Grebinski and Hackett Headline Busy Weekend for Track and Field

March 25, 2010

SIU Heat Sheets/Schedule

MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams will split their squads this weekend and head to different parts of the country. While most student-athletes will head to Carbondale, Ill. for the SIU Spring Classic on Friday and Saturday, a handful of selected distance runners will make the trek to California Friday for the San Francisco State Distance Carnival and the prestigious Stanford Invitational.

"We have a few different things going on this weekend with the distance crew going out to California and the bulk of the squad competing at Southern Illinois," said head coach Bert Rogers. "It looks to be a good weekend all around. The weather in Carbondale is looking good and that should lead to fast times and good performances from the field events. The meets at Stanford and San Francisco State will feature some of the top distance talent in the country, which should lead to fast times. We are ready to continue the nice start we had to the outdoor season last weekend at USF."

The lone competitors at the Stanford Invitational will be senior Jayne Grebinski and sophomore Jack Hackett. Grebinski owns the MU record in the 5,000-meter run, set at the Stanford Invitational in 2008, but will look to better her personal-best time of 10:34.15 in the steeplechase. Grebinski's time in the steeplechase currently ranks her second in MU history in the event, behind only former all-America Brianna Dahm.

Hackett recorded the fifth-fastest time in school history in the indoor mile earlier this year, and will be running the 5,000-meter run for the first time in his life.

Grebinski and Hackett each won their respective 1,500-meter races at the USF Bulls Invitational on March 19.

In California with Grebinski and Hackett, and competing at the S.F. State Distance Carnival, will be seniors Anna Weber and Amanda Beggs, juniors Nick Szczech, Brice Cleland and Laurie Dalrymple as well as freshman Connor Callahan. All of the runners at S.F. State will be running in the 10,000-meter run.

The women's 10,000 meters at S.F. State will begin at 9 a.m. PT Friday, followed by the men's race at 9:45 a.m. PT. Grebinski and Hackett will run at Stanford at 5:35 p.m. PT and 7:40 p.m. PT, respectively.

The men's and women's hammer throw, which will take place at 3 p.m. CT, will be the only events in which MU competes on Friday at the SIU Spring Classic. Kelley Corcoran and Rachel Thiel will throw for the women, while Robert Bleem, Jeff Kluge and Eric Matuszewski will throw for the men.

On Saturday, competition for field events at SIU will commence with the women's long jump at 11 a.m. CT. On the track, things will get underway with the women's 400-meter relay at 12:30 p.m. CT. Events are scheduled to conclude at approximately 5 p.m. CT.




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