Marquette Women Place Fourth, Men 14th, at Bradley Classic
Oct. 17, 2014
PEORIA, Illinois - The Marquette University women's cross country team placed fourth out of 30 teams, and the men's team placed 14th, at the Bradley "Pink" Classic in Peoria, Illinois on Friday, Oct. 17 at the Newman Golf Course.
"The women were fourth out of 30 teams and we weren't far out of second place," Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. "Kellie (Greenwood) led the way for us and I believe had the second-fastest time I have ever coached at Marquette. A fantastic race for Kellie and Kayla (Spencer) was second. It was nice to see the Parker twins (Jennifer and Jessica) step up and run the way I knew they were capable of running."
Kellie Greenwood paced the MU women, finishing sixth (21:07.6) in the championship 6,000-meter race. Kayla Spencer (16th, 21:40.2), Jennifer Parker (33rd, 22:05.3), Brittney Feivor (37th, 22:08.6) and Jessica Parker (43rd, 22:13.6) rounded out the top-five finishers for the Golden Eagles.
"It was the best race of the year for the women and they did a nice job," Nelson said. "But as all of them said afterwards, we have more in the tank."
Greenwood, Spencer, and both Parker twins finished with new 6k personal bests. MU's top five finished with 135 points, good for fourth-place overall.
Last season at the Bradley Classic, Greenwood finished 12th, where she set her previous PR of 21:25. Feivor wasn't too far behind Greenwood last year finishing 18th, while also setting her current personal record of 21:37.
Alec Miller finished 54th overall (25:45.8) as the top finisher for the MU men in the championship 8,000-meter race. Blake Lawson (66th, 25:55.8), Jack Carpenter (69th, 25:57.9), David Sajdak (71st, 25:58.2) and Nate Gomoll (76th, 26:00.4) completed the top five for MU.
"We had an okay day on the men's side, it was definitely better than our Roy Griak performance," Nelson said. "It wasn't quite what we were hoping for with a top-10 finish, but we are headed in the right direction. Years past a lot of the guys were getting tired at this time of year and that is not the case now and I think we are getting better each week. We will have our best races as we move into the championships portion of our schedule."
Miller, Carpenter and Gomoll set new 8k personal bests as the top-five MU men finished with 336 points.
"Alec Miller led us and moved up throughout the race and Blake did the same and finished strong," Nelson said. "Happy with the way the guys ran today and I know that each of them can run 15-30 seconds faster."
The Golden Eagles will travel to Indianapolis for the 2014 BIG EAST Conference Cross Country Championships at Northview Church on Friday, Oct. 31, where they will compete in their 10th championship since entering the league for the 2005-06 academic year.
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