History Made for XC at BIG EAST Championships
Oct. 28, 2017
Results: Men | Women | WATCH: Recap
The Golden Eagles hosted their third BIG EAST Championship meet and, for the first time, the men earned two All-BIG EAST performers as sophomore Daniel Pederson used a strong kick at the end to take eighth place overall and senior Alec Miller earned the distinction for the second-straight year after crossing the finish line in 17th place.
As a team, the men registered their best-ever score (129 points) at a BIG EAST meet, taking fifth behind conference champ Georgetown (40), followed by Butler (54), Villanova (57) and Providence (94).
As for the women, who edged Xavier (136 points) for fourth place with 132 points, it was their highest BIG EAST finish since 2005 when they placed third. Redshirt junior Jessica Parker paced the Golden Eagles with a 22nd-place finish, falling just outside the required Top-20 for All-BIG EAST recognition.
“There was definitely some pressure and expectation on the ladies and they delivered. They ran strong, finished hard, and moved up throughout the race, executing the race plan we had talked about,” Nelson said. They did a really nice job and stuck together in a pack, especially senior Meghan Carroll, who was our sixth runner. She made some very important moves in the last 400-600 meters in the race that made a big difference right at the end and shifted some team scores.
“What more can you ask for from a coach,” Nelson added. “They showed up, they competed tough and represented Marquette really well.”
Four of Marquette’s top-five runners all finished in the top-30 with junior Mary Hanson (24th), sophomore Courtney Dugan (25th), senior Jennifer Parker (28th) and redshirt senior Lauren Fuqua (33rd) right behind. Senior Meghan Carroll (37th) and sophomore Caitlin McGauley (44th) had impressive performances as well.
Villanova won the team title with 39 points, six points clear of runner-up Providence, followed by Georgetown (63) and Marquette.
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