Track and Field to Compete at Illini Classic on Saturday
Jan. 17, 2013
2013 ILLINI CLASSIC
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MILWAUKEE – Fresh off of a successful tune-up at the University of Wisconsin’s Badger Track Classic following a month-long break from action, the Marquette University’s men and women’s track and field teams look to continue momentum on Saturday, Jan. 19 in Champaign, Ill., at the Illini Classic.
Events at the U of I Armory will kick off with the field events at 9 a.m. starting with the women’s weight throw. Events on the track will begin at 11 a.m. with the women’s 400-meter dash of the blue session. The highest-seeded entries in the track events will begin at 2:30 p.m., with the finals of the 60-meter hurdles in the orange session.
“We are excited to return to the Illinois for an indoor meet for the first time in a number of years,” Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. “The meet looks to be shaping up as a good one. We are looking to continue to build off of our successes last week.”
Marquette, which has not competed at the Illinois Classic since Feb. 3, 2001, will compete alongside Illinois, Lincoln (Mo.), SIU-Edwardsville, SIU-Carbondale and Western Illinois.
Redshirt sophomore Bret Hardin will be one of many Marquette athletes to keep an eye on this weekend after a breakthrough performance in his season debut in Madison. Hardin recorded a personal-best distance in the weight throw by reaching a mark of 58 feet, 5 3/4 inches (17.82 meters). Hardin will receive a challenge from University of Illinois senior Brett Ramirez, who owns a personal-best of 61 feet (18.58 meters) in the same event.
For a second straight week, senior Kyle Winter will compete in the 600-meter run with the hopes of breaking his personal best of 1:19.22, and the school record time of 1:19.21. Winter finished first with a time of 1:21.25 last week at the Badger Track Classic, but will be focused on running faster at the U of I Armory on a quicker track.
Hanson will drop down to the 800-meter run this weekend (along with a potential leg in the 4x400-meter relay), while Pashibin will continue to raise the bar in the high jump and also compete in the triple jump.
Senior Lauren Darnall will attempt to win the women’s pole vault in her third-consecutive meet to start the season. Darnall captured pole vault titles at the Blue & Gold Invitational (Dec. 7) and Badger Track Classic last weekend.
The University Illinois track and field team features two coaching staff members quite familiar with Marquette. Illini assistant coach Mike Erb spent the 2008 season as an assistant at Marquette, where he was responsible for coaching the long and triple jumpers as well as the multi-event athletes. Volunteer women’s coach Tom Sage competed as a decathlete for Marquette (2005-08), and qualified for the conference championship meet all four years.
Marquette’s Meet Entries – Illini Classic – Jan. 19