Track & Field Heads to BIG EAST Outdoor Championships
May 9, 2018
2018 BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Championships
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University track and field teams embark on Geneva, Ohio, to compete at the 2018 BIG EAST Championships where the women try for their third-straight team title and the men aim for their second in three years at the SPIRE Institute, Friday-Saturday, May 11-12.
The Golden Eagles are sending a combined 74 student-athletes to Ohio, including 35 on the women’s team, which seeks its third-consecutive outdoor team title. Action begins Friday at 9 a.m. Central time with multi events for women (heptathlon) and men (decathlon). Field events are set for 10 a.m. CT followed by running events at 12 p.m. CT.
Saturday’s events, which begin with field events (11 a.m. CT) followed by track finals (12 p.m.), will determine the BIG EAST team champion. An awards ceremony is scheduled at the conclusion of the meet at approximately 4:40 p.m. CT.
The last time the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships were held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio was in 2016 and the Golden Eagles are hoping for a repeat showing that resulted in dual team titles - the first-ever for each program.
Both sides are looking for some retribution after taking narrow runner-up finishes at BIG EAST indoors back in February, where the women fell four points short to Villanova (152-148) and the men by eight points, also to Villanova (181-173).
The outdoor lists are littered with quality marks for the Golden Eagles as the women’s side features 12 top-three marks, including nine among field events. Going for history is senior Maya Marion, who became the league’s first three-time shot put champ a season ago, looks to make it four-straight as she currently has the BIG EAST’s top mark after her school-record setting performance on Friday, which earned her BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week honors.
Terica Harris is the reigning long and triple jump champion (indoor and outdoor) and BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Meet (indoor and outdoor), but currently sits in a close second among BIG EAST leaders in each event during outdoor competition. Also aiming to be a repeat champion is Gemma Tedeschi in the pole vault.
Marin McClowry, Lindsey Mirkes and Breanne Marchan occupy the top-three spots in the high jump. McClowry led the trio with her first indoor high jump title in February. Keely Knobbe (discus) also holds a top spot entering Friday.
Monique Felix, who has dominated in multi events during her first two seasons with three outdoor titles and two runner-up finishes, missed BIG EAST indoors due to injury and will also be out for this weekend’s championship.
The men’s side has 19 top-three marks, including a pair of relays, and five event leaders entering action on Friday. Joshua Word is atop the list in the 100-meter dash and ranks a close second in the 200-meter dash.
The Chicago native won the 60-meter indoor title back in February and, along with Connor Boos who has come on strong of late, is prepared to avenge last season’s injury bug that derailed them during the 2017 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships. Amid the cold and rainy conditions at Villanova on the final day last year, both Word and Boos suffered dramatic injuries that prevented them from contending in the 100- and 200-meter dash finals, as well as the 4x100 relay in which they were the favorite to win.
Daniel Armstrong is going for his second-straight outdoor title in the high jump following a second-straight indoor title that qualified him for indoor NCAA's back in March.
Joel Swanberg set a school record at UW-Whitewater a couple weeks ago and will seek his first outdoor pole vault title since his freshman season back in 2014. The Manhattan, Illinois, native won this season’s indoor crown as well.
Brendan McKinney, who placed third in both the hammer and discus in 2017, has the league’s top hammer mark this season, while William Eggers seeks his second decathlon title following an indoor heptathlon crown earlier this year.
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