BIG EAST Outdoor Championships Await Golden Eagles

Can junior Kyle Winter win the outdoor 800 meters after taking the indoor title in March?

May 3, 2012

2012 BIG EAST OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
USF Track & Field Stadium | Tampa, Fla. | May 4-6 

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MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field teams will take their largest group of student-athletes ever to compete at the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Track and Field Outdoor Championships on Friday, May 4-Sunday, May 6 in Tampa, Fla.

The 2012 championships will be competed at the USF Track & Field Stadium on the campus of the University of South Florida and run 3 p.m. Central time Friday through the meet’s conclusion Sunday, May 6 at 1:40 p.m. CT.

“Injuries are minimal across the board and we are feeling pretty healthy and confident,” said Marquette head coach Bert Rogers. “We are going to go and compete to win and take it event by event while doing the best we can. We kept it pretty simple in practice this week, with the workouts short and quick at high intensity. Everyone is feeling fresh and ready to compete at a high level.”

Live three-camera video coverage of the championships will be available, free of charge, as will live results, courtesy of BIGEAST.org. Twitter updates throughout the meet will be provided by the BIG EAST Conference at Twitter.com/BigEastChamps and Marquette track and field at Twitter.com/MUTFXC.

The Marquette throwers will kick off action at 11 a.m. CT with the women’s hammer throw, followed by the men’s event at 1 p.m. CT. Sophomore Kathryn Koeck and freshman Samantha Kennedy will compete for the women in the hammer throw and look to improve upon impressive marks posted this season. Koeck has moved up to the No. 3 position in program history in the event, while Kennedy holds the freshman record and the sixth-best mark overall. They also rank third and seventh, respectively, in the conference this season.

The men’s hammer throw will feature redshirt senior Jonathan Kusowski, who finished sixth at last year’s championships and second in the weight throw at this year’s indoor championships. Kusowski, who ranks third in MU history, will be joined by sophomore Bret Hardin (No. 2 all-time), William Koeck (No. 8 all-time) and Robert Bleem (No. 9 all-time). That quartet comprises the deepest and most talented event group for the Golden Eagles at this year’s championships.

“Having one of the bigger groups we have ever taken is definitely going to help,” said Kusowski, who notched a personal best in the hammer throw at last week’s Marquette Invitational. “We can see that Marquette has had a bigger presence than a lot of other teams we have competed against this year. Having a big group should get everyone amped up to turn in some big PRs.”

Kusowski will also compete in the men’s javelin at 11:30 a.m. CT Saturday in the day’s first event. The Toledo, Ohio native has thrown the javelin just twice in his career, with both times coming this season, and ranks eighth on the conference performance list coming into the meet. He is also third in MU history with his toss of 184 feet, 6 inches (56.23 meters) at the Beach Invitational on April 21.

Friday’s running events will include former NCAA West Region participants Peter Bolgert and Blake Johnson, who will compete in the steeplechase and 10,000-meter run, respectively. Bolgert did not compete during the 2011 outdoor campaign and will look to top his fourth-place finish from 2010 when he set his personal best of 8:54.76. Johnson will attempt to better his PR of 29:50.54 in the 10k, where he ranks eighth on the BIG EAST list entering the meet.

Action will continue on Saturday with the women’s pole vault at 2 p.m. CT when Lauren Darnall and Abby Croft appear set to better their performance list rankings after notching personal bests in recent weeks. Croft and Darnall, the latter of whom missed all of the 2011 outdoor campaign with a wrist injury, are competing in their first outdoor championships.

Sophomore Carlye Schuh will compete in the women’s long jump at the same time the women’s pole vault is set to take place and attempt to break her school record of 19 feet, 6 inches (5.94 meters).

Cheldon Brown and Michael Saindon return to action in the men’s high jump at 3:30 p.m. CT Friday as they look to grab points for the Golden Eagles. Brown ranks fifth (6-10.75/2.10 meters) on the BIG EAST performance list, while Saindon is 12th (6-08.75/2.05 meters).

Action on the track begins Saturday at 3:30 p.m. CT with senior Olivia Johnson in the women’s 1,500- meter run, followed by Jack Senefeld in the men’s race.

The men’s 200- and 800-meter dashes will feature two of Marquette’s best shots for individual titles with senior Tyler O’Brien and junior Kyle Winter returning after placing in the top five of their respective events at last year’s championships.

“On the men’s side we have a large group led by Kyle, Tyler and Jon Kusowski, who have been in the mix every year,” Rogers said. “You also have Peter Bolgert, who has been very good coming off of injury, Jack Hackett and a number of guys in different areas who have the ability to grab some points. I am pretty excited about where our men stand. We would like to do what we did indoors and place the highest we have as a team and I think we have the guys to do it.”

 O’Brien notched the conference’s fastest 200-meter time (21.05 seconds) in his preliminary heat last year, but finished second in Sunday’s final. He will compete in the both the 100 and 200 on Saturday and will look to advance to Sunday’s finals in both events.

 Winter surprised many with a fifth-place finish at last season’s outdoor championships, but will not sneak up on anyone in 2012 after claiming gold at March’s indoor championships.

