Marquette Men Claim Badger Opener Crown
Sept. 9, 2011
VERONA, Wis. – Senior distance runners Blake Johnson and Peter Bolgert once again paced the Marquette University men’s cross country team to a meet title Friday evening at Wisconsin’s Badger Opener in Verona, Wis.
“Both the men and women ran well with Blake Johnson and Peter Bolgert right at the top again on the men’s side,” Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. “Sarah Ball and Kenzie Vicker ran together most of the way with Sarah edging Kenzie out at the finish line. It was a step in the right direction and we are excited to get out and compete next weekend at the National Catholic Invitational.”
Johnson ran a time of 18:21 in the six-kilometer race to place second after an individual title performance at last Friday’s Crusader Open in Valparaiso, Ind. Bolgert, who finished second to Johnson at Valpo, was third Friday evening in 18:25.
The MU men notched a total of 26 places to finish ahead of meet-host Wisconsin (29) and Edgewood College (80).
Ball led the women with a time of 18:55 to finish ninth, barely ahead of Vicker’s 10th-place mark of 18:56. Vicker, a native of Whitefish Bay, Wis., whose older sister Sam and twin sister Mady play on the Marquette women’s soccer team, was MU’s top finisher at the Crusader Open and continued the strong start to her freshman campaign.
Junior Christina Sliepka , freshman Elisa Meyle and sophomore Hannah Frett were the other three runners in the top five for the Golden Eagles.
The Marquette women’s 50 points ranked second to Wisconsin’s 15 and ahead of Edgewood’s 85.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Friday, Sept. 16 on the Notre Dame Golf Course at the National Catholic Invitational.