Track & Field Selects 2010-11 Team Captains

Nov. 17, 2010

MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University's men's and women's track and field squads announced their team captains for the 2010-2011 season. The men's team selected Joe Kohut, Tyler O'Brien and Brice Cleland, while the women elected Olivia Johnson, Alyssa Stevens and Catherine Benage

"This year's captains are all very strong leaders, who have put in their time to earn the respect of their teammates," said head coach Bert Rogers. "It worked out this year that in voting we had one person in each event group selected."

O'Brien will be competing in his fourth season and holds the school records in the indoor 60-meter dash (6.94 seconds), the 200 (21.87) and the 300 (34.73). In the outdoor events, he holds the school record and freshman record in the 200-meter dash (21.23) and is also the freshman record holder and No. 2 overall in the outdoor 100 (10.55). 

Kohut begins his fifth season with the Golden Eagles as a shot put and discus thrower. His personal bests include a 50 feet, 3/4 inch toss in the indoor shot put, a 51-0.25 throw in the outdoor shot put and a 134-1 throw in the discus. 

Another fifth-year senior, Cleland just finished his final cross country campaign and looks to continue his leadership role on the track.  His indoor events include the mile and the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs.  His fastest times are 4:20.25, 8:37.74, and 14:46.28, respectively. His outdoor events include personal bests in the 1,500 (4:05.45), 3,000 (8:53.53), 5,000 (14:42.91) and the 10,000 (31:06.28).

"Joe Kohut is a leader recognized by not only our team but by the entire department as his position as SAAC President allows him to play a key role in the lives of our student-athletes," Rogers said. "Brice Cleland has done a nice job this season as cross country captain and he will carry that leadership role over to the track. In the sprints group, Tyler O'Brien has shown a lot of growth as a leader. He set numerous records on the track his freshman year but has really matured to become a strong leader of a young sprinting group."

On the women's side, Johnson will look to continue the strides made during her final cross country season.  Her indoor events include the 600 (1:40.5), 800 (2:14.24), mile (4:53.71), and the 3,000 (10:08.52).  During the outdoor seasons, Johnson has competed and raced well in the 800 (2:12), 1,500 (4:28.01), 3,000 (10:19.48) and the 5,000 (17:06.80). She is fourth all-time in the 1,500, fifth all-time in the mile, and 10th all time in the indoor 800.

Begining her fourth season at Marquette, Stevens will focus on the middle-distance events. Stevens has competed in the 400 (1:01.96), 500 (1:20.27), 600 (1:40.78), and 1,000 (3:15.96) indoors and is 10th all time in the 500. In her outdoor career, she has competed in the 800 (2:20.13) and the 400 hurdles (1:04.63).

Throwing only the javelin for the fourth season, Benage, with a personal best of 129 feet, will wait until the outdoor season to compete. 

"Olivia Johnson leads by example and has earned her teammates respect by just getting it done everyday. Catherine Benage has been around a long time and is the same as Olivia in that she just takes care of business. Alyssa Stevens has had ups and downs in her career with all the injuries, but has earned the respect of a large group of young long sprinters," said Rogers.

The Marquette track and field squads will begin the indoor season Friday, Dec. 3 at Notre Dame in the annual Blue and Gold Invitational.




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