MU Heads to Purdue For Final BIG EAST Tune-up

Marcell KirkmanBey currently holds the #7 top time in the 110-meter hurdles (14.93)
April 30, 2015

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MILWAUKEE -- One final tune-up remains for the Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams as preparation continues for the 2015 BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Championships, which are just two weeks away. Both teams will be in action Friday, May 1-Saturday, May 2, to take part at the Dave Rankin Invitational hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The goal in mind this week is individual preparation as some will look to improve marks and build momentum, while others will take the time to focus on rest in order to put themselves in prime position come BIG EAST.

"It's a tune-up meet," head coach Bert Rogers said. "With finals next week, a lot of individuals will have the opportunity to rest and focus on exams. Those competing might not have any finals issues and want to build some momentum heading into BIG EAST.

"For the most part, it's about what the athletes need to best prepare for the BIG EAST Championships," Rogers added.

Both squads are coming off a successful week at the Drake Relays and Benedictine Twilight and looking to capture peak performance ahead of BIG EAST Championships with this final tune-up at Purdue.

Field Events
On the women's side, Kathryn Koeck will look to keep her momentum going in the hammer throw, as well as the shot put. The senior currently holds the Marquette record in the hammer with a throw of 61.12 meters (200 feet, 6 inches), which ranks 12th among regional qualifiers.

Samantha Kennedy and Maya Marion will also compete in throws events on the women's side. Others highlighting the field events will be Nicole Jaffke, who nearly cleared 12 feet in the pole vault at Benedictine a week ago. Bridget Bodee, Terica Harris, Taylor Keating, Tatyana Pashibin and Gemma Tedeschi will also be featured in jumping events.

For the men, Wally Ellenson looks to build momentum after his third-place finish in the high jump at the Drake Relays last week. The national hopeful currently sits eighth-regionally with a mark of 7 feet, 2.25 inches.

"For Wally, it's been a bit of a transition," Rogers said. "He was doing full-on basketball every day with some high jump practice that consisted of a little technique work. For him it's transitioning from one sport to the next and I think he's getting comfortable now."

William Koeck and Bret Hardin will look to improve on solid marks in the hammer throw. Koeck's toss of 61.18 meters (200 feet, 9 inches) at the Mt. SAC Relays has him 26th on the regional list, while Hardin isn't far behind.

Others to watch for will be Dwayne Dash (long jump), Will Ford (pole vault) and Joel Swanberg (high jump, pole vault and javelin).

On the Track
For the women, long distance runners Kellie Greenwood and Brittney Feivor will have the week to rest for BIG EAST after outstanding marks last week at the Drake Relays. Others will have a chance to gain momentum in the form of Abigail Busse (steeplechase) and Meghan Carroll (1,500). Mariah Frank, Maeve McDonald, Maggie O'Loughlin and Sarah Poirier will all compete in the women's 5,000.

On the men's side, one of Marquette's top sprinters in Brandon Bell will try to improve his 100 and 200-meter dash times heading into BIG EAST. Other sprinters looking to do the same will be Marcell KirkmanBey in the 110-meter hurdles and Anton Rice, Glenn Lawrence Jr., Michael Corr, Alex Halloway and Daniel Sweeney in various other sprints.

Friday's action will feature the hammer throw at 3 p.m., while the remaining competition will take place Saturday with field events at 10 a.m. followed by running events at noon.

Full List of Team Entries:
Bridget Bodee -- High Jump
Abigail Busse -- 400 Hurdles, Steeplechase
Meghan Carroll -- 1500m
Mariah Frank -- 5000m
Terica Harris -- Long Jump, Triple jump
Nicole Jaffke -- Pole Vault
Taylor Keating -- 200m, 100 Hurdles, High Jump
Sam Kennedy -- Hammer
Kathryn Koeck -- Shot Put, Hammer
Haley Loprieno -- 1500m
Maya Marion -- Shot Put, Discus, Hammer
Jnana Martin -- 100 Hurdles, 400 Hurdles
Maeve McDonald -- 5000m
Elisia Meyle -- 1500m
Maggie O'Loughlin -- 5000m
Tatyana Pashibin -- High Jump, Long Jump
Sarah Poirier -- 5000m
Gemma Tedeschi -- Pole Vault
Katie Tolan -- 400m
Kenzie Vicker -- 1500m, 800m

Brandon Bell -- 100m, 200m
Patrick Campbell -- 5000m
Jack Carpenter -- 5000m
Cory Cegelski -- Long Jump, Triple Jump
Michael Corr -- 400m
Dwayne Dash -- Long Jump
William Eggers -- 400m, 110 Hurdles, Long Jump
Wally Ellenson -- High Jump
Will Ford -- Pole Vault
Alex Halloway -- 200m or 400m, Triple Jump
Bret Hardin -- Hammer
John Kaplan -- Pole Vault
Marcell KirkmanBey -- 110 Hurdles
William Koeck -- Discus, Hammer
Glenn Lawrence Jr. -- 100m, 200m
Vinny Martello -- Pole Vault
Joel McBride -- Shot Put, Discus, Hammer
D.T. McDonald -- 800m
Aric Miller -- 1500m
Anton Rice -- 400m
Joel Swanberg -- High Jump, Pole Vault, Javelin
Daniel Sweeney -- 110 Hurdles
Andres Tineo Paz -- 1500m
Zach Wehner -- 1500m, 800m
Corey White -- 5000m
William Wolf -- Triple Jump




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