Track & Field Returns to the Valley
April 4, 2012
MILWAUKEE DUAL MEET
MILWAUKEE - Track and field completion returns to Valley Fields Thursday morning as the Marquette University men' s and women's track and field squads host the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in dual meet action at the Melvin "Bus" Shimek Memorial Track and Field Facility.
"We are very excited to back home in the valley and the team always gets excited for the dual meet," Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. "The meets are always close and competitive and a lot of fun for everyone in attendance. The cross-town meet is also a nice change from the rest of the regular season where we are primarily chasing qualifying marks to either BIG EAST Conference or NCAA competition. We are looking forward to a nice day of track and field at Valley Fields."
Action begins at 11 a.m. with the women's pole vault at the track, while action at MU Throws Field (6th Street and Canal) will commence simultaneously with the women' s javelin .
Running events begin on the track at 2 p.m. with the women's 100-meter dash and will conclude following the men's 4x400-meter relay at 4:15 p.m. Individual events will be scored 5-3-2-1 with relay events scored 5-3.
The meet is open to all and free to attend. Parking is available immediately south and north of Valley Fields along Canal Street.
On Jan. 20, the men's squad claimed a 72-68 victory over the Panthers at the Klotsche Center in indoor dual meet action, while the women fell to Milwaukee 72-67. In all, the Golden Eagles claimed 14 individual titles, with seven victories coming on both the men's and women's side.
Senior sprinter Tyler O'Brien claimed both the 60- and 300-meter dash titles at Milwaukee in January and will look to sweep both the 100 and 200 at Valley Fields.
Looking for a sprinting sweep on the women's side is Milwaukee-native Chanel Franklin, who suffered through some lingering injuries during the indoor campaign and will compete in the 100 and 200.
Senior Stephanie Grant will compete in the 400-meter dash in an effort to top her sister, Lauren, a sprinter for Milwaukee.
Rogers, a Milwaukee alumnus, joins 10-time Horizon League champion Nick Davis on the Marquette coaching staff as they prepare to top their alma mater.
The dual meet marks the first competition hosted by the Golden Eagles since the Marquette Twilight on April 24, 2010.
The Marquette men are ranked eighth in the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region, while the women are 12th.
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