his career and was just under two feet short of qualifying for the national championship meet. He entered the finals in 13th place, but fell to 14 after an opponent passed him and he fouled on his fourth attempt. His fifth and sixth attempts were not able to overcome any other competitors.
The top-12 athletes at each of the NCAA’s two preliminary round sites (Jacksonville, Florida and Fayetteville, Arkansas) advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which will take place on June 11-14 in Eugene, Oregon. The top 16 in the hammer throw advanced to the final round at each site.
Hardin took second in the first flight on Friday with a top distance of 60.09 meters (197 feet, 1 inch) on his third and final throw. The mark ended up being three inches shy of qualifying for the final, which would have allotted Harding three more attempts.
Koeck and Hardin entered the meet ranked 29th and 39th in the NCAA West Region, respectively.
Three Golden Eagles also competed Thursday in first round action when senior Carlye Schuh put the finishing touches on an outstanding career with a 20th-place finish in the women’s long jump. Spencer Agnew placed 41 in the men’s 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:52.46 while John Krzyszkowski was 46th in the men’s javelin.
1,500-meter run (First Round)
Javelin (First Round)
Long Jump (First Round)