“The regional mark would be great to hit, but I am going to run what the competition is running,” Winter said of expectations this time around. “If it turns out to be a championship race, like it was indoors, I am going to run slow and then kick at the end, which is what I have been good at and won indoors for me. If it goes out fast that would be great because we could get that regional mark, but I am going to run with my competition.”

The finals for the 5,000-meter run will also be competed Saturday evening, and although the event pool is deep in the conference, Jack Hackett and Connor Callahan could score for points for the Golden Eagles. Hackett ran a personal best in the event at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 19 and has stayed relatively healthy this season.

The men’s pole vault, set to kick off action Sunday morning at 9 a.m. CT, will feature sophomore Jerrick Backous, who set a new personal best of 15 feet, 3 inches (4.63 meters) at last weekend’s Marquette Invitational.

Sunday will conclude with the event finals of all running events outside of the 5,000 meters in addition to the discus throw, triple jump and women’s high jump.

Marquette Women

Women's Event Student-Athlete Personal Record (MU Rank)
100-meter dash
BIG EAST: 12.15
Chanel Franklin 11.92 seconds (No. 3 all-time)
200-meter dash
BIG EAST: 25.04

Chanel Franklin

24.53 seconds (No. 4 all-time)

400-meter run
BIG EAST: 56.94

Kate Hein
Gretchen Homan
Stephanie Grant

56.26 seconds (No. 3 all-time)
56.36 seconds (No. 4 all-time)
56.97 seconds (No. 6 all-time)

1,500-meter run
BIG EAST: 4:38.44

Olivia Johnson

4:28.01 (No. 4 all-time)

Steeplechase
BIG EAST: 11:10.24 

Courtney Kelly
Sarah Ball

10:53.46
11:07.59 

10,000-meter run
BIG EAST: 37:03.74

Carly Windt

36:43.74

4x100-meter relay Chanel Franklin
Stephanie Grant
Katie Kemmerer
Carlye Schuh
-

4x400-meter relay
Pool

Stephanie Grant
Kate Hein
Gretchen Homan
Katie Kemmerer
Jenny Zahn

-

4x800-meter relay
Pool 

Sarah Ball
Olivia Johnson
Courtney Kelly
Grace Magliola
Krista McClure

-

Long Jump
BIG EAST: 5.60 m. 
Carlye Schuh 19-06.00 (5.94 meters) (No. 1 all-time)
High Jump
BIG EAST: 1.68 m.
Sarah MacCourtney 5-07.00 (1.70 meters) (T-No. 4 all-time)
Pole Vault
BIG EAST:  3.60 m.
Lauren Darnall
Abby Croft
12-03.50 (3.75 meters) (No. 2 all-time)
12-01.50 (3.70 meters) (No. 4 all-time) 
Shot Put
BIG EAST: 12.75 m.
Kristen Gaffey 46-04.75 (14.14 meters) (No. 4 all-time)
Hammer
BIG EAST: 45.12 m.
Kathryn Koeck
Samantha Kennedy
183-04 (55.88 meters) (No. 3 all-time)
177-03 (54.03 meters) (No. 6 all-time) (FR)
Discus
BIG EAST: 40.00 m.

Kristen Gaffey
Kathryn Koeck

141-05 (43.11 meters)
140-04 (42.78 meters)
Javelin
BIG EAST: 36.00 m.
Lauren Benjamin 133-07 (40.72 meters) (No. 2 all-time)

 Marquette Men

Men's Event Student-Athlete     Personal Record (MU Rank)

100-meter dash
BIG EAST: 11.00

Glenn Lawrence 10.55 seconds (No. 2 all-time)

200-meter dash
BIG EAST: 22.18

Tyler O'Brien

21.05 seconds (No. 1 all-time)

800-meter dash
BIG EAST: 1:52.54

Kyle Winter
Evan Ross 
1:49.84 (No. 3 all-time)
1:51.80 

1,500-meter run
BIG EAST: 3:55.24 

Jack Senefeld 3:54.50

Steeplechase
BIG EAST: 9:25.54

Peter Bolgert 8:54.76 (No. 2 all-time)

5,000-meter run
BIG EAST: 14:47.14 

Jack Hackett
Connor Callahan
Patrick Maag
Bob Guthrie

14:14.45 (No. 4 all-time)
14:33.32 (No. 8 all-time)
14:44.10
15:00.53

10,000-meter run
BIG EAST: 31:00.64

Blake Johnson
Connor Callahan
Jack Senefeld

29:50.54 (No. 5 all-time)
30:54.22
31:54.51

110-meter hurdles
BIG EAST: 15.35

Marcell KirkmanBey

15.24 seconds
4x100-meter relay
Pool
Tyler O'Brien
Cheldon Brown
Michael Kemmerer
Glenn Lawrence
-
4x400-meter relay
Pool 

