Seven Golden Eagles Earn Titles At Blue & Gold Invitational
Dec. 5, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field squads took home seven individual titles Friday evening at the Blue and Gold Invitational. In their first indoor event of the 2009-10 season, the Golden Eagles appeared in midseason form.
"Overall there were a lot of things to feel good about," head coach Bert Rogers said. "We won seven events, which is the most that we have won in a December meet since I have been at Marquette."
Picking up where she left off last season, senior Erynn James captured a title in the high jump, reaching a height of 1.73 meters. James qualified for the 2010 BIG EAST Championships in the process and just barely missed the NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
"Erynn had cleared the 1.78 (meter) bar and walked back to speak with us," Rogers said. "While she did, the bar unfortunately fell to the ground about seven seconds later. That is just the way things go sometimes."
Junior Tyler O'Brien successfully defended his title in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 21.10 seconds at the meet where he set the school record in the event in his first collegiate meet. His mark also qualified him for the BIG EAST Championships.
Thiel reached a distance of 14.12 meters, giving her a BIG EAST qualifying mark. For Thiel, it was the first time since 2007 that she recorded a distance in the shot put, after failing to in 2008 while recovering from an injury.
Schmid also returned to the form she showed in 2007 when she set the school record in the event. Her mark of 3.40 meters qualifies her for the BIG EAST Championships.
Three freshmen also earned victories in their first collegiate meet, including Kyle Winter who took top honors in the 500 meters, recording the third fastest time in school history with a freshman record of 1:04.50.
As one of six MU runners competing in the mile, freshman Jack Hackett made his presence felt immediately, capturing a victory in the event with a time of 4:12.54.
Milwaukee-native Chanel Franklin, in her first year at MU, made it a clean sweep of 200 meter titles for the Golden Eagles, crossing the finish line in a time of 25.67 seconds.