Track & Field Ready to Compete at SEMO
March 31, 2016
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field teams are set to compete in its first full squad meet of the 2016 outdoor season, heading to Cape Girardeau, Missouri to take part in the Joey Haines Invitational hosted by Southeast Missouri State, Friday-Saturday, April 1-2.
With the women’s team coming off its first-ever BIG EAST Indoor championship and the men’s team taking second place for the third consecutive conference championship meet (indoor and outdoor), expectations going into this outdoor season have never been higher.
“This weekend, as well as the majority of the season, is about building up for BIG EAST Outdoors,” head coach Bert Rogers said. “After winning the indoor title on the women’s side and coming close on the men’s, we hope to win both in May. Outdoors is a little bit of a different setup with a fewer track events, but it should bode well for us. It’s going to be a battle for both sides.”
Marquette placed 28 student-athletes on the All-BIG EAST squad following the conference indoor meet. Four event winners highlighted the 14 women honored to the team, including Maya Marion (shot put), Gemma Tedeschi (pole vault), Omo Tseumah (high jump) and BIG EAST Field Performer of the Meet, Monique Felix. Felix and Anna Strong were two of only seven females to receive All-BIG EAST honors in three events.
The men featured three event winners, including Maxwell Bullard in the shot put and Joel Swanberg as a repeat champion in both the pole vault and heptathlon. Swanberg was one of just five male athletes to be honored in three events.
The Golden Eagles will send 36 student-athletes from each squad to compete at the Joey Haines Invitational, which begins Friday at 3:30 p.m. Central time with the women’s hammer throw followed by the men’s competition. Marquette will compete with the likes of Arkansas State, Lipscomb, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Southern Illinois, SIU-Edwardsville, Tennessee-Martin, Western Illinois and the host Redhawks.
“It’s a well-rounded field,” Rogers said about the team’s first full squad outdoor meet. “It’s a place no one else (at Marquette) has competed at, so it’s a new trip for everybody. The forecast looks good so hopefully we can put down some good marks.
“Being that it’s the first outdoor meet, I think there will be a little bit of rust, but the main thing is getting things going and establishing a base line of what we want to build off of moving forward,” Rogers added.
Several field athletes already enjoyed a successful season debut after competing at the USF Bulls Invitational in Tampa, Florida, March 17-18. Sophomore Terica Harris was one of the many to put forth impressive performances as she led the women’s side with a win in the long jump, setting a career-best mark, while taking third in the triple jump on the way to earning BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week honors.
Also, Marion won her first shot put competition of the season, while Terrance Howard and John Krzyszkowski also impressed with a win in the men’s discus and runner-up finish in the pole vault, respectively.
Krzyszkowski’s mark of 65.37 meters (214 feet, 6 inches) fell just 6 inches shy of his school record, which was set at the NCAA West Region Preliminaries last May.
Saturday’s events will feature a full slate of competition beginning with the shot put at 11 a.m. Central time, followed by running events at noon.
Following this weekend’s action, Marquette head to Terre Haute, Indiana to compete at the Gibson Invitational hosted by Indiana State, April 8-9.
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