Golden Eagles Head to BIG EAST Indoor Championships
Feb. 15, 2013
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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams will compete this weekend at the BIG EAST Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Spire Institute on Feb. 16-17 in Geneva, Ohio.
Live results and streaming video of the meet will be available courtesy of BIGEASTTrack.com.
The meet, which is set to begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. CT, will be held at the three-year-old Spire Institute for the first time in conference history. Saturday's events are set to conclude at around 5 p.m. CT following the men's distance medley relay. Events on the final day of competition will begin Sunday at 8 a.m. CT with the men's heptathlon and wrap up with the awards ceremony at 2:15 p.m. CT.
Senior Kyle Winter, the reigning BIG EAST Indoor 800-meter run champion, will highlight the championships for the Golden Eagles. Winter placed seventh in last year's preliminary heat before coming on strong in the final for Marquette's first individual BIG EAST indoor title, which he claimed with a time of 1:52.99.
The Wales, Wis., native currently sits third in MU history in the event with a time of 1:50.36, which he recorded at this year's Meyo Invitational on Feb. 2. Winter enters the championships on a strong note after that 800 PR and a school-record breaking performance in the 600-meter run at the Grand Valley State Big Meet on Feb. 8. The senior captain sits fourth in the BIG EAST performance list this season.
Freshman Anton Rice, who also recorded a personal best at Meyo, will join Winter in the 800. Rice and Winter are also slated to run the final two legs of the men's 4x400-meter relay on Sunday afternoon.
The Marquette men enter the meet after recording a team-best ninth-place finish at last year's championships, including a program-high 33 points.
"We did pretty well individually last season at the indoor championships and we have had a couple of people step up this season," Marquette head track and field coach Bert Rogers said. "We did have a couple of key graduates, but I have seen improvement this year and the guys have competed well. We also have a strong group of young runners on the women's side, of which I have seen good things."
Following the graduation of program stalwart Tyler O'Brien, the MU record holder in the 200-meter dash, the Marquette men will have just one runner in the shorter sprints as sophomore Glenn Lawrence Jr. will compete in the 200.
Mainstays Cheldon Brown and Michael Saindon are both scheduled to compete in the high jump, an event in which both have notched personal bests of 6 feet, 9 1/2 inches (2.07 meters) during the 2012-13 indoor campaign. It will be fourth indoor championships for Brown, while Saindon, who finished fourth in the event at last year's outdoor conference meet, will compete in his third indoor championship. The duo sits tied for fifth on the BIG EAST performance list this season, but neither has finished higher than seventh at the indoor meet.
Junior Carlye Schuh, the Marquette record holder in the long jump, will make her third championship appearance indoors and will also compete in the triple jump. Schuh placed fifth in 2012 in the long jump and currently sits fourth in the conference, which should put her in contention for a spot on the podium.
In the longer distances, seniors Connor Callahan, Patrick Maag and Jack Senefeld are all slated to compete in both the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs for the MU men. Molly Hanson and Kayla Spencer will compete in the mile and 1,000-meter run, respectively, for the women's squad.
Hanson compiled BIG EAST-qualifying times in the 800, mile and 1,000 meters during her first year of competition while also placing her name in the top-10 of the Marquette record book in each event. In addition to being scheduled to compete in the mile, Hanson could also compete in the distance medley and 4x800-meter relays.
Bret Hardin and William Koeck will compete along with senior David Carbajal in the men's weight throw and should have an opportunity to notch points for the Golden Eagles. Last season, senior Jonathan Kusowski placed second in the event while recording the program-record distance of 63 feet, 1/4 inch (19.21 meters).
The Golden Eagles could also receive points from the women's pole vault. Junior Abby Croft tied for seventh in the event in 2012 and returns along with redshirt senior Lauren Darnall, who sat out the indoor campaign last year.
Marquette's Meet Entries - BIG EAST Conference Indoor Championships - Feb. 16-17
Marquette's BIG EAST Indoor Finishes