Marquette Track and Field Announces 14 Newcomers for 2011-12
July 12, 2011
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field programs have announced the addition of 14 student-athletes for the 2011-12 school year, head coach Bert Rogers announced Tuesday.
"We are excited about this incoming group, which we feel has great potential as a key component of the Marquette track and field and cross country teams," Rogers said. "We aren't adding as many athletes as we have in the past, but we have a lot of quality individuals to develop."
Joining the Marquette women's team will be Adriana Devoti (Albuquerque, N.M./St. Pius X), Mackenzie Hoffman (Wauwatosa, Wis./Wauwatosa West), Haley Loprieno (Algonquin, Ill./Huntley), Krista McClure (Bath, Ill.,/Havana), Elisia Meyle (North Aurora, Ill./West Aurora), Katie Tolan (Elm Grove, Wis./Brookfield East), Mackenzie Vicker (Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay) and Jessica Wright (Bellevue, Neb./Bellevue West).
The men's team will see the addition of Danny Brennan (River Forest, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest), Marc DiVerde (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge), Brendan Franz (Olympia, Wash./Bellarmine Prep), Blake Lawson (New Carlisle, Ind./New Prairie), D.T. McDonald (Oshkosh, Wis./Oshkosh Lourdes) and David Sajdak (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township).
The haul includes six student-athletes from Illinois and four from Wisconsin, in addition to runners from Indiana, Nebraska, New Mexico and Washington. Ten of the 14 will compete in the distance events and on the cross country team, while the other four will focus on sprints.
On the Newcomers...
"Adriana was more of a 100-200-meter sprinter in high school and will transition to be more of a 200-400-meter and relays sprinter at Marquette. She has some untapped talent a big upside that we look forward to develop. Her dad ran for coach `Bus' Shimek at Marquette in the 1970s, so it is cool to have that connection to the program." - Head Coach Bert Rogers
"Mackenzie is a local standout runner who brings leadership and commitment to Marquette along with her running abilities. She's excited about racing the longer distances and will likely leave Marquette an accomplished 10k runner." - Assistant Track and Field Coach/Head Cross Country Coach Mike Nelson
"Haley had a breakout senior track season where she lowered her 1,600-meter personal best by over 15 seconds. She's hitting her stride at the right time as she prepares to take on some of the nation's best runners in the BIG EAST Conference." - Nelson
"Krista is another who I think will really blossom at Marquette. Krista, along with Katie Tolan, will be keys to rebuilding our women's 800-meter sprint group. I am looking forward to getting her into our 800 training program as athletically she has the tools to really improve and compete at the collegiate level." -Rogers
"Elisia is another one who had an outstanding senior track season; dropping her best time in the 3,200 by 20 seconds. Because of some injuries suffered during her sophomore and junior seasons, I think she has a lot of room to improve once she gets to college. We're excited to see what she can do with a full year of healthy training." - Nelson
"Katie had a very good senior year at Brookfield East, and I know she is ready for the next step and competing in the BIG EAST. Katie along with Krista McClure will be keys to our rebuilding women's 800 sprinter group. She will really benefit from training at the collegiate level." - Rogers
"Fans of Marquette Athletics will be hearing the name Vicker a lot. Kenize will be on the track and cross country teams, her twin sister, Mady, will be on the women's soccer team, as is her older sister Sam. Kenzie brings a tremendous amount of enthusiasm along with her running talents and she will be a great asset to our program." - Nelson
"Jessica has had an interesting high school experience; spending time in both Nebraska and Alaska, where she was an all-state runner in both states. Having limited training opportunities during portions of her high school career, she has tremendous potential." - Nelson
"Danny had a very nice senior year and has a ton of potential. We will look for him to run anything from the 100 to the 400 and the relays. He will greatly benefit form training with Tyler O'Brien next year." - Rogers
"Marc had a breakout senior track season with several great performances. He solidified himself as one of the best 3,200-meter runners in the Illinois prep ranks." - Nelson
"We're excited about the addition of Brendan to the cross country and distance squad. He chose Marquette over several schools out west, and we're glad to be adding another strong miler. Brendan is a diverse athlete who will tackle multiple distances for us. He'll race everything from the 800 to the 5,000 meters, but his best event is probably the mile." - Nelson
"We have had a great tradition of successful Marquette cross country and distance athletes from Indiana. Blake will help add to that strong tradition. Unfortunately, Blake missed his senior track season due to an injury, but that has only increased his motivation to do well in college." - Nelson
"D.T. will be a tremendous addition to our already strong middle distance group. His strongest event is the mile, but I think he'll make major contributions in all of the relays at the BIG EAST Conference meet. He was the small school state champion in the 1,600-meter run and I suspect he'll be a sub 4:10 miler within a year or two." - Nelson
"David had some struggles during his senior year with injury and illness, but once he is healthy and training, he can be a big contributor for us. He has shown that he can compete with the best high school runners in the Midwest and we're excited to see what he can do at the college level." - Nelson