History Made for XC at BIG EAST Championships

Oct. 28, 2017

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KENOSHA, Wis. – The Marquette University women’s team turned in its highest finish since 2005, while history was made on the men’s side with two earning All-BIG EAST honors and the team’s first-ever top-10 individual placement, at the cross country hosted the BIG EAST Conference Championships at the Wayne E. Dannehl National Course on Saturday.

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).

"We executed our race plan and it was really fun to watch," Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said about his men's team. "To see the guys still have plenty of gas in the tank at 3 miles and then be able to move up throughout the race, that’s what we talked about. If you’re patient and confident on this course, it seems to play in your favor and it did for us today."

Junior Jon Klaiber (31st) was third on the team, followed by Brad Eagan (36th), Aric Miller (37th), Ryan Burd (39th) and Henry Mierzwa (43).

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.

On Nov. 10, the Golden Eagles head to Terre Haute, Ind. for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional hosted by Indiana State. At last season's meet held in Madison, both the men and women improved their team positions by seven places from the year prior.

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BIG EAST Championship
Villanova – 39 points
Providence – 46
Georgetown – 63
Marquette – 132
Xavier – 136
Creighton – 139
Butler – 186
Seton Hall – 255
DePaul – 273
St. John’s – 279

Marquette Finishers:
22. Jessica Parker – 21:14.9
24. Mary Hanson – 21:33.7
25. Courtney Dugan – 21:38.7
28. Jennifer Parker – 21:45.2
33. Lauren Fuqua – 21:57.4
(37) Meghan Carroll – 22:13.6
(44) Caitlin McGauley – 22:36.6
Georgetown – 40 points
Butler – 54
Villanova – 57
Providence – 94
Marquette – 129
DePaul – 157
Creighton – 241
Xavier – 242
Seton Hall – 243

Marquette Finishers:
8. Daniel Pederson** – 25:01.0
17. Alec Miller** – 25:20.4
31. Jon Klaiber – 25:52.9
36. Brad Eagan – 25:59.9
37. Aric Miller – 26:00.1
(38) Ryan Burd – 26:06.7
(43) Henry Mierzwa – 26:19.1





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