Track & Field Announces 2017-18 Team Captains

Nov. 30, 2017

MILWAUKEE – Head coach Bert Rogers Marquette University track and field coaching staff has announced the team's captains for the 2017-18 season set to get underway Friday, Dec. 1.

The Golden Eagles return top talent across the board for a women’s team defending back-to-back indoor and outdoor team titles, while the men’s team is fresh off indoor and outdoor runner-up finishes, not far removed from the first outdoor team title back in 2016.

The women feature three returning captains in seniors Cassy Goodrich, Maya Marion and Gemma Tedeschi, and two first-time captains in senior twin sisters Jennifer and Jessica Parker.

Goodrich anchors the sprinting core with a decorated career through her first three seasons. The Franksville, Wis., native returns to the track after injuries sidelined her to miss the outdoor season in 2017. A 13-time BIG EAST medalist and two-time regional qualifier, Goodrich also holds records in the indoor 200m, 300m, 400m and 600m, and outdoor 200m and 400m.

Marion became the first three-time BIG EAST outdoor shot put champion last season and will look to make it a perfect four when May rolls around. The Aurora, Ill., native won an indoor shot put title as a sophomore and claimed her second silver medal in the event last season.

Tedeschi holds school records in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault. The Palmer Lake, Colo., native has five combined BIG EAST medals in the event. She finished runner-up at outdoors a season ago, but looks forward to defending her BIG EAST indoor crown after a school-record setting performance in 2017.


 

 

Jennifer Parker ranks among Marquette’s top-10 all-time in six events, indoor and outdoor combined. The Neenah, Wis., native was All-BIG EAST in both the indoor and outdoor 4x800-meter relays last season. She’s coming off a strong cross country campaign where she paced the Golden Eagles in three of their seven races.

Jessica Parker had her best cross country season, finishing first on the team in the other four races in 2017 and placing 22nd at the BIG EAST Championships. On the track side, she finished fourth in the 1,500 meters at BIG EAST Outdoors and broke the 800-meter school record to qualify for her first NCAA Preliminary meet, where she took 14th overall.

The men’s team boasts four first-time captains, but veteran leaders in their own right in seniors William Ford, Alec Miller, junior Austin Stellpflug and graduate student Joel Swanberg.

Ford and Swanberg lead a talented group of jumpers into this season. Ford was All-BIG EAST in the pole vault at both indoors and outdoors in 2017, including his first individual outdoor title in the event. The McHenry, Ill., native also holds the indoor crown from 2016 when he set the school record of 16 feet, 1.25 inches, which still stands today.

Swanberg returns to competition after taking a redshirt year to complete his engineering co-op. The graduate student has enjoyed a decorated career thus far, highlighted by three BIG EAST heptathlon titles, two indoor pole vault titles, an outdoor pole vault title and 16 medals combined.

Stellpflug has nine top-10 finishes at both the BIG EAST indoor and outdoor meets, combined. He guides a strong group of throwers heading into the 2017-18 season. The Galesville, Wis., native registered top-10 performances at the league championships last year in all of his events at the indoor (shot put, weight throw) and outdoor (discus, hammer, shot put) championships.

Miller, who leads the distance group, recently completed his final season of cross country where he claimed All-BIG EAST accolades for the second year in a row. The West Bend, Wis., native holds the No. 2 mark all-time in the 800 meters and three additional top-10 marks combined. Last season, he finished seventh in the indoor mile and fifth in the outdoor 800 meters. 

The Golden Eagles head to Notre Dame on Friday for their soft open to the start of 2017-18 before a long break prior to the official start to the indoor season on Jan. 20.

Women's Captains: Cassy Goodrich, Maya Marion, Jennifer Parker, Jessica Parker, Gemma Tedeschi

Men's Captains: William Ford, Alec Miller, Austin Stellpflug, Joel Swanberg

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