Track Heads To Indiana's Polytan Invitational

April 21, 2011

Live Results

MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams return to action Friday and Saturday at Indiana University's Polytan Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. A pared-down Marquette squad will compete at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex, where Friday's competition is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. CT. Saturday's action is set to begin at 10 a.m. CT with the women's shot put, men's discus and the men's and women's long jump.

"We have a smaller squad traveling this weekend," Marquette head track and field coach Bert Rogers said. "Most of the field event regulars will compete, but many of the top runners will be off this weekend as we prep for the next two weekends at the Drake Relays and then BIG EAST Conference Championships."  

One runner looking to notch a BIG EAST Conference qualifying mark is freshman Sarah Ball. Ball impressed many during the indoor season, placing her name on both the 600- and 1,000-meter run top-10 lists, and will attempt to shave just over a second off her personal best time in the 800-meter run.

"Many of those competing in running events this weekend will be chasing BIG EAST marks. Sarah Ball is a good example of someone who is very close and has been running well," Rogers said.  

While the runners may not have a full roster this weekend, it will be business as usual for Marquette's top throwers in the hammer throw.

Senior Jamie Roth set a personal best by one and a half feet at the DePaul Division I Invitational on April 16 and needs another two inches to climb to fourth on the all-time MU list.

On the men's side, associate head coach and throws coach Mike Koenning has a plethora of options at his disposal. Four of the conference's top 14 hammer throwers compete for the Golden Eagles with redshirt junior Jonathan Kusowski and freshman Bret Hardin leading the way.



Kusowski recorded the second-best distance (185 feet, 7 inches (56.59 meters)) in school history at DePaul, while Hardin is not far behind at fourth all-time (184 feet, 8 inches (56.28 meters)). Both have a good shot at breaking the school record (Damian Anisko, 188 feet, 9 inches (57.53 meters)) this season.

"Our hammer group is really starting to click," Rogers said. "Jamie Roth really is putting things together and I am looking forward to seeing her throw this weekend. On the men's side, Jon Kusowski and Bret Hardin are really developing into a nice 1-2 punch for us. It seems like they take turns each week beating each other. I wouldn't be surprised to see both of them break the school record this year."

This weekend's meet is the first for the Hoosiers to display Billy Hayes Track's new Polytan surface, which was installed last May. Indiana will host the East Preliminary Round of the 2011 NCAA Championships May 28-30. MU will compete in the West Preliminary Round the same dates in Eugene, Ore.

Squads from meet-host Indiana, and BIG EAST rivals Cincinnati and USF will compete along with teams from Xavier, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Illinois. The meet will be individually scored with live results available, courtesy of

Polytan Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.)
Friday, April 22-Saturday, April 23 

Women's Event Student-Athlete Personal Record (MU Rank)
100-meter dash
BIG EAST: 12.30 sec. 
Cashay Harris 12.63 seconds

200-meter dash
BIG EAST: 25.04 sec. 

Katie Kemmerer
Cashay Harris
26.62 seconds
400-meter dash
BIG EAST: 57.24 

Katie Kemmerer

59.61 seconds

800-meter run
BIG EAST: 2:14.04 
Sarah Ball
Alyssa Stevens
400-meter hurdles Alyssa Stevens

1:04.63 (No. 8 all-time)

Triple Jump
BIG EAST: 11.28 meters 
Alyssa Davis

39 feet, 4 1/2 inches (12.00 meters) (No. 3 all-time)

High Jump
BIG EAST: 1.68 meters 
Sarah MacCourtney
Marisa Handley

5 feet, 6 inches (1.68 meters) (T-No. 5 all-time)
5 feet, 3 1/4 inches (1.61 meters) 

BIG EAST: 36.00 meters
Lauren Benjamin
Catherine Benage
133 feet, 7 inches (40.72 meters) (No. 2 all-time)
129 feet (39.32 meters) (No. 3 all-time)
Shot Put
BIG EAST: 12.75 meters 
Kristen Gaffey
Kirsten Walker
44 feet, 4 3/4 inches (13.53 meters)
37 feet, 1 3/4 inches (11.32 meters)
Hammer Throw 
BIG EAST: 46 meters 
Jamie Roth
Kathryn Koeck

176 feet, 7 inches (53.83 meters) (No. 5 all-time)
149 feet, 7 inches (42.71 meters)

BIG EAST: 40.00 meters 
Kathryn Koeck
Kristen Gaffey
140 feet, 4 inches (42.78 meters)
137 feet, 3 inches (41.84 meters)


Men's Event Student-Athlete Personal Record (MU Rank)
800-meter run
BIG EAST: 1:52.54 

Ben Schmitz
Mike McCarthy

110-meter hurdles
BIG EAST: 15.35 seconds 

Marcell KirkmanBey

15.77 seconds
High Jump
BIG EAST: 1.98 meters
Cheldon Brown
Michael Saindon
T.J. Hodgson
6 feet, 7 1/2 inches (2.01 meters) (T-No. 6 all-time)
6 feet, 6 3/4 inches (2.00 meters) (T-No. 8 all-time)
6 feet, 6 3/4 inches (2.00 meters) (T-No. 8 all-time)
Triple Jump
BIG EAST 14 meters
James Muehleman 44 feet, 10 inches (13.97 meters) (No. 7 all-time)
Long Jump
BIG EAST: 6.90 meters 
Michael Saindon
Cheldon Brown
20 feet, 5 3/4 inches (6.24 meters)
18 feet, 8 inches (5.69 meters)
Pole Vault
BIG EAST: 4.55 meters
Jerrick Backous
Nick Benn
14 feet, 7 1/4 inches (4.45 meters) (No. 3 all-time)
12 feet, 11 1.2 inches (3.95 meters) 
Shot Put
BIG EAST: 14.75 meters
Joseph Kohut
David Carbajal
51 feet, 1/4 inches (15.55 meters)
50 feet, 10 1/4 inches (15.50 meters)
Hammer Throw
BIG EAST: 49.00 meters 
Jonathan Kusowski
Bret Hardin
David Carbajal
185 feet, 7 inches (56.59 meters) (No. 2 all-time)
184 feet, 8 inches (56.28 meters) (No. 4 all-time) (FR)
164 feet, 5 inches (50.12 meters)
BIG EAST: 44.50 meters 

Robert Bleem
David Carbajal

161 feet, 3 inches (49.15 meters) (No. 9 all-time)
142 feet, 10 inches (43.54 meters)


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