Golden Eagles Head to Last-Chance Meets

Senior Tyler O'Brien will look to extend his career to the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds.

May 9, 2012

Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium | Naperville, Ill. | Thursday, May 10 - Friday, May 11 

Cardinal Park | Louisville, Ky. | Friday, May 11 

Cardinal Twilight Live Results

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MILWAUKEE –The Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field teams return to action Thursday, May 10-Friday, May 11 in a pair of last-chance meets at the Dr. Keeler Invitational and the Cardinal Twilight.

“We are focused on improving our marks in several events this weekend,” Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. “We were expecting better marks in a few events at the BIG EAST Championships, and are now in the position to chase them this weekend.  There looks to be nice conditions and competition at both Louisville and North Central, so now is the time to get it done.”

The Golden Eagles primary focus is moving individuals up the NCAA Division I descending order list for the West Region, where the top 48 declarations qualify for the West Preliminary Rounds of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The West Preliminary Rounds are set for May 24-28 in Austin, Texas.

Those competing at Louisville looking to solidify their spot in the NCAA preliminary rounds are seniors Tyler O’Brien (51st) and Jonathan Kusowski (65th) in the 200-meter dash and the hammer throw, respectively. Junior Kyle Winter (61st) will also look to better his season’s best mark of 1:50.41 in the 800-meter run recorded last Saturday at the BIG EAST Championships. Kathryn Koeck (61st) and Samantha Kennedy (66th) will also look to move up the descending order list in the women’s hammer throw.

Senior Blake Johnson, who currently ranks 49th in the West in the 10,000-meter run, will compete at the Dr. Keeler Invitational along with Jack Hackett in the 10k and a group of 13 other Marquette student-athletes.

The Dr. Keeler Invitational, held by North Central College in Naperville, Ill., at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, begins Thursday at 12:15 p.m. with the men’s hammer and discus throws. The 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs will be the lone running events competed on Thursday beginning at 7:30 p.m. Action resumes Friday at 3 p.m. in the field with events on the track beginning with the men’s 4x800-meter relay at 4 p.m.

Events at the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Park begin Friday at 9 a.m. Central time with the throwing events, while field events begin at 10:30 a.m. CT and action on the track commences at 4 p.m. CT.

Live results from Friday’s Cardinal Classic will be provided, courtesy of


Marquette Women

Women's Event Student-Athlete Personal Record (MU Rank)
400-meter run

Katie Kemmerer

58.69 seconds

1,500-meter run

Olivia Johnson
Holly Robertson
Hannah Frett

4:28.01 (No. 4 all-time)


Sarah Ball
Melissa Budelier


5,000-meter run

Elisia Meyle


400-meter hurdles Jenny Zahn 1:03.32 (No. 5 all-time)
Pole Vault Lauren Darnall 12-03.50 (3.75 meters) (No. 2 all-time)

 Marquette Men

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

400-meter dash

Michael Kemmerer
Glenn Lawrence
49.52 seconds               
52.86 seconds

800-meter dash

Evan Ross 1:51.80 

1,500-meter run

Brendan Franz 4:07.27
10,000-meter run    

Blake Johnson
Jack Hackett

29:50.54 (No. 5 all-time)                          


Marquette Women

Women's Event Student-Athlete Personal Record (MU Rank)
High Jump Sarah MacCourtney 5-07.00 (1.70 meters) (T-No. 4 all-time)
Shot Put Kristen Gaffey 46-04.75 (14.14 meters) (No. 4 all-time)
Hammer Throw Kathryn Koeck
Samantha Kennedy
183-04 (55.88 meters) (No. 3 all-time)
181-00 (55.18 meters) (No. 5 all-time) (FR)

Kristen Gaffey

141-05 (43.11 meters)
Javelin Lauren Benjamin 133-07 (40.72 meters) (No. 2 all-time)

 Marquette Men

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

200-meter dash

Tyler O'Brien

21.05 seconds (No. 1 all-time)

800-meter dash

Kyle Winter 1:49.84 (No. 3 all-time)
High Jump 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 James Muehleman 47-05.75 (14.47 meters) (No. 4 all-time)
Shot Put Patrick Stuart

49-09.75 (15.18 meters)

Hammer Throw Bret Hardin
Jonathan Kusowski
William Koeck

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)




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