March 29, 2010
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field programs have announced the signing of 10 student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent. All 10 will have four years of eligibility remaining when they arrive on campus to begin the 2010-11 school year.
||Catholic Central H.S.
||Neuqua Valley H.S.
||Wausau West H.S.
||Mt. Prospect, Ill.
||Mt. Prospect H.S.
||Carl Harrison H.S.
GRETCHEN HOMAN | SPRINTS | ELKHORN, WIS. | CATHOLIC CENTRAL
Homan comes to Marquette as a three-year letterwinner in track and field at Catholic Central High School where she earned all-conference honors in each of the last two years. In addition to all-conference honors, Homan was named first team all-state and was also named the Racine Journal Times 2009 Athlete of the Year. Holds school records in the 200 meters (25.32 seconds), 400 meters (56.69 seconds) and the 1,600-meter relay (4:05).
Head Coach Bert Rogers on Homan: "Gretchen Homan is one of the best 400 recruits coming out of high school that we have ever had here at Marquette. Her range is great, she will contribute in the 200, 400 and will be running a few 800s during her senior year. I expect that she will make an immediate impact in the 400 and 500 indoors and in the relays."
The Journal Times
Homan more than an elite sprinter to Marquette (3/7/10)
SARAH BALL | MIDDLE DISTANCE | KENOSHA, WIS. | TREMPER H.S.
Sarah Ball comes to Marquette from Kenosha, Wis., where she earned four letters each in cross country and track and field at Tremper High School. A two-time track team captain and a cross country captain as a senior, Ball has been a state meet qualifier each year in both sports and earned all-state recognition as a junior and senior. In cross country, Ball was only the second person in the history of the Kenosha County Meet to capture an overall title four-straight years.
Assistant Coach Mike Nelson on Ball: "Sarah will make an immediate impact in cross country and on the track. Sarah’s main focus will be the middle distance events, as she can run well from the 400-meter distance all the way up to 1,500 meters. It's rare to find an athlete who can make contributions in cross country and the 4x400-meter relay."
Keep your eye on the Ball (3/25/10)
Ball Four (10/2/09)
HANNAH FRETT | MIDDLE DISTANCE | WAUKESHA, WIS. | PEWAUKEE H.S.
Frett earned four letters in track and field and three in cross country at Pewaukee High School during her prep career. In cross country, Frett captured her conference championship as both a junior and senior, placing 18th and second at the state meet in 2008 and 2009, respectively. In 2009, she also helped her team win the state meet. On the track, Frett has qualified for the state meet in the 1,600-meter run each of the past three years, in addition to running the 3,200-meter relay during her junior and senior years. While qualifying for the state meet, Frett captured conference titles in the 1,600 and the 3,200 meters as a junior and senior. Frett also earned three letters in basketball and was a first team all-conference performer in 2009-10.
Assistant Coach Mike Nelson on Frett: "Hannah's athleticism combined with her work ethic will make her a successful collegiate athlete. Hannah will concentrate on events ranging from the 1,500-5,000 meter runs and will also give the 3,000-meter steeplechase a try once she gets to Marquette."
Lake Country Reporter
Pewaukee's Frett leads postseason charge (10/21/09)
CLAIRE GUIDINGER | LONG DISTANCE | WINONA, MINN. | WINONA H.S.
A native of Winona, Minn., Claire Guidinger comes to Marquette from the same high school as current Golden Eagle runner, Maureen Keane. Guidinger, has been a letterwinner each year in both cross country and track and field, in addition to being named cross country team captain as a junior and senior. In 2008 she finished second at the Minnesota AA state meet, while earning all-state and all-academic honors. Guidinger also earned all-state honors in the 3,200-meter run in 2008, while leading her squad to the state meet. Guidinger is also a very accomplished Nordic skier.
Nelson on Guidinger: "Claire is a true endurance athlete and will concentrate on events ranging from the 3,000-10,000-meter runs. The longer the race, the better Claire will do in it."
Winona Daily News
WSHS's Guidinger to run for Marquette (2/6/10)
ASHLEY SELLERS | LONG DISTANCE | ALSIP, ILL. | MARIST H.S.
Ashley Sellers is expected to help MU in the longer distances after competing as a prep at Marist High School (Alsip, Ill.). Sellers was a 2009 conference champion in cross country on her way to earning the conference's athlete of the year award. Sellers also qualified for the state meet as a junior and senior and was named all-state in 2009. On the track, Sellers qualified for the state meet in the 1,600-meter run and was a member of the 3,200-meter relay, which also qualified for the state meet.
Nelson on Sellers: "Despite suffering from an illness that nearly held her out of the state competition in 2009, Ashley was able to hold on for a top-25 finish at the meet. She will add tremendous depth to our cross country/longer distance squad and will focus on events ranging from 3,000-10,000 meters."
Marist girls, Griffin boys win at Tinley Park (9/26/10)
KATHRYN KOECK | THROWS | WINNECONNE, WIS. | WINNECONNE H.S.
