Track & Field Successful in Season Opener at Notre Dame
Dec. 4, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams kicked off the 2015-16 season with a bang, setting a school record and numerous top-10 all-time marks on the way to a successful season opener at the Blue & Gold Invitational hosted by Notre Dame on Friday.
Collectively, both the men's and women's sides registered 28 personal-bests, 12 top-10 marks, four event wins and a school record.
Brandon Bell claimed the spotlight with a record-setting mark in the 60-meter dash, racing to a third-place finish with the fastest time in school history at 6.93 seconds. It shattered his prelim time of 7.01 seconds, which had been a personal best and the third-fastest time at MU.
"A lot of good performances. It was a good indicator of where we are after the fall training season," Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said after the meet. "Brandon Bell's school record was the big highlight. Anton Rice ran the No. 2 time all-time in the 600 and there were a plethora of other marks in the top-10.
"The team is now looking forward to getting their final exams in and final training over the winter break before we resume our season in mid-January at Milwaukee."
Rice ran to a win in the 600 meters in a time of 1:19.19, which came in as the second-fastest time in MU history. Nicholas Ebert (1:22.36) and Greg Suarez (1:24.84) also set personal-best times and finished third and fourth in the race, respectively.
Marquette got the meet off to a great start by sweeping the top-three spots in the men's long jump. Cory Cegelski set a personal best with a leap of 6.80 meters (22-3.75 feet) for the win, while Djdade Denson (6.70/21-11.75) and Dwayne Dash Jr. (6.64/21-9.5) took second and third place, respectively.
William Ford set a personal best to place second in the men's pole vault with a height of 4.60 meters (15-1 feet), which was the sixth-best mark at MU all-time.
Monique Felix had quite the freshman debut as she took first place in the women's triple jump with a personal-best mark of 11.73 meters (38-5.5 feet) - No. 5 all-time at MU. The Sheboygan native also placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles, setting another personal best with a time of 9.07 seconds, which was also good for sixth all-time in MU history.
Will Wolf won the triple jump on the men's side by turning in a personal-best of 13.79 meters (45-3 feet), which entered in as the eight-best mark all-time. Alex Halloway (13.57/44-6.25) and Cegelski (13.42/44-0.5) were close behind in second and third place, respectively.
The Golden Eagles will resume the indoor season after the winter break at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Quad on Saturday, Jan. 23.
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