Marquette Splits Dual Meet with Milwaukee
April 2, 2010
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s track and field squad defeated Wisconsin-Milwaukee 95-88, while the women fell to the Panthers, 96.5-94.5, Friday afternoon at the Melvin “Bus” Shimek Memorial Track and Field Facility at Valley Fields.
“It was a fun day of competition and we could not have asked for better weather,” head coach Bert Rogers said. “Today we were more focused on team scores that individual results, but the team came out with a fire in their eyes and really got after it. The women’s meet was decided by two points, which really was inches either way in a couple of events.”
Senior captain Jeff Kluge dominated the throwing events for the men, capturing titles in the shot put, discus and hammer throw, while finishing second in the javelin. Several of those marks came close to his previous personal bests.
Freshman Kyle Winter won the 800-meter run with a late kick after running a very tactical race.
Szczech rebounded in the 3,000-meter run to hold off classmate Brice Cleland for the victory in that event.
Freshman Cheldon Brown also continued his strong development in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 7 inches to place second.
Freshman Chanel Franklin continued to develop in the sprints for the Golden Eagles with second-place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. The Milwaukee native’s time of 49.79 seconds in the 200 was a personal best and only one-hundredth of a second behind the event winner.
Sophomore Jenny Zahn set a personal best in the 400-meter hurdles to place second. Zahn barely missed the BIG EAST qualifying mark of 1:04.14.
In the women’s jumps, Erynn James’ mark of 5 feet, 8 inches to win the high jump was one centimeter off the facility record, while sophomore Lauren Darnall set a personal best height of 11 feet, 9 ¾ inches in the pole vault. Darnall tied for first, before ultimately falling in the jump-off.
Another Marquette thrower reigned over the women’s throwing events as senior Rachel Thiel won the shot put and discus, in addition to placing second in the hammer throw. Jamie Roth won the hammer, while Catherine Benage won the javelin.
During the indoor season on Jan. 23, UWM hosted MU at the Klotsche Center. The men’s meet came down to freshman Kyle Winter’s anchor leg of the 1,600-meter relay with the men pulling out a 70-68 victory. The women fell to UWM 80-57.
The Golden Eagles return to action April 9-10 at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational in Macomb, Ill.
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