Michael Kemmerer
Glenn Lawrence
Evan Ross
Kyle Winter

-
4x800-meter relay
Pool 

Brendan Franz
Jack Hackett
Blake Johnson
Ben Schmitz

High Jump
BIG EAST: 1.98 m.
Cheldon Brown
Michael Saindon
6-10.75 (2.10 meters) (No. 3 all-time)
6-09.00 (2.06 meters) (No. 4 all-time) 
Triple Jump
BIG EAST: 14.00 m.
James Muehleman 47-05.75 (14.47 meters) (No. 4 all-time)
Pole Vault
BIG EAST: 4.55 m.
Jerrick Backous

15-03.00 (4.65 meters) (No. 3 all-time)

Shot Put
BIG EAST: 14.75 m.
David Carbajal
Patrick Stuart

50-10.25 (15.40 meters)
49-09.75 (15.18 meters)

Hammer
BIG EAST: 49.00 m.
Bret Hardin
Jonathan Kusowski
William Koeck
Robert Bleem

187-01 (57.03 meters) (No. 2 all-time)
186-07 (56.87 meters) (No. 3 all-time)
179-07 (54.73 meters) (No. 8 all-time)
172-06 (52.57 meters) (No. 9 all-time)

Discus
BIG EAST: 44.50 m.
Robert Bleem 161-03 (49.15 meters) (No. 9 all-time)
Javelin
BIG EAST: 54.00 m. 
Jonathan Kusowski 184-06 (56.23 meters) (No. 3 all-time)


 

Marquette at the BIG EAST Championships 
Highest finishes/marks in 2012 events

Event Student-Athlete Place Mark Year

100-meter dash

Women: Chanel Franklin
Men: Tyler O'Brien

17th-Prelim. Rd.
10th-Prelim. Rd.
24.69 sec.
10.65 sec.
2010
2011
200-meter dash

Women: Chanel Franklin

 

Men: Tyler O'Brien

19th-Prelim. Rd.

2nd
4th
1st-Prelim. Rd. 

12.20 sec.

21.42 sec.
21.41 sec.
21.05 sec. 

2010

2011
2008
2011 

400-meter dash Women: Gretchen Homan 22nd-Prelim. Rd. 57.35 sec. 2011
800-meter dash Men: Kyle Winter
Jed Burey
5th
5th
1:49.84
1:51.84
2011
2006
1,500-meter run Women: Michaela Courtney
Men: Tommy Schmitz
2nd
12th
4:21.40
3:53.44
2006
2007
5,000-meter run Men: Scott Mueller 8th 14:40.06 2006
10,000-meter run Women: Susie Emond
Laurie Dalrymple

Men: Scott Mueller
Kyle Saginus

9th
11th

9th
15th 

36:47.96
36:25.75

31:29.76
30:50.35 
2006
2010

2008
2007 
3,000-meter steeplechase Women: Jayne Grebinski
Men: Peter Bolgert
5th
4th 
10:35.00
8:54.76 
2009
2010 
110-meter hurdles

Men: N/A

N/A

N/A N/A
4x100-meter relay

Women: Franklin, Schuh
Kemmerer, Harris

Men: Emmer, Bratchett
Jones, Green

Marquette

8th
 

7th
 

9th 

47.48
 

42.54
 

42.32

2011
 

2007
 

2009 

4x400-meter relay

Women: Homan, Zahn
Hein, Grant 

Men: Bratchett, Wagner
Cassady, Shaffer

13th

7th

3:50.75

3:13.79 

2011

2006 

4x800-meter relay Women: Peller, Millin
Chambers and Verdoliva

Men: Burey, Williams
Meissner and Schmitz

Burey, Bolgert
Kopecki and Meissner
1st


5th


6th
 
8:49.96


7:35.08


7:33.98
 
2008


2007 


2008
 
Triple Jump Men: N/A

N/A 

N/A  N/A 
Long Jump Women: Carlye Schuh 10th 18-7.75 2011
High Jump Women: Erynn James
Men: Ray Bratchett
2nd
3rd
5-7.00
6-8.25
2009
2006
Pole Vault Women: Carrie Schmid
Men: Nick Van Deraa 
2nd
8th 
12-5.50
15-9.00 
2010
2009 
Javelin

Women: Kelly Magennis
Men: Robert Bleem

7th
9th

133-11
187-02

2007
2008

Discus Women: Jenna Mahaffey
Men: Damian Anisko
4th
4th
156-7
165-3 
2006
2007 
Shot Put Women: Rachael Thiel

Men: Jeff Kluge
Eric Matuszewski
5th

9th
14th 
48-11

49-3.5
49-5.5 
2009

2006
2010 
Hammer Women: Jessica Ehlen
Men: Jeff Kluge
5th
5th 
175-9
185-4 
2006
2010 

Marquette’s BIG EAST Outdoor Championships Results

Men
2011: 11th (20.50 points)
2010: 12th (13 points)
2009: 14th (7 points)
2008: 14th (14.50 points)
2007: 12th (21 points)
2006: 10th (32 points)

Women 
2011: 14th (8 points)
2010: 14th (19 points)
2009: 13th (24 points)
2008: 13th (28 points)
2007: 11th (30 points)
2006: 11th (31 points)


 

 

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