Track & Field Performances of the Week: Agnew and Hanson
March 5, 2013
Each week throughout the 2012-13 indoor and outdoor track and field seasons, a men's and women's performance will be highlighted on GoMarquette.com as the Marquette Track & Field Performances of the Week.
MILWAUKEE - This week's Marquette Track and Field Performances of the Week showcases the efforts of two athletes who competed in the mile run in the final indoor meet of the year, on Saturday, March 2 at the Alex Wilson Invitational. Both junior Spencer Agnew and freshman Molly Hanson were pushed by elite competition in their respective races, which led to breakthrough personal-records for both runners.
With a time of 4:48.79, Hanson set the Marquette women's indoor freshman record in the mile. Her effort also registers as the No. 3 indoor women's mark in program history. In a highly competitive field, Hanson finished 10th in the event, but was a mere two seconds away from claiming a place in the top six."I thought that Saturday's race was very successful," Hanson said. "I looked at it as a last chance to break 2:50 and I did, so I was excited about doing so. I was also excited to break the freshman record with (previous freshman record holder) Cassie (Peller) Nelson there for support. She was a really successful runner so I think it was a big accomplishment to have gotten that record."
Going into the mile at Alex Wilson, Spencer Agnew had a goal of running a time under 4:10. While he came up just short, Agnew was able to notch a personal best of 4:10.39, which was also good for the No. 11 mark in MU men's indoor history. The Fort Atkinson, Wis., native is hoping this race, combined with continued good health will propel his success into the upcoming outdoor season.