Track and Field Travels to Madison for Wisconsin Open
Jan. 14, 2015
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams resume indoor action at the Wisconsin Open, on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Golden Eagles will square off against the host Wisconsin Badgers and Tennessee State. The women's weight throw kicks off action at 10 a.m. Central time at "The Shell", and field events will continue until 12:30 p.m. when the men's triple jump rounds out competition. The running events begin at noon with the women's mile run and are concluded with the men's 4x400-meter relay at 1:50 p.m.
Saturday's action marks the first time the entire track and field team will compete together as only the sprinters and jumpers competed last time out at the Blue and Gold Invitational at Notre Dame on Dec. 5.
William Koeck and Brett Hardin, two of the BIG EAST's premier throwers on the men's side, will make their respective indoor debuts in Madison in their final season, as well as fellow women's senior Samantha Kennedy. Kathryn Koeck, who missed all of last season due to injury will suit up for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
A pair of dual-sport athletes will compete Saturday, with men's basketball's Wally Ellenson and women's lacrosse's Molly O'Brien each making the trip to Madison. Ellenson, a two-time NCAA First Team All-American in track and field, notched a second place finish in the high jump at last season's NCAA Championships while competing for the University of Minnesota. O'Brien, who appeared in all 17 games for the Marquette women's lacrosse team last season, is slated to participate in the 60 and 200-meter dashes.
The sprinters and jumpers began Marquette's indoor campaign claiming event titles and notching personal-best marks on both the men's and women's side. Junior Anton Rice, paced the men's sprints group, claiming the 1,000-meter run title with a personal-best mark of 2:26.70. Teammate Brandon Bell also contributed a strong effort for the Golden Eagles, picking up personal bests in both the 60 and the 200-meter dashes. Freshman Alex Halloway was the star of the men's jumps group, winning the triple jump with a leap of 13.42 meters (44 feet, ½ inch).
On the women's side, freshman Cassy Goodrich impressed in her collegiate debut, placing third in the 200-meter dash and seventh in the 60. Tatyana Pashibin and Omo Tseumah, notched second-and-third place finishes in the high jump, respectively.
The Golden Eagles also began the 2014 spring semester in Madison, as they took on meet-host Wisconsin, Indiana State, Northern Illinois and BIG EAST-foe DePaul in last season's Wisconsin Elite Invitational. Then-freshman Allison Parker came up big for Marquette, etching a new freshman record and the No. 6 time in program history to capture the event title in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:54.45. Then sophomore William Hennessy won the men's mile, while Rice was victorious in the 800-meter run.
The Golden Eagles will return to Madison on Feb. 20, when they compete in the Red and White Open.
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