Marquette T&F Set For BIG EAST Outdoor Championships
May 7, 2015
2015 BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Championships
The Golden Eagles are well represented on the BIG EAST Conference lists heading into this weekend's championships. The Marquette men feature top-three marks in 10-of-22 events listed on www.tfrrs.org, including 12 individuals and two relay teams with five individuals holding the top mark in their respective events.
The MU women rank similarly with top-three marks in 9-of-22 events, including 10 individuals and two relay teams featured, and one top mark.
Two of those top marks belong to the sibling duo of seniors Kathryn and William Koeck, who will each vie for the hammer throw title when the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships commence on Friday.
Kathryn, who will also compete in the shot put and discus, became the first female at MU to crack 200 feet in the hammer throw with a school-record mark of 61.12 meters (200-06 feet) back on April 10. It was the third time she's broken the Marquette standard this season.
William, who will compete in the discus as well, also holds the MU record in the men's hammer, a mark he set last season. Earlier this year, he came just 2 inches shy of breaking it again with a throw of 61.18 meters (200-09 feet) at the Mt. SAC Relays back on April 16. That mark is tops in the conference by a wide margin heading into this weekend and, if replicated, could have a good chance of helping him defend his outdoor title from a year ago.
Junior Wally Ellenson, an indoor All-American already this year, is the reigning BIG EAST Indoor Most Outstanding Field Performer after setting the conference record and winning the high jump at the indoor championships back in March. He is once again the favorite entering competition on Friday, leading the high jump list with a height of 2.19 meters (7-2.25 feet), which stands more than 6 inches higher than the next closest competitor.
The BIG EAST outdoor record is within reach for the Rice Lake, Wisconsin native, who will have to jump 2.21 meters (7-03 feet) to break the current mark set by Tone Belt of Louisville back in 2007.
Also on the men's side, senior Marcell KirkmanBey will look to finish up his BIG EAST career on a high note. He took 15th place in the 110-meter hurdles at last year's outdoor championships, but came back and won the 60-meter hurdles at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships in March. He currently leads the conference list with a time of 14.93 seconds, which he ran in a dual against Milwaukee back on April 10.
Sophomore Joel Swanberg, who took BIG EAST Indoor titles in the heptathlon and pole vault, will vie for similar results in the decathlon, pole vault and 110-meter hurdles this weekend.
In addition to Koeck, the Marquette women will also be led by a sprinting duo that will be counted on to rack up some points in the team classification. Freshman Cassy Goodrich and sophomore Anna Strong have pushed each other all season long and now will be an important part of the team's success this weekend.
Goodrich will run in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes, as well as the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays. In all four events, her times rank in the top-three in the BIG EAST this season. Strong will compete in the same four events in addition to long jump, which she picked up as a new event this season and already ranks as one of the top jumpers in the conference. She has the fourth-longest jump in the BIG EAST this year with a distance of 5.57 meters (18-3.25 feet).
Sophomores Brittney Feivor (5,000 meters, 10,000 meters) and Kellie Greenwood (3,000-meter steeplechase, 5,000 meters) have worked their ways up the BIG EAST leaderboards and will be in position to score points as well. Both rank in the top-10 in each event with Greenwood ranking second in the steeplechase after setting a PR at the Drake Relays with a time of 10:36.32.
Another event Marquette hopes to score points on the women's side will be the high jump where four Golden Eagles currently rank second through fifth in the BIG EAST going into this weekend. Junior Tatyana Pashibin and sophomores Bridget Bodee, Omo Tseumah and Taylor Keating are all set to compete in the event on Saturday.
Competition is slated to begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time Friday, May 8, with the start of the men's decathlon and women's heptathlon. Field events will follow at 11 a.m. with track prelims at 3 p.m.
Events on Saturday, May 9, will commence with the conclusion of decathlon and heptathlon events at 10 a.m. followed by field events at noon and track finals at 1 p.m.
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