Marquette Competes Well at NCAA Pre-Nats
Oct. 15, 2016
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Despite unseasonably warm conditions at the NCAA Pre-Nationals Invitational held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course at Indiana State on Saturday, the Marquette University men’s and women’s cross country teams performed well in their final tune-up before the BIG EAST Championships in less than two weeks.
The Marquette men’s team took seventh out of 20 teams in their 8-kilometer event, while the women took 37th out of 42 teams in their 6-kilometer race. For the men, freshman Daniel Pederson paced the squad for the first time this season. The Spooner, Wisconsin native finished in 26th place out of more than 130 runners with a time of 25:29.5.
Brad Eagan was second on the team, taking 30th place with a time of 25:41.2, followed by Alec Miller’s time of 25:42.2 – good for 31st place. It was the first time since the final race of the 2014 season that Miller hadn’t been Marquette’s top finisher, a span of nine straight races of leading the team.
Alec’s twin brother, Aric Miller, was the team’s fourth top-finisher, taking 65th with a time of 26:14.9. Rounding out the team’s top-seven were Jack Carpenter (81st; 26:31.1), Jon Klaiber (93rd; 26:43.7) and Ryan Burd (95th; 26:45.4).
"Overall the men ran well today,” Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. “We beat a few teams that beat us at Louisville a few weeks ago and adding Daniel (Pederson) to the mix was huge. We are moving in the right direction."
On the women’s side, the Golden Eagles were without their top-runner Kellie Greenwood, who is overcoming an illness. But it was Brittney Feivor who picked up the slack with a 79th place finish out of nearly 300 runners with a time of 21:16.2 in the 6-kilometer race. Jennifer Parker was close behind with a time of 21:33.6, good for 109th.
"I was happy with the way the ladies competed today,” Nelson said. “They showed grit and toughness in a very difficult environment. We hoped to place higher, but I was proud of the effort they gave. This was a great tune-up as we now enter the championship portion of the season."
Clare McDonald was the team’s third finisher with a time of 22:24.9, while Meghan Carroll (22:25.8) and Jessica Parker (22:34.6) were close behind. Rounding out the top-seven for the women were Abigail Busse (23:02.4) and Mary Hanson (23:06.3).
Marquette now looks ahead to the BIG EAST Championships, to be hosted by St. John’s University at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y. on Friday, Oct. 28.
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