Track & Field Set to Compete at BIG EAST Championships
Feb. 25, 2015
2015 BIG EAST Conference Indoor Championships
The Armory | New York City
Saturday, Feb. 28 - Sunday, March 1
BIG EAST Championships Central | TFRRS BIG EAST Indoor Performance List
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams' 2015 indoor season culminates this Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 1 at the BIG EAST Conference Indoor Championships, which will take place at The Armory in New York City.
A total of 58 athletes will make the trip this weekend to compete for both individual and an overall team titles. Events begin Saturday at 3:50 p.m. Central time with a variety of women's pentathlon and men's heptathlon events. Marquette's weight throwers, pole vaulters, and long jumpers will also take the stage to kick things off with both the trials and final heats of their individual events.
The track will feature trials for all sprinting and distance events, beginning with the women's mile run. After the men's 200-meter trial concludes, the finals for the 5,000-meter run and distance medley relays will be held for both men and women.
Sunday's events will determine the BIG EAST indoor champion with final track events beginning in the morning and concluding with the men's 4x400-meter relay. The high jump, triple jump and shot put events are set to begin at 10 a.m. CT.
Teammate Anna Strong currently holds the second-fastest mark in the BIG EAST this season and No. 3 mark in Marquette history in the 400 with a time of 56.34. Both Goodrich and Strong teamed up in the 4x400-meter relay at the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 7) along with Terica Harris and Arra Strong to take home third place. Their time of 3:48.7 seconds is the No. 2 mark in the BIG EAST this year. All four women are being considered in the relay pool.
At last year's championships, the men's 4x400-meter relay team took home third with a time of 3:26.67. At this year's Meyo Invitational, the team of Nick Ebert, Glenn Lawrence Jr., Alec Miller and Anton Rice finished third, running a time of 3:19.93, which stands as the third-fastest in the BIG EAST this season. Each sprinter except Miller is included in the 4x400 pool, along with Carson Meinholz, Alex Halloway and Joshua Word.
In the men's 60-meter hurdles, Marcell KirkmanBey and Joel Swanberg will again go head-to-head. At the Parkside Invitational (Feb. 7), the two finished second and third, respectively. Last weekend, KirkmanBey matched his personal-best time after crossing the finish line in 8.50 seconds.
Kellie Greenwood is looking to compete for a title after turning in her most successful campaign this winter. Greenwood took home top honors in the mile race at the John Tierney Triangular (Jan. 23) and the GVSU Big Meet (Feb. 13). At GVSU, she ran the fourth-fastest time in Marquette history, clocking in at 4:48.93.
Brittney Feivor has also turned in her best indoor season. At the Meyo Invitational, she clocked a 16:55 in the 5,000-meter run, good for a seventh-place finish and the No. 4 all-time mark at MU. She will be competing in both the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs this weekend.
The high jump will not be the only marquee field event, however, as senior William Koeck will compete in the weight throw to defend his 2014 BIG EAST indoor title. Last year, he topped all competitors with a toss 69 feet, 8.25 inches (21.24 meters) en route to being named BIG EAST Most Outstanding Men's Field Performer and earned a spot in the NCAA Indoor Championships.
On the women's side, after missing both the indoor and outdoor seasons due to injury last year, Kathryn Koeck will also vie for a weight throw crown after moving into the No. 2 spot in the BIG EAST following a throw of 59 feet, 5.5 inches (18.12 meters) at the Wisconsin Red and White Open last week.
Tatyana Pashbin will not defend her 2014 pentathlon crown, but will compete for a title in all three jumps. At the Jack Johnson Invitational (Jan. 31), she earned a new personal best in the triple jump (37 feet, 0.25 inches/11.28 meters) and she won the long jump at the Panther Tune-Up with personal-best leap of 17 feet, 8 inches (5.38 meters).
Marquette's BIG EAST Entries
Bridget Bodee - High Jump
Brandon Bell - 60m, 200m
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