Koeck comes to Marquette as a three-sport athlete from Winneconne, Wis., where she earned letters in basketball and volleyball in addition to track and field. At Winneconne High School, Koeck set the school and conference records in both the shot put (131 feet-6-inches) and discus (38-feet-11-inches). After finishing fourth in the shot put at the state meet as a freshman, Koeck has qualified each year in the shot and discus, with her highest finish in the discus (second) coming last season. Due to her throwing prowess, Koeck has earned consecutive (2008-09) Eastern Valley Conference Female Athlete of the Year Awards.
Associate Head Coach Mike Koenning on Koeck: “Kathryn is a great all-around athlete who is also very talented in basketball and volleyball. She’s shown continued improvement as a thrower throughout her high school career. Last year she placed second in the state meet in discus and sixth in the shot put, plus I’m excited to see her add the hammer and javelin to her event list. With the departure of three senior women throwers after this season it looked to be a difficult transition, but I think Kathryn will take on the challenge to fill those shoes early in her Marquette career.”
Q&A with sports reporter Carlos Arguello (3/11/10)
Koeck named all-state, all-tournament (3/29/10)
Getting a kick out of Koeck (3/16/10)
Seniors shine in Wolves run to silver ball (3/28/10)
ARYAN AVANT | SPRINTS | NAPERVILLE, ILL. | NEUQUA VALLEY H.S.
Avant comes to Marquette as a four-time letterwinner in track and field at Neuqua Valley High School where he earned all-state recognition in 2009 at the IHSA State 3A meet. At the state meet, Avant helped the 1,600-meter relay squad to a state title, while also helping the 3,200-meter relay team to a third-place finish. Individually, Avant finished fourth in the 400-meter dash after winning his sectional race earlier in the year. Avant was an AAU national qualifier in the 400, the 400-meter relay and the 1,600-meter relay in 2009.
Head Coach Bert Rogers on Avant: "Aryan will make an immediate impact on our long sprints program. He is definitely one of the best long sprints prospects that MU has ever recruited out of high school. I expect that he will be competitive in the BIG EAST in the 400, 500, 800 and the relays."
RISE Greater Chicago: Recognize (3/13/10)
The Daily Herald
Neuqua Valley makes it eight straight UEC titles (3/17/10)
MICHAEL SAINDON | HIGH JUMP | WAUSAU, WIS. | WAUSAU WEST H.S.
Saindon was a three-year letterwinner in track and field at Wausau West High School. At Wausau West, Saindon was a three-time all-conference honoree, including a conference champion in 2009 while also turning in a runner-up performance at the state meet. Holds a personal best high jump of 6 feet, 8 inches, recorded in the summer of 2009. Saindon also holds numerous records as a three-time Wausau City Meet Champion. He also earned three letters in football.
Head Coach Bert Rogers on Saindon: "Michael Saindon is a speed jumper who has a big upside, he will be someone that can come in and be competitive in the BIG EAST right away. I think Michael and Cheldon Brown will complement each other very well."
Wausau Daily Herald
West track teams sweep home dual (3/24/10)
CHRIS SPUDIC | MIDDLE DISTANCE | MT. PROSPECT, ILL. | PROSPECT H.S.
A three-time letterwinner in both track and field and cross country, Chris Spudic was also a two-time captain in both sports. As a senior, Spudic finished fifth in the state cross country meet, helping his team to a fourth-place finish, in addition to winning the conference championship. Spudic also earned all-conference, all-area and all-region honors as a junior. He also qualified for the state track meet in 2009 in the 3,200-meter run.
Nelson on Spudic: "Chris is an enthusiastic leader and is very driven. I was very impressed with Chris’ leadership abilities in addition to his strong racing performances. Chris will concentrate on events ranging from 1,500m-5,000 meters, but his best event might be the steeplechase."
The Daily Herald
Spudic spurts to victory, Palatine captures team title (10/17/09)
Spudic leads the way for Prospect (11/7/09)
BRET HARDIN | THROWS | ACWORTH, GA. | CARL HARRISON H.S.
Hardin, a rare MU recruit from the Southeast, comes to the Golden Eagles from Acworth, Ga. (Carl Harrison High School) where he earned letters in both track and field and football. Hardin, a Junior Olympics All-American, holds personal records in the hammer throw of 213 feet, 5 inches and of 70 feet, 2 1/4 inches in the weight throw. Hardin also placed third in the 2010 Nike Indoor Championships and sixth at the NSIC High School National Championships. His weight throw of over 70 feet registers as the eighth-best distance recorded by a high school athlete in 2010.
Koenning on Hardin: "Bret comes to us from Georgia as a hammer and weight throw specialist. He currently has the No. 8 performance in the national high school weight throw rankings. He trains and competes for the Throw One Deep club headed by Mike Judge that has produced numerous top high school throwers that go on to great success in college. Bret is a very hard worker and that has been paying off as he’s having a great senior season in the indoor weight throw. He has found Marquette to be a great fit for his goals we’re very excited to have him join the throws group."
Nike Indoor Nationals Results
National Weight and Hammer Throw Rankings