Women Third, Men Fourth at National Catholic Meet
Sept. 20, 2013
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s cross country squad placed third and the men fourth on Friday, Sept. 20 at the 34th annual National Catholic Championships in Notre Dame, Ind.
“I thought the women ran a great race all the way around,” Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. “It was the best the ladies have run at Notre Dame in several years. I thought from top to bottom that all of them did a pretty darn good job and we had solid times overall.”
Sophomore Kellie Greenwood led the women’s squad for the second time in as many meets with a ninth-place overall finish in a time of 17:46.1. Freshman Brittney Feivor jumped from MU’s No. 4 runner in its first meet at the Wisconsin Opener on Sept. 6 to place second on the squad and 16th overall in 18:04.3.
Kayla Spencer, a sophomore from Elmhurst, Ill., was MU’s third runner once again in a time of 18:15.1 (19th overall) and freshman Alison Parker placed 24th in 18:27.1. Senior Sarah Ball (26th, 18:33.2), Rebecca Pachuta and Mariah Frank rounded out Marquette’s top seven.
“We had a rough day today on the men’s side,” Nelson said. “I wouldn’t say that everyone ran poorly, but it was not our best effort. I believe the men are a lot better than they showed today and it was a mediocre performance.”
For the second meet this season, sophomore Andres Tineo-Paz placed third on the squad in a time of 26:18.1, good for 26th overall. Sophomore Cody Haberkorn and redshirt sophomore David Sajdak rounded out the men’s top five, while Patrick Campbell and Nate Gomoll were also in MU’s top seven.
Marquette’s women’s squad placed third at last season’s championship, while the men were also fourth.
MU's men's squad claimed the first three team titles (1980-82) in the championship, which dates back to 1980, while former MU All-American Keith Hanson (1983-86) claimed three individual titles and Dave Uhrich one. The women have won three team titles (1995, 2001, 2006).
Golden Eagles will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Greater Louisville Classic at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.
Men – Division I
1. NOTRE DAME – 20 places
Women - Division I
1. NOTRE DAME – 21