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

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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.

Freshman Cassy Goodrich is gearing up for her first BIG EAST Championship after having a successful indoor campaign. Goodrich will be competing in both the 200-meter and 400-meter events. At the Wisconsin Open back on Jan. 17, Goodrich set the No. 2 mark in program history (56.48 seconds) and then bested it two weeks later with a time of 55.18 to set the season standard in the BIG EAST this year.

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.

Freshmen twins Aric and Alec Miller have had strong starts to their Marquette careers during the 2014-15 indoor season. At the Jack Johnson Invitational (Jan. 31), Alec finished the 800-meter run with the 10th-best mark in program history (1:52.50), while Aric finished fifth (1:56.24). On Feb. 13, at the GVSU Big Meet, Alec set a new freshman record in the 800 with a time of 1:51.48, a mark that ranks seventh-best in MU history.

Both are being considered in the 4x800-meter pool along with David Sajdak and Ryan Shields.

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.

Sunday's highlights include junior Wally Ellenson competing in his first BIG EAST high jump competition. Ellenson has won all three events he has jumped in this season and will be gunning for a fourth-consecutive title. The Rice Lake, Wisconsin native is currently tied for the nation's highest mark with a height of 7 feet, 5.75 inches (2.28 meters), which he set at the Wisconsin Open (Jan. 17). Ellenson won his second and third event titles with jumps of 7 feet, 0.50 inches (2.15 meters) and 7 feet, 3 inches (2.21 meters), respectively.

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).

The Golden Eagles hope to be in position to rival conference-favorite and defending men's and women's champion Villanova come the end of competition Sunday. 

Marquette's BIG EAST Entries


Bridget Bodee - High Jump
Meghan Carroll - 1000m, DMR pool, 4x800 pool
Nicole Ethier - 500m, DMR pool, 4x800 pool
Brittney Feivor - 3000m, 5000m
Cassy Goodrich - 200m, 400m, 4x400 pool
Kellie Greenwood - Mile, 3000m
Terica Harris - 60m, Long Jump, Triple Jump, 4x400 pool
Nicole Jaffke - Pole Vault
Taylor Keating - 60 Hurdles, High Jump, Pentathlon
Samantha Kennedy - Weight Throw
Kathryn Koeck - Shot Put, Weight Throw
Maya Marion - Shot Put, Weight Throw
Krista McClure - DMR 800m Leg, 4x800 pool
Elisia Meyle - 3000m, 5000m
Jennifer Parker - 800m, DMR pool, 4x800 pool
Jessica Parker - Mile, DMR pool, 4x800 pool
Tatyana Pashibin - High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump
Anna Strong - 200m, 400m, 4x400 pool
Arra Strong - 400m, DMR pool, 4x400 pool
Gemma Tedeschi - Pole Vault
Katie Tolan - 500m, DMR pool, 4x400 pool
Omo Tseumah - High Jump
Kenzie Vicker - Mile, DMR Pool
Erica Wanie - 60 Hurdles, Pentathlon 


Brandon Bell - 60m, 200m
Jack Carpenter - 5000m
Michael Corr - 500m, relay alt.
Dwayne Dash - Long Jump, Triple jump
Djdade Denson - Long Jump, Triple Jump
Nick Ebert - 400m, 4x400 pool
Will Eggers - Heptathlon
Wally Ellenson - High Jump
William Ford - Pole Vault
Nate Gomoll - Mile, 3000m
Cody Haberkorn - 3000m
Alex Halloway - Triple Jump, DMR 400, 4x400 pool
Bret Hardin - Shot Put, Weight Throw
William Hennessy - 800m, 3000m
John Kaplan - Pole Vault
Max Kilpin - High Jump
Marcell KirkmanBey - 60 Hurdles
William Koeck - Shot Put, Weight Throw
John Krzyszkowski - Shot Put
Glenn Lawrence Jr. - 60m, 200m, 4x400 pool
Blake Lawson - 5000m
Vinny Martello - Pole Vault
Joel McBride - Shot Put, Weight Throw
Carson Meinholz - 60m, 200m, 4x400 pool
Alec Miller - 1000m, 4x800 pool
Aric Miller - 1000m, 4x800 pool
Anton Rice - 500m, 4x400 pool
David Sajdak - DMR 800m leg, 4x800 pool
Ryan Shields - DMR 1200m leg, 4x800 pool
Jordan Smith - Heptathlon
Joel Swanberg - 60 Hurdles, Pole Vault, Heptathlon
Daniel Sweeney - 60 Hurdles
Brett Tobin - Triple Jump, Heptathlon
Joshua Word - 60m, 200m, 4x400 pool 

Marquette's BIG EAST Indoor Finishes

2014: 3rd (114 points)
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)

2014: 4th (121 points)
2013: 11th (22 points)
2012: 9th (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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