Kyle Saginus Earns All-BIG EAST Honors at BIG EAST Championships
Oct. 31, 2008
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MILWAUKEE -- Senior Kyle Saginus earned All-BIG EAST honors Friday at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships with a 12th place finish in a time of 24:56. Saginus helped the men's team finish seventh, while the women posted the same results.
"It was a beautiful, beautiful race by Kyle (Saginus) who ran very smart," said head coach Mike Nelson. "Around a mile he was in the 30's and came through at the 5K mark in about 20th place. Over the last two miles he worked really well to get past some guys and finish strong."
Saginus is the first Marquette male to claim All-BIG EAST cross country honors and the first to claim all-conference honors since Brent Des Roches did so in 2004 in Conference USA. The top-15 finishers earned All-BIG EAST honors and Cassie Peller previously was the only other MU athlete to do so when she earned All-BIG EAST recognition in 2005.
"Overall it was a good day for the men, placing right around where we did last year," Nelson said.
Following Saginus across the finish line was sophomore Brice Cleland, who crossed in 35th place at 25:34, the ninth fastest time by a sophomore. Behind Cleland were Nick Szczech in 46th at 25:54, Blake Johnson in 55th at 26:11 (the 13th freshman overall) and Andrew Craig in 66th at 26:21. Junior Mark Kopecki and freshmen Patrick Keeley, Keith Schueller and Dominick Rosario competed but did not finish in MU's top five.
"On the women's side it was the best race that they have run all year," said Nelson. "It was a very solid race all around for each of our ladies."
For the women, junior Anna Weber led the way with a 35th place finish in 21:37, followed closely by Jayne Grebinski in 37th with a time of 21:39. Newcomers Laurie Dalrymple (47th) and Olivia Johnson (51st) finished in 22:04 and 22:12, respectively. Crossing the finish line with Johnson was Amanda Beggs (52nd) at 22:12 to round out the point-earners for MU. Maureen Keane, Kate Horan, Courtney Kelly and Dani Owen all competed as well but did not finish in the top five for Marquette.
Georgetown claimed the men's championship with 35 total points and the overall winner in Andrew Bumbalough at 23:55. On the women's side, Villanova won with 40 total points, while West Virginia's Marie Loui Asselin claimed the individual title in 20:10. The Marquette men and women finished with 202 and 222 points, respectively.
The Golden Eagles return to action Sat., Nov. 15 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in West Lafayette, Ind.