Marquette Record Within reach for Men's Distance Medley Relay

March 3, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams will use the final weekend of indoor competition to chase school records and post qualifying marks for the 2011 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The squad will split, with seven student-athletes competing at the Alex Wilson Invitiational in Notre Dame, Ind., and five team members traveling to the Wisconsin NCAA Qualifier in Madison, Wis.

The men's distance medley relay highlights the Alex Wilson Invitational at the Loftus Sports Center. Senior Peter Bolgert (1,200-meter leg), junior Blake Johnson (1,600) and sophomores Evan Ross (800) and Kyle Winter (400) will look for the school record in the DMR in the middle of a talented field.

Bolgert, Ross and Winter along with junior Billy Schlottke ran the second-fastest time (9:53.67) in the DMR in school history at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships on Feb. 19. That relay team finished three seconds behind the school record (9:50.64) set in 1981 and the hope is that the addition of Winter, whose personal-best 400 time is three seconds better than Schlottke's, will help the squad shave time and set a new school record.

Nick Szczech and Spencer Agnew will both compete in the 3,000-meter run at Notre Dame. Szczech ran a personal-record 8:18.37 at the Bill Bergan Invitational on Jan. 29, the third-best time in program history. Agnew, who holds the freshman record in the 3,000 meters, looks to best his personal record of 8:27.09 set in 2010.



Jack Hackett will compete against a deep field in the mile at the Alex Wilson Invitational. The junior boasts the fifth-best time in school history in the mile, running 4:08.97 last season. His best race this season came with a fifth-place finish BIG EAST Championships, recording a time of 4:10.56.

Action in South Bend, Ind., will begin on Friday, March 4 with the men's distance medley relay at 7 p.m. CT. The men's 3,000 and mile run is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. CT and 12:40 p.m. CT, respectively, on Saturday, March 5.

Of the five student-athletes traveling to Madison three will compete in the discus to prepare for the spring season - Kristen Gaffey, Kathryn Koeck and Rob Bleem.

Lauren Darnall aims to become the only female in school history to eclipse the four-meter mark in the pole vault. The junior set the school record in the pole vault on Dec. 3, 2010 at the Blue and Gold Invitational with a height of 12 feet, 8 3/4 inches (3.88 meters).

Gaffey, who holds the seventh-best MU mark in the shot put with a distance of 46-5.25 at the Badger Track Classic, will look to improve her personal record. Freshman Kirsten Walker will also compete in the shot put in Madison, aiming to best her personal record of 36-7.75 (11.17 meters) recorded earlier this year at the UW-Parkside Classic.

All field events are scheduled for the late afternoon and evening on Friday, March 4. The women's pole vault is slotted for 4:30 p.m. and the discus throw will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the women competing first followed by the men's field.

Alex Wilson Invitational

Event Student-Athlete Personal Record (MU Rank)/Season Best
Mile (men)

Jack Hackett

4:08.97 (No. 5 all-time)/4:10.56

3,000-meter run (men)

Nick Szczech
Spencer Agnew

8:18.37 (No. 3 all-time)
8:27.09 (No. 7 all-time)/8:32.95 

Distance Medley Relay (men) Peter Bolgert (1,200)
Kyle Winter (400)
Evan Ross (800)
Blake Johnson (1,600) 

UW NCAA Qualifier

Event Student-Athlete Personal Record (MU Rank)/Season Best
Pole Vault (women)
Lauren Darnall 12 feet, 8 3/4 inches (3.88 m) (No. 1 all-time)

Shot Put (women)

Kristen Gaffey
Kirsten Walker
46-05.25 (14.15 m) (No. 7 all-time)
36-07.75 (11.17 m) 
Discus Throw (women)

Kristen Gaffey
Kathryn Koeck

Discus Throw (men)  Robert Bleem 161 feet, 3 inches (49.15) (Outdoor)


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