Track and Field Looks for Hardware at BIG EAST Indoors

Senior Michael Saindon (pictured) and freshman Omaru Abdulahi sit atop the BIG EAST performance list in the men's high jump.

Feb. 20, 2014

2014 BIG EAST Conference Indoor Championships
New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory | New York 
Friday, Feb. 21-Saturday, Feb. 22
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TFRRS BIG EAST Indoor Performance List

Rogers, W. Koeck, Schuh and Tseumah

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field squads head into this weekend's BIG EAST Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in New York City with increased expectations that come with having eight event leaders on the league's 2013-14 indoor performance lists.

The Golden Eagles are aiming for their highest team finishes as members of the conference, which they joined prior to the 2005-06 campaign. The MU men have never placed higher than ninth during the indoor conference meet, while the women's best finish is 11th.

The meet, which will be competed at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the New York Armory for the fifth time in six years, will run from Friday, Feb. 21 through its conclusion late on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Events begin Friday at 7 a.m. Central time (8 a.m. local) with the women's pentathlon, while events on the track and in the field commence 9 a.m. CT. Friday's final event is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT with the women's distance medley relay. The meet will resume Saturday at 3:25 p.m. CT and is slated to wrap up with the awards ceremony at 7:50 p.m. CT.

Senior Carlye Schuh is the lone MU student-athlete to have earned All-BIG EAST honors last season when she placed second in the long jump at the outdoor championships. Schuh will look for her first conference title as the league's leading long and triple jumper this season. She leads her next closest competitor in the BIG EAST by over a foot in the long jump with a Marquette record of 6.06 meters (19 feet, 10.75 inches), which she set on Dec. 6 at the first meet of the year.

Schuh's triple jump mark is five inches ahead of second place on the league's performance list and the senior captain sits fifth entering the meet in the women's 60-meter dash.

In addition to Schuh's high conference marks, two other MU women sit atop their respective events. Senior Kristen Gaffey leads the way in the women's shot put and freshman Omo Tseumah has burst onto the scene in the women's high jump and tops the league by over an inch thus far this indoor season.

Tseumah is also joined by classmate Bridget Bodee and sophomore Tatyana Pashibin in the high jump, both of whom are among the top four individuals in the event. A point scorer at last year's meet with a fourth-place finish, Pashibin has made a transition into a multi-event athlete with the new configuration of the conference. She is one of only three BIG EAST athletes to have competed in the pentathlon this season but tops the list amongst the trio.

The weight throw leads the way for the Marquette men with the top two individuals in the league. Junior William Koeck and redshirt junior Bret Hardin combined to win three of the five BIG EAST Men's Field Athlete of the Week honors given out during the indoor season and sit first and fourth, respectively, in MU history in the event.

Koeck set Marquette's program standard of 20.11 meters (65 feet, 11.75 inches) on Jan. 31 at the Jack Jennett Invitational at UNI and looks to improve on his eighth-place finish at the conference meet from last season. Hardin placed fourth at last year's indoor meet, ahead of Koeck, and the duo will compete Friday at noon CT.

Freshman Omaru Abdulahi leads the way in the men's high jump in the BIG EAST at a height of 2.10 meters (6 feet, 10.75 inches), while senior Michael Saindon sits second in the event at 2.05 meters (6 feet, 8.75 meters). Saindon was fourth at the 2013 indoor championships and both are looking to become the first all-conference men's high jumpers at MU since Raymond Bratchett in 2007.

The Golden Eagles have had a total of four men earn indoor All-BIG EAST accolades (top-three finish) and six women, including a pair of 4x800-meter relay squads.

Former sprinter Kyle Winter claimed the indoor men's 800-meter run championship to claim MU's lone indoor BIG EAST title.

Marquette's BIG EAST entries-


Sarah Ball - 1,000m, relay alternate
Bridget Bodee - High Jump
Abby Croft - Pole Vault
Nicole Ethier - 800m, 4x800m Relay
Brittney Feivor - 3,000m, 5,000m
Kristen Gaffey - Shot Put, Weight Throw
Kellie Greenwood - DMR (1200m leg), 3,000m
Kate Hein - 500m, 4x400m Relay
Gretchen Homan - 400m, 4x400m Relay
Nicole Jaffke - Pole Vault
Katie Kemmerer - 400m, 4x400m Relay
Samantha Kennedy - Weight Throw
Grace Magliola - 800m, relay alternate
Krista McClure - DMR (800 leg), 4x800m Relay
Elisia Meyle - 3,000m, 5,000m
Rebecca Pachuta - DMR (1600 leg), 3,000m
Alison Parker - 800m, 4x800m Relay
Tatyana Pashibin - Pentathlon, High Jump
Carlye Schuh - 60m, Long Jump, Triple Jump
Kayla Spencer - 1000m, 4x800m Relay
Anna Strong - 400m, 4x400m Relay
Arra Strong - 60m, 200m, relay alternate
Katie Tolan - 500m, relay alternate
Omo Tseumah - High Jump
Kirsten Walker - Shot Put


Oumaru Abdulahi - High Jump, Long Jump
Spencer Agnew - Mile, 3,000m
Brandon Bell - 60m, 200m, 4x400m Relay
Michael Corr - 500m, 4x800 pool
Dwayne Dash Jr. - Long Jump, Triple Jump
Brendan Franz - 800m, 4x800 pool
Nate Gomoll - Mile, 3,000m
Cody Haberkorn - 3,000m, 5,000m
Bret Hardin - Shot Put, Weight Throw
William Hennessy - 3,000m, DMR (1600m leg)
John Kaplan - Pole Vault
Max Kilpin - High Jump
William Koeck - Shot Put, Weight Throw
John Krzyszkowski - Shot Put
Glenn Lawrence Jr. - 60m, 200m, 4x400m Relay
Vinny Martello - Pole Vault
Joel McBride - Weight Throw
Carson Meinholz - 400m, DMR (400m leg)
Anton Rice - 500m, 4x400m Relay
Michael Saindon - High Jump, Long Jump
David Sajdak - 1,000m, 4x800 pool
Ryan Shields - DMR (800m leg), 4x800 pool
Jordan Smith - Long Jump
Patrick Stuart - Shot Put, Weight Throw
Joel Swanberg - 60 Hurdles, Pole Vault, Hept.
Brett Tobin - Triple Jump
Christian Zambrano - DMR (1200m leg), 4x800 pool

Marquette's BIG EAST Indoor Finishes

2013: 13th (14 points)
2012: 15th (6 points)
2011: 14th (5.5 points)
2010: 15th (9.5 points)
2009: 15th (9 points)
2008: 12th (28 points)
2007: 11th (34 points)
2006: 12th (34 points)

2013: 11th (22 points)
2012: Ninth (33 points)
2011: 12th (15.5 points)
2010: 12th (4.5 points)
2009: 13th (11 points)
2008: 11th (13 points)
2007: 11th (28 points)
2006: 11th (28 points)




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