Oliver Nikoloff Invitational to Host Golden Eagles
March 28, 2012
Oliver Nikoloff Invitational
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams resume outdoor action Friday, March 30 at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational in Cincinnati Ohio.
Gettler Stadium will serve as the site of competition for the scored meet, which will include 11 universities in addition to Marquette and host Cincinnati. Action for MU will begin Friday at 2 p.m. Central time with the women's javelin at Coy Field, and will conclude following the women's 10,000-meter run at 7:45 p.m. CT.
Saturday's competition will begin with the women's hammer throw at 8 a.m. CT and finish with the men's 4x400-meter relay at 4:28 p.m. CT.
Marquette picked up six event victories at last season's invitational, led by sprinter Tyler O'Brien's sweep of the 100- and 200-meter dashes. O'Brien finished a few-hundredths of a second shy of personal bests in each event and he will look to retain his titles again this year.
Junior Kyle Winter, coming off a dominating indoor season, looks to repeat as men's champion in the 800-meter run, where he notched a time of 1:54.39 last season. He currently sits third in Marquette history in the event with a time of 1:49.84 and will be joined by six other Marquette student-athletes in the event.
Six athletes will compete for the Golden Eagles in the men's hammer throw, including last year's winner sophomore Bret Hardin. Hardin, holder of the school's No. 2 all-time mark, will be joined by Jonathan Kusowski, David Carbajal and Robert Bleem, all of whom scored in the meet a year ago. Junior Patrick Stuart and freshman William Koeck will also compete.
High jumper Cheldon Brown looks to build off his career day at the Bulls Invitational on March 16, along with teammate Michael Saindon. Brown and Saindon currently sit third and fourth in MU history, respectively.
On the women's side, sophomore Carly Schuh will look to top her program record in the long jump while senior Lauren Benjamin will attempt to move up from second in MU history in the javelin on Friday afternoon.
Senior Stephanie Grant will join the talented sophomore triumvirate of Kate Hein, Gretchen Homan and Katie Kemmerer in the women's 400-meter dash. Hein, Homan and Grant all rank in MU's all-time top-10 list, while Kemmerer continues to work her way into that group.
Complete results will be available on GoMarquette.com following the conclusion of Saturday's events.