Cross Country Women Sixth, Men 18th at Bradley Classic
Oct. 16, 2015
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A female runner had yet to break a time of 21:05 on a 6K course under ninth-year head coach Mike Nelson, but it nearly happened twice today. Junior Brittney Feivor demolished the mark by running a time of 20:36 and taking sixth overall, while sophomore Jennifer Parker finished 17th with a time of 21:05.
"It was an interesting race because there were a couple teams in there that I'm surprised beat us," Nelson said. "We were sixth place, but only 11 points out of third.
"Overall, I thought the women had a really great day - a spectacular race," Nelson said. "The story of the day was definitely Brittney's time, but we had several personal bests on the day."
The team's sixth place finish out of 30 teams was predicated on an all around solid performance up and down the lineup. Impressively, senior Kayla Spencer put together her best race of the season, taking third on the team and finishing 39th overall with a time of 21:36.
Meanwhile, junior Clare McDonald perhaps ran her best-ever race - most certainly as a collegiate - with a time of 21:44, which was good for 53rd place overall. Freshman Nora Keller was fifth on the team and 99th overall with a time of 22:09, while Abigail Busse (22:19) and Nicole Ethier (22:29) rounded out MU's top-seven.
On the men's side, sophomore Alec Miller led the team for the fourth time this season, but didn't have a particularly impressive performance even though he finished a respectable 79th overall with a time of 25:20.
"Alec had a little bit of an off day," Nelson said. "He was feeling a little bit under the weather, but he'll bounce back and be ready for the BIG EAST Championships in two weeks."
As a team, the Golden Eagles finished in a disappointing 18th place, but it had to do with a bit of misfortune.
"The majority of the team ran pretty well," Nelson said. "Several guys set personal bests, but with about 600 meters to go freshman Jon Klaiber, who was our number one guy at the time, dropped out. He got out a little too hard and then started feeling light headed."
Nelson said Klaiber was feeling better after the race concluded and, with a few days recovery, should be ready to go.
"I'm disappointed with where the team placed, but I'm not disappointed with how the majority of the guys ran today," Nelson said. "Jon will bounce back and be alright. He's a really tough competitor and made a rookie mistake today, but he'll be okay."
Marquette's second-10th runners were all within a minute of each other. Senior William Hennessy placed third on the team and 82nd overall with a time of 25:24, while freshman Brad Eagan was right behind with a time of 25:24.3, good for third on the squad and 83rd overall.
Junior Cody Haberkorn was 89th overall and only 6 seconds further back with a time of 25:30, while sophomore Jack Carpenter took 108th with a time of 25:53. Freshman Henry Mierzwa (25:54) and sophomore Mitchell Kwapick (25:54) rounded out MU's top-seven by finishing with the same time.
"It was a good competition and I think it sets up both teams going into the BIG EAST Conference meet," Nelson said. "It's going to be a dog fight there in two weeks."
The BIG EAST Conference Championships are next on the docket for Marquette as Xavier hosts the event just outside of Cincinnati on Saturday, Oct. 31.
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