Peller Advances In 1500m At NCAA Mideast Regional
May 31, 2008
Fayetteville - Senior Cassie Peller's performance in the 1500m highlighted Marquette's opening day at the NCAA Mideast Regional Friday afternoon, hosted by the University of Arkansas.
Peller, competing in her fourth career regional championship, posted a time of 4:25.76 to finish second in her heat and her clocking was the second-fastest of any competitor on the day. The Valparaiso, Ind., native advances to the finals Saturday evening.
"We are very excited about Cassie's chances," head coach Bert Rogers said. "She competed very well today and is running really strong right now."
Also representing the Golden Eagles Friday were junior Carrie Schmid, sophomore Jayne Grebinski and freshman Tyler O'Brien. Unfortunately, none of the individuals was able to finish among the top competitors.
Schmid tied for 19th overall in the pole vault, clearing a height of 12'. Grebinski posted a time of 17:25.22 in the 5000m to claim 14th overall and O'Brien's mark of 21.40 was 24th overall in the 200m. O'Brien's time was his second-best of his debut campaign at Marquette.
"We had some performances exceed their rankings coming into the meet, which was a positive," Rogers said. "It was a good way to wrap up the season."
Along with Peller, junior Rachel Thiel (shot put) and will also be in action Saturday.