Tedeschi Claims BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week Honors

Jan. 24, 2017

Official BIG EAST Release

NEW YORK – Marquette University junior pole vaulter Gemma Tedeschi has been named BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week after setting a new school record over the weekend, the league office announced on Tuesday.

Tedeschi set the all-time record at Marquette with a mark of 3.92 meters (12 feet, 10.25 inches) to win the pole vault at Saturday’s John Tierney Classic hosted by UW-Milwaukee. The Palmer Lake, Colorado, native not only surged to the top spot all-time at MU, but also the top mark in the conference so far this season.

In fact, the gap between her and the next closest competitor in the BIG EAST is more than a foot-and-a-half (Adeline Scelzi, Villanova – 11 feet, 3.75 inches). Tedeschi also ranks among the nation’s top-50 following her performance.

Also earning notable recognition by the league were Cassy Goodrich and William Ford. Goodrich set a Marquette school record in the 300 meters with a time of 39.48 seconds. She took home the win in that event as well as the 60-meter dash and ran the anchor leg in the 4x400-meter relay, which placed second. Ford won the pole vault on Saturday, jumping a BIG EAST-best 4.51 meters (14 feet, 9.5 inches) in his season debut.

Tedeschi’s weekly award gives Marquette its second-straight and two-of-three female field athletes of the week awards, joining previous winner, Terica Harris (Dec. 13).

The Golden Eagles are back in action this Friday-Saturday, Jan. 27-28, taking part in the Jack Johnson Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota.

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