Track & Field Focuses on Sprint Medley Relay Record at WIU
April 12, 2012
LEE CALHOUN MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette men's and women's track and field teams continue their outdoor season this weekend at the 23rd Annual Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational on April 13-14 in Macomb, Ill. Competition will be held at Hanson Field on the campus of Western Illinois University.
"This is the time of the year where we expect to see big marks in the throws and the running events," Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. "We are to the point in the year where we will be running in meets that are a little bit warmer, which always helps with performances."
Competition for the Lee Calhoun Invitational will get underway at 2 p.m. on Friday with the women's hammer throw, followed immediately by the men. The first day running events will feature Marquette's relay and distance athletes, with the sprint medley relay beginning at 5 p.m. and concluding with the 10,000-meter run.
The Marquette men will attempt to break a 32-year old program record in sprint medley relay on Friday at 5 p.m. Tyler O'Brien and Glenn Lawrence will each run a 200-meter leg, with Michael Kemmerer running the 400 and Kyle Winter on the anchor 800-meter leg.
The current Marquette record of 3:23.26 was set by John Rydeski, Vic Dallas, Keith Connolly and Jeff Grant in 1980.
"The sprint medley relay is something we don't get to do that often," Rogers said. "It is an event we are trying to gear up for and run a fast time. This is the last team event before we head out to California so we are trying to put down good marks and continue the season along before we get into some of the bigger meets."
The men's and women's pole vault will kick-off Saturday's action at 11 a.m., while running events commence simultaneously on the track with the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. The invitational will conclude following the men's 4x400-meter run at 4:30 p.m.
Junior Melissa Budelier will attempt to defend her title from last year's invitational in the steeplechase. The Stevens Point, Wis., native earned Marquette's lone event victory at the 2011 competition, finishing with a time of 11:58.38 and helping the women's side to a third-place finish.
Sprinter Chanel Franklin will compete in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, as well as the women's sprint medley relay. In last week's dual meet against Milwaukee, Franklin picked up 17 points for MU by sweeping both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Joining Franklin in the sprint medley relay on Friday will be Sarah Ball, Gretchen Homan and Katie Kemmerer.
In the field events, James Muehleman will look to improve upon his No. 4 all-time program mark of 46-11.50 (14.31 meters) in the triple jump. Muehleman will also represent the Golden Eagles in the long jump along with teammates Marcell KirkmanBey and Michael Saindon.
In its last meet, Marquette swept the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee April 5 in an outdoor dual meet at the Melvin "Bus" Shimek Memorial Track and Field Facility. The women earned a 100-90 win over the Panthers, while the men topped their counterparts, 97-89.
Live results will be available, courtesy of WIU at the link provided above.
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