Marquette Men Second, Women Fifth at Bradley Classic

Sarah Poirier was one of three freshmen in the women's top five.

Oct. 12, 2012

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PEORIA, Ill. – The Marquette University men’s and women’s cross country teams competed Friday afternoon at the Bradley Classic in Peoria, Ill., at the Newman Golf Course. The men placed second overall in the championship race while the women were fifth.

“Things went really well for both teams and I think it was a solid performance on the day,” Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. “It was a great team effort on both sides and I was impressed with the way we stuck our nose in there and battled the whole time. It seemed like we were the aggressors in the races and we were the ones passing people at the end and sneaking out a few extra points. We were really aggressive and it was great to see.”

Senior Jack Hackett led the men’s squad with a fifth-place finish in an eight second personal-best time of 24:32. Classmates Connor Callahan (14th) and Patrick Maag (24th) followed Hackett as MU’s second and third runners in times of 24:55 and 25:06, respectively. Callahan led the MU men at each of the first three meets to being the campaign.

Senior Jack Senefeld (30th, 25:21), freshmen Cody Haberkorn (21st, 25:22) and William Hennessy (35th, 25:28), and redshirt freshman David Sajdak (48th, 25:49) finished fourth through seventh for the Golden Eagles.

In her first career six-kilometer race, freshman Molly Hanson led the Marquette women for the third-straight meet in a time of 21:34. Three of the top five finishers for the MU women were freshman, led by Hanson in ninth place. Sarah Poirier was 30th with a time of 21:56, while Kayla Spencer was 50th in 22:17.

Junior Hannah Frett (37th, 21:59) and senior Christina Sliepka (46th, 22:14) were MU’s third and fourth runners.

“I was super impressed with Jack Hackett on the men’s side in a personal-best time with a strong performance. It was a great first 6k for Molly Hanson. We went out and attacked the course and did a nice job. The weather was good, especially for the last two races of the day, pretty ideal conditions, and we were happy with how we ran.”

Nelson noted that the Marquette women averaged a time of  21:59 Friday afternoon, over half a minute better than last season’s mark of 22:32 at the Bradley Classic.

Southern Illinois University won the men’s championship race with 54 total places, while Illinois State captured the women’s title with 102 places.

The Golden Eagles return to action on Friday, Oct. 26 at the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Cross Country Championships, hosted by St. John's, at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y. The Marquette men tied their best BIG EAST finish in 2011 with a seventh-place finish at E.P. `Tom' Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., while the women finished ninth. The conference meet was last held at Van Cortlandt Park in 2008.




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