Koeck, Winter and Schuh Share Track & Field MVP Honors
Sept. 30, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams held their annual awards dinner at the Alumni Memorial Union Sports Annex Sunday evening to reveal their honorees for the 2012-13 school year.
“I am very proud of our 2013 award winners," Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. "All are great examples of where hard work and determination will take you. Though tonight was about celebrating the successes of the past season, with two of our MVP’s returning in 2014, our future looks bright.”
Graduated senior Kyle Winter and current junior William Koeck claimed co-most valuable performer honors on the men’s side, while Carlye Schuh won the MVP for the women for the second consecutive season.
Winter, the captain of the men’s squad during his senior season, earned the BIG EAST Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete Award in 2012-13 and was one of MU's top performers throughout his career. During the indoor campaign, he set the No. 2 mark on MU's all-time list in the 500-meter run at the Notre Dame Blue & Gold Invitational and set a new program record of 1:19.07 in the 600-meter run at the Grand Valley State University Big Meet.
Winter finished the indoor season with a sixth-place finish in the 800-meter run at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio and placed fourth at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in the 800. He also went on to finish 26th in the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds.
Koeck, also a BIG EAST All-Academic team selection, participated in both the indoor and outdoor campaigns for the Golden Eagles during his sophomore season. Koeck specialized in the weight throw during the indoor season, and posted BIG EAST qualifying marks at four meets, including a third-place finish and a new personal-best at the Bill Bergan Classic. The Winneconne, Wis., native placed eighth in the weight throw at the BIG EAST indoor meet with a toss of 17.75 meters (58 feet, 3 inches).
Koeck registered a total of four first-place finishes when competing in the hammer throw during the outdoor season, including when he set the Marquette record at the Benedictine Twilight with a mark of 59.91 meters (196 feet, 6 inches). He placed fourth in the hammer throw at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships and went to compete in the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds of the NCAA Championships for the first time in his career and placed 32nd overall.
Schuh notched BIG EAST All-Academic honors and was named All-BIG EAST in the women's outdoor long jump as a junior. Appleton, Wis., native set the Marquette indoor women's long jump record at the Bill Bergan Invitational with a leap of 5.93 meters (19 feet, 5 1/2 inches) to win the event and placed fifth in the long jump and 15th in the triple jump at the BIG EAST BIG EAST Indoor Championships.
Schuh topped her own program record in the long jump at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships with a distance of 6.13 meters (20 feet, 1 1/2 inches) to place second in the event and garner the first All-BIG EAST honors of her career. She then went on to compete in the West Preliminary Rounds of the NCAA Championships (Austin, Texas) for the first time in the long jump.
Brendan Franz and Sarah MacCourtney earned most improved honors for the men and women, respectively. Franz turned into a contributor for the Golden Eagles in the middle distances and placed 10th at the BIG EAST indoor meet in the 1,000-meter run.
MacCourtney, the women’s team captain, was named BIG EAST all-Academic and all-USTFCCCA Academic for her outstanding achievements during her senior campaign. During the outdoor season, the Rochester Hills, Mich., native tied for 15th in the high jump at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Austin, Texas. MacCourtney also earned the team’s academic award, after graduating in the spring of 2013 with bachelor's degree in biomechanical engineering and was in the top 10 percent of her graduating class.
Kaplan, the Dallas, Texas native, recorded a new Marquette freshman record in the indoor pole vault and placed himself in the top four all-time at Marquette in both the indoor and outdoor events.
Rice competed in both the indoor and outdoor BIG EAST Championships as a rookie, while also running as a member of the men's 4x400-meter relay squad.
Pashibin posted the No. 3 mark on Marquette's all-time list in the high jump and a new freshman record indoors, with a fifth-place finish at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships at a height of 1.75 meters (5 feet, 8 3/4 inches). The Minneapolis, Minn., native competed in the high jump in the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, and was also named BIG EAST All-Academic and USTFCCCA All-Academic.
In addition to MacCourtney's academic award, graduated senior Connor Callahan earned the men's team academic award.