Six Golden Eagles Set For NCAA West Prelims in Austin

Junior Wally Ellenson is seeking his third trip to nationals after claiming All-American honors in each of the previous two outdoor seasons.
May 26, 2015

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MILWAUKEE -- The road to Eugene, Oregon runs through Austin, Texas as six student-athletes of the Marquette University track and field program get set to compete at the 2015 NCAA West Region Preliminary Round hosted by the University of Texas beginning Thursday, May 28.

Wally Ellenson (high jump), Brittney Feivor (5,000m), Cassy Goodrich (400m), Kathryn Koeck (hammer), William Koeck (hammer) and John Krzyszkowski (javelin) will represent the Blue and Gold at the NCAA West Preliminaries. Athletes with the top 12 times/marks and the best 12 relay teams at both the East and West prelims will qualify for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, June 10-13.

Ellenson, who has enjoyed a terrific first season at Marquette, currently has the 11th-best high jump mark in the West with a height of 2.19 meters (7-2.25 feet). The junior swept the BIG EAST Conference Championships with high jump titles in both the indoor and outdoor seasons and is poised for another shot at a national title.

The Rice Lake, Wisconsin nativefinished as runner-up at the 2014 Outdoor Championships with a height of 2.25 meters (7-4.5 feet) following an eighth-place finish in 2013 - both coming as a member of the University of Minnesota. He placed third at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships earlier this year with a height of 2.23 meters (7-3.75 feet).

Feivor makes her first regional appearance after qualifying in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:32.93, which she accomplished with an eighth-place finish at the Drake Relays in late-April. The sophomore recorded a win in the 5,000 at the Big Blue Classic back on April 3, and took third at the BIG EAST Championships two weeks ago.

Goodrich has emerged onto the scene as one of the top freshman in the BIG EAST Conference and qualified for regionals in the 400-meter dash after taking second place at the conference championships with a time of 54.12 seconds -- a personal best.

The brother-sister combination of William and Kathryn Koeck has dominated the hammer throw in 2015. Both are Marquette school-record holders in the event and both were crowned BIG EAST Conference champions. They head to Austin hopeful for a national qualifying berth.

Krzyszkowski is a two-time BIG EAST Conference champion in the javelin after his runaway victory with a throw of 64.97 meters (213-2 feet) just 18 days ago. The Mississauga, Ontario native improved on his mark at the Aggie Last Chance meet, falling 3 inches shy of his school-record with a throw of 65.23 meters (214-0 feet).

Marquette Entries/Event Times - Thursday, May 28 - Saturday, May 30
Kathryn Koeck - Hammer - Thursday, 2 p.m. CT
Wally Ellenson - High Jump - Thursday, 6 p.m. CT
Cassy Goodrich - 400 (First Round) - Thursday, 7:20 p.m. CT; 400 (Quarterfinal) - Friday, 6 p.m. CT
William Koeck - Hammer - Friday, 2 p.m. CT
John Krzyszkowski - Javelin - Saturday, 12 p.m. CT
Brittney Feivor - 5,000 - Saturday, 8:05 p.m. CT

*Times subject to change




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