Marquette XC Dominates at UW-Parkside
Sept. 9, 2017
KENOSHA, Wis. – It was another solid outing for the Marquette University men’s and women’s cross country teams, which both took home team victories at the Vic Godfrey Open on Saturday.
“Overall, a successful day for both teams,” said head coach Mike Nelson. “We had solid front-running, we had the middle of our pack running strong and together, and we had great depth throughout the race.
“Both races were fun to watch and both teams competed well,” Nelson added. “One of the things we were trying to focus on today was pack running, running together and encouraging one another and we did just that.”
The women’s team was led once again by Jessica Parker, who edged her sister Jennifer Parker for the individual meet victory. Jessica’s time of 17:47.6 was 4 seconds faster than runner-up Jennifer. Impressively, MU placed its top-six runners in the top-15 overall.
Newcomer and graduate transfer Lauren Fuqua finished third on the team and sixth overall, while Mary Hanson was right behind in seventh place. Meghan Carroll had a strong effort, taking fifth on the team and 12th in the race, while Emily Foley and Nora Keller completed MU’s top-seven runners with a 15th and 18th place finish, respectively.
In the field of 163 runners, an additional five Golden Eagles snuck into the top-25 as Caitlin McGauley, Abigail Busse, Linda Varela, Courtney Dugan and Alison Parker validated coach Nelson’s compliments regarding the team’s depth. MU totaled 28 points for the team win.
On the men’s side, last week’s top finisher and reigning BIG EAST Athlete of the Week Alec Miller was poised for another strong effort, taking third overall with a time of 25:15.8, but was bested narrowly by sophomore Daniel Pederson, who was MU’s top finisher for the first time in his career. His time of 25:14.4 was runner-up to UW-Parkside’s Armando Torres, who took home the win with a time of 25:04.3.
Jon Klaiber turned in a solid time to give MU three in the top-four with Aric Miller (7th place) and Brad Eagan (11th) not far behind. Ryan Burd (13th) and Alex Gill (21st) gave MU a solid 27 team points to take first in the meet.
Several others among the likes of Kevin Ryan, Henry Mierzwa, Paolo Tiongson and Max Barbour also turned in top-30 finishes in a field totaling 167 runners.
Women's Team Results
1 Marquette 16 2 Wis.-Milwaukee 57
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