Koeck at NCAA Indoors and MU Begins Outdoor Season at USF
March 12, 2014
MILWAUKEE – Marquette University junior William Koeck will compete in the men’s weight throw at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 14 in Albuquerque, N.M. The rest of the MU track and field squad is scheduled to begin the outdoor season on Thursday, March 13 and Friday, March 14 at the USF Open in Tampa, Fla.
“We are looking forward to getting to Albuquerque where Will can practice at the facility on Wednesday and Thursday,” said Marquette head coach Bert Rogers, who along with associate head coach Michael Koenning, will accompany Koeck this weekend. “Competing at the highest level is what we have been working toward and it doesn’t get much better than the NCAA Indoor Championships.”
Koeck heads to New Mexico as the 2014 BIG EAST Conference champion in the weight throw with a program-record toss of 21.24 meters (69 feet, 8.25 inches). He has four meet victories in the weight throw this indoor season and is No. 11 among all NCAA Division I weight throwers.
The Winneconne, Wis., native is the first Marquette student-athlete to compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships since Michaela Courtney did so in the women’s mile in 2006. He is also the first member of the men’s squad to participate at the meet since Dan Fax earned All-American honors in the shot put in 1997.
Koeck and the rest of the men’s weight throwers will begin competition at 5 p.m. Central time on Friday, March 14 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
ESPN3 will stream the NCAA Indoor Championships live on March 14 starting at 6:55 p.m. CT. A tape delay of the championships will air Saturday, March 22 starting at 5:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
The rest of the Golden Eagles are slated to begin the outdoor season at USF Track and Field Stadium on Thursday afternoon in Tampa. Events begin with the heptathlon at 11 a.m. Central time on Thursday, while the men’s and women’s hammer throws and women’s javelin will also be competed, beginning at 4 p.m. CT.
Events resume at 8 a.m. CT Friday with the men’s javelin, in which Marquette freshman John Krzyszkowski will make his much anticipated NCAA debut in the event.
“We are primarily focusing on the field events and the sprints this week and the goal for the spring break trip is to take advantage of the weather and get some good training in,” Rogers said of the meet at USF. “We always get some solid, early season marks at the USF meet, and I would expect more of the same this year.”
Following this weekend’s competition, the Golden Eagles will not resume the outdoor season until March 28-29 at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational in Cincinnati.