Goodrich's School Record Highlights Indoor Opener
Dec. 2, 2016
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field teams got off to a rousing start at the Blue & Gold Invitational hosted by Notre Dame on Friday night, highlighted by junior Cassy Goodrich’s winning and school record time of 1:33.01 in the 600 meters.
Goodrich’s top mark in the 600 meters won the event, besting teammate Amy Gasperlin (1:38.20) while surpassing Nicole Ethier’s top time set during her senior season when she ran 1:33.22 at the GVSU Big Meet back on Feb. 12, 2016. The record is Goodrich’s third indoor top mark of her career, adding it to her top times in the 200 and 400 meters as well.
“We had some good performances,” Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. “It was a typical December meet, a lot of good stuff and then some stuff we’ll need to work on, but we’ll definitely be able to build on this.”
The Franksville, Wisconsin native also ran the anchor leg on the winning 4x400-meter relay team that clocked in at 3:50.67. Arra Strong, Monique Felix and Anna Strong secured the first three legs before Goodrich brought it home.
Felix also won in her season debut in the triple jump as she leapt 11.79 meters to best Taylor Craft (11.52 meters) of Notre Dame. In addition, her time of 8.93 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles was good enough to move up one spot on the list to No. 5 all-time at MU.
Registering a win on the men’s side was Dwayne Dash Jr., who finished just ahead of teammate Djdade Denson as the pair went 1-2 in the long jump. Dash’s jump of 7.29 meters outlasted Denson’s mark of 7.08 meters.
However, Denson would leave his mark before the night was done as he left the competition behind with a monster jump of 14.14 meters to win the triple jump. The jump propelled him to the No. 6 mark all-time at MU.
Other notable performances:
In the long jump, Terica Harris fell just outside Marquette’s top-10 with distance of 5.48 meters to take third place. In the weight throw, Ashley Gaffey (15.65 meters), Monica Voudrie (15.43 meters) and Keely Knobbe (14.55 meters) all had solid outings in the indoor opener, taking third, fourth and fifth place, respectively.
For the men, in his Marquette debut, freshman Daniel Armstrong took second place in the high jump with a height of 2.09 meters. Mattew Birzer of Notre Dame edged him out for the win with a leap of 2.15 meters.
Also making his MU debut was freshman Sam Sagan, who placed fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.52 seconds – good for No. 9 on the all-time list at MU. Joshua Word (22.69 seconds) and Jay Whalen (22.78 seconds) were close behind in sixth and eighth place, respectively.
Greg Suarez was less than a half-second from breaking into the top-10 on the all-time list in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:22.00. His time was just 2.5 seconds off the pace set by Jarvis Hill of DePaul.
In the 60-meter hurdles, Mathew Peter fell just short of his personal-best as he clocked a time of 8.61 seconds to place runner-up and Chris Van Saders was close behind, taking fourth place with a time of 8.92 seconds.
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