Marquette Track and Field Unveils 2014-15 Schedule
Nov. 20, 2014
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s and women’s track and field teams have announced their schedules for the 2014-15 indoor and outdoor seasons.
“I am excited about this year’s schedule,” Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. “One change is that the BIG EAST Indoor Championship will now take place on the traditional conference meet weekend at the end of February. That gives us an extra tune-up weekend to work with and another week to prepare for the championship.”
The Golden Eagles will participate in 22 meets, including regular season and conference championship meets, and will host the Marquette vs. Milwaukee Dual at Valley Fields, on Friday, April 10.
For the eighth consecutive year, Marquette will begin indoor competition at the Blue and Gold Invitational at Notre Dame on Friday, Dec. 5. Each of the last two seasons, MU has claimed four event titles at the meet, with junior John Kaplan and sophomore Omo Tseumah, claiming victories in men’s pole vault and women’s high jump, respectively, last season.
Following winter break, Marquette will head to Madison, Wisconsin to compete in the Badger Classic, on Jan. 17 before returning to Milwaukee to compete in the John Tierney Invitational on Jan. 23, an event hosted by UW-Milwaukee.
The final event in January for the Golden Eagles is the Jack Johnson Invitational on Jan. 30-31 at the University of Minnesota.
On the first weekend in February, MU will compete twice, splitting the squad between the Meyo Invitational on Feb 6-7 at Notre Dame and the UW-Parkside Classic in Somers, Wisconsin on Saturday, Feb. 7.
The following weekend, the Golden Eagles will compete at the GVSU BIG Meet in Allendale, Michigan. This will be the third consecutive season in which MU will compete in the event.
Marquette will again split its squad on Feb. 20 and 21 in both the Red & White Open in Madison and the Panther Tune-Up, hosted by Milwaukee at the Klotsche Center.
The BIG EAST Conference Indoor Championships will be held on Feb. 28 and March 1 at The Armory in New York City and the NCAA Indoor Championships will conclude the indoor campaign on March 13-14 in Arkansas. Senior William Koeck will look to return to the NCAA Indoor Championships, where he competed as an NCAA Second Team All-American last season.
The outdoor season begins with the Texas Relays, at the University of Texas, on March 26-28, while another portion of the full squad will begin the campaign at the Bill Cornell Classic, hosted by Southern Illinois on March 27-28.
“Another change to this year’s schedule is a trip to the Texas Relays at the end of March,” Rogers said. “With the first round of the NCAA taking pace in Austin this year, we wanted to get the team out to Texas to take advantage of the warmer weather and to get a feel for the facility.”
MU will kick off the month of April with the EIU Big Blue Invitational at Eastern Illinois from April 2-4 and the Golden Eagles will host the Marquette vs. Milwaukee Dual at Valley Fields on April 10.
Marquette will then make its annual trip to California to compete in the Mt. SAC Relays on April 16-18, the Bryan Clay Invitational on April 17 and the Long Beach Invitational on April 18.
On April 24-25, MU will compete in the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. This marks the second consecutive year that the Golden Eagles will compete at Drake.
MU will then close out the month of April when it heads to Lisle, Illinois to compete in the Benedictine Twilight on April 24.
Competition in May begins with the Dave Rankin Invitational at Purdue University. The following week, Marquette will travel to Villanova for the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships on May 8-9.
The final regular season meet for the Golden Eagles will be the Gregory Invitational on May 14-15 at North Central College.
Postseason action kicks off with the NCAA Preliminary Round in Texas on May 28-30, while the NCAA Championships will be held on June 10-13 in Eugene, Oregon.
Seniors William Koeck and Bret Hardin, along with junior transfer Wally Ellenson and sophomore John Krzyszkowski will all look to head back to the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds, where they each competed in 2014.
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