High Jumpers Lead Golden Eagles at Blue & Gold Invitational
Dec. 7, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – High jumpers Cheldon Brown and Sarah MacCourtney claimed event titles for the Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field teams Friday afternoon as they kicked off the 2012-13 indoor season at Notre Dame’s Blue & Gold Invitational at the Loftus Sports Center in Notre Dame, Ind.
“We had a good meet overall with a lot of good highlights, including a few event wins this year,” Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. “We came to compete with a more limited group of primarily sprinters and jumpers with a handful of distance runners.”
Overall the Golden Eagles recorded four event victories, 10 BIG EAST Indoor Championships-qualifying marks and 25 collegiate bests. Four student-athletes also posted results moving them up the program’s all-time top-10 list in their respective events.
“I am very happy with how our high jumpers performed this afternoon,” Rogers said. “They all jumped well today with Cheldon and Mike (Saindon) going 1-2 in the men’s event and Sarah winning in a jump off with a nice PR.”
Brown notched a personal-best height of 2.06 meters (6 feet, 9 inches) to take the high jump crown over Saindon, who tied his PR with a height of 2.01 meters in second place. Freshman Max Kilpin also competed and placed fourth with a mark of 1.91 meters.
MacCourtney captured the women’s high jump over Notre Dame’s Kendra Jennings following a jump-off in which she leapt a height of 1.69 meters (5-06.50), a personal best and the No. 5 mark in program history.
The Golden Eagles also received an event title from redshirt senior Lauren Darnall in the pole vault. Darnall reached a distance of 3.70 meters (12-01.50) on her first attempt to reclaim the event in which she broke the Marquette indoor record in at the same meet in 2010-11.
Freshman John Kaplan turned in a solid performance in his first collegiate meet, collecting a BIG EAST mark and a second-place finish in the pole vault with a height of 4.50 meters, which he cleared on his first attempt.
“We had a lot of really nice performances from a couple freshmen like John Kaplan taking second in the pole vault and qualifying for the BIG EAST,” Rogers said.
Sophomore Glenn Lawrence saw his season get off to a good start with a second-place finish in the 200-meter run (22.58 – No. 8 in MU history) and ran well to lead off the men’s 4x400-meter relay. Lawrence lost the 200 by just two-hundredths of a second to Charles Anthony of Detroit Mercy.
“Glenn Lawrence had a really nice meet,” Rogers said. “He just got edged out and almost ran the guy down in the 200. He led off the men’s 4x400 and was on the heels of Chris Geisting from Notre Dame, who has run 46 and change, and Glenn was right with him. It was an excellent day for him.”
Marquette also received some positive performances from its men’s distance runners as Spencer Agnew won the 3,000-meter run and senior Patrick Maag claimed a big personal bests and the No. 5 mark in program history with a time of 14:35.91 in the 5,000.
Golden Eagles will have more than a month off from competition before travelling to Madison, Wis., on Saturday, Jan. 12 for the Badger Track Classic.