Women Second at National Catholic Championships
Sept. 19, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Junior Kellie Greenwood placed third overall at the National Catholic Championships on Friday afternoon at the Notre Dame Golf Course to help the Marquette University women's cross country team to a second-place finish, its highest at the meet since 2006. The men were led by freshman Alec Miller's 16th-place finish and placed fifth overall.
"Wow. What a performance today by Kellie Greenwood," Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. "She had an awesome race and put herself in a great spot in the lead pack and was in a battle with the top runners from the get go.The whole women's team in general had a nice day. Kayla Spencer had a great race and Meghan Carroll is really stepping up and doing a great job for us as a freshman. Our goal was to be in the top two - Xavier beat us at conference last year and we were able to beat them today."
Greenwood's finish is the highest for a Marquette runner since Jayne Grebinski placed second in 2006 and her 5,000-meter time of 17:29.65 is the fastest for an MU runner in over a decade at the meet. Greenwood placed ninth last year and shaved almost 20 seconds off her time from a year ago.
Kayla Spencer, Greenwood's classmate, placed ninth overall in a time of 18:02.00. Spencer was followed by freshmen Meghan Carroll (19th, 18:35.83), Jennifer Parker (21st, 18:39.72) and Jessica Parker (24th, 18:43.25) in places 3-5 for the Golden Eagles.
Alec Miller, who was also the MU men's top finisher at the Badger Opener on Sept. 5, notched a 5-mile time of 25:37.45. Sophomore Nate Gomoll (25:46.05) and freshman Jack Carpenter (25:50.88) finished in close proximity of Miller and were 21th and 23rd, respectively.
"We were dominated by youth on the men's side," Nelson said. "It is nice to have freshmen up at the top but we need the upperclassmen need to start pulling the load a little bit. It is taking them a little longer to get going that we would like.
"Our freshman really carried the load for us. Alec Miller, what a phenomenal performance and a sophomore Nate Gomoll did great as well. Without our freshman right now we would be in trouble. If we can get our upperclassmen to match what our freshmen are doing we will be headed in the right direction."
The Golden Eagles return to action on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
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