Cross Country Competes at Greater Louisville Classic
Sept. 29, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Marquette University men’s and women’s teams competed Saturday morning at the 11th Annual Greater Louisville Classic at E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park with the women notching a 22nd-place finish in the gold race and the men 23rd.
“I was happy with how we did on the women’s side today,” Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. “Our top five last year averaged 18:31 and this year it was around 18:16, which is really good. I was really impressed with the way the women competed and I thought they did a nice job and were much improved over last year.”
The women were led by freshman Molly Hanson who finished 88th in a time of 17:56. Hanson also led Marquette, which was without the services of Elisia Meyle and Kellie Greenwood Saturday due to illness, at the National Catholic Championships on Sept. 15.
Fellow freshman Sarah Poirier was MU’s second finisher at 115th overall in 18:06.81, while senior co-captain Christina Sliepka (139th, 18:16.51) finished third for the Golden Eagles. Junior Rebecca Pachuta was in Marquette’s top seven for the first time this year, placing fourth on the squad (174th overall) in 18:32.13.
Hannah Frett rounded out Marquette’s top five in 180th place, with a time of 18:37.87.
The women ran in a field which included seven teams ranked in the USTFCCCA Coaches’ Poll, including No. 1 Washington.
“It was a rough race on the men’s side, it just wasn’t our day,” Nelson said. “The guys were a little tired and we didn’t run the way we hoped we would. We will come back strong for our next meet at Wisconsin.”
The men’s top runners ran in the gold seeded race, which included No. 6 Texas and No. 8 Iona.
Senior Connor Callahan paced the Marquette men in 119th place with a time of 25:28.29, followed by Jack Hackett in 126th (25:30.57). Freshman Cody Haberkorn was Marquette’s third finisher in 145th place (25:44.66), followed by senior Patrick Maag (159th, 25:53.89) and Jack Senefeld (173th, 26:01.30) in his first action of the season.
The Golden Eagles take a week away from competition before the men's and women's squads split at a pair of meets on Friday, Oct. 12. The men will compete at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Verona, Wis., at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course, while the women will head to the Newman Golf Course in Peoria, Ill., for the Bradley Classic.
The Zimmer Championship Course is also the site of the 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Friday, Nov. 9.
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