O'Brien and Roth Named 2010-11 Track & Field MVPs
Sept. 29, 2011
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams recently gathered at the Union Sports Annex to reveal their team awards for the 2010-11 school year.
O'Brien competed only during the outdoor season but topped his school record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.05 seconds in his preliminary heat at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in Villanova, Pa. The Rocky Hill, Conn., native finished second in the 200 final and went on to compete in the West Preliminary Round of the 2011 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., where he fell one spot short of qualifying for the national quarterfinal at the NCAA Championships.
Roth also earned a spot in the West Preliminary Rounds of the 2011 NCAA Championships in the weight throw. The Capistrano Beach, Calif., native finished her career at MU No. 4 on the all-time Marquette weight throw list with a top mark of 180 feet, 7 inches (55.04 meters) at the Stan Lyons Invitational on April 30. She placed in the top-three five times during the season and notched a weight throw victory at the USF Open.
Kyle Winter and Alyssa Davis took home most improved honors for the men and women, respectively. Winter notched a surprising fifth-place finish at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in the 800-meter run and competed at the West NCAAs. Davis moved into second place in Marquette history in the triple jump with a distance of 40 feet, 2 ¾ inches at the outdoor conference championships.
Other NCAA preliminary round participants to be recognized were Bret Hardin, who earned men's freshman of the year, while Nick Szczech was honored with the men's student-athlete award after claiming Capital One Academic All-District V First Team and USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.
Freshmen Carlye Schuh and Kristen Gaffey shared the women's freshman of the year honors.
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