Track & Field Performances of the Week: Pachuta and Saindon

Michael Saindon notched the fourth-best indoor high jump mark in MU history.

Jan. 22, 2013

Each week throughout the 2012-13 indoor and outdoor track and field seasons, a men's and women's performance will be highlighted on as the Marquette Track & Field Performances of the Week.

MILWAUKEE - This week's Marquette Track and Field Performances of the Week highlight standout accomplishments by juniors Michael Saindon and Rebecca Pachuta from action at the Illini Classic in Champaign, Ill., on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Saindon, in his latest ascent into the Marquette record books, finished second in the men's high jump with a height of 6 feet, 9 1/2 inches (2.07 meters), good for No. 4 all-time in MU history. In just three meets this season, Saindon has already topped his previous personal best in the high jump twice.

"Mike has been on the verge of a breakout performance for some time," Marquette assistant coach Nick Davis said. "I could tell that it was Mike's day on Saturday. During the competition, he was able to make the correct adjustments in his approach, resulting in great attempts at high bars. In addition, I was very happy with the way he stepped up to the competition. He and Jamario Taylor (from Western Illinois) really put on a show and it was a lot of fun to watch. By jumping this height, Mike has really positioned himself well within the conference standings and his confidence level is riding high. I was very happy for him."

Pachuta also enjoyed a breakout performance, as she saw her 3,000-meter run time improve 15 seconds to a new personal-best of 10:29.91. Pachuta was able to do this despite having to run by herself in second place for much of the race.

"Rebecca has done a great job with her training for the past year," Marquette assistant track and field coach Mike Nelson said. "Her hard work has paid off with a solid cross country season and now she is setting personal bests on the track. She has done only one 3,000 before Saturday's race at Illinois and I look for her to continue dropping her times in each event from the 800 through the 5,000."


Saindon, currently pursuing a degree in biomedical sciences, hails from Wasau, Wis. The Eagan, Minn.-born Pachuta is studying biomedical engineering. 


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