MU Men Take Fifth, Women Sixth at BIG EAST Championships

Sophomore Alec Miller led MU with a 28th-place finish.
Oct. 31, 2015

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MASON, Ohio -
The Marquette University men's cross country team placed fifth to match its best-ever finish at the 2015 BIG EAST Conference Championships, while the women's squad took sixth led by junior Brittney Feivor's All-BIG EAST effort Saturday morning, Oct. 31, at The Golf Center at King Island.

The Marquette men scored 152 points to finish a solid fifth place among nine teams, while the women took sixth with 149 points behind Feivor's 10th place finish.

"It was an overall great day for both teams," Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. "I thought we represented Marquette well and we'll take away a lot of positives as we head to the NCAA regional meet in a couple weeks."

Feivor finished in a school-record time of 20:07.1 and became the first Marquette female runner to earn All-BIG EAST honors since Cassie Peller back in 2007. MU nearly had two females finish with All-BIG EAST accolades as sophomore Jennifer Parker's 22nd place finish was just two spots and merely 3 seconds shy of a required top-20 finish for league honors.

Georgetown took home the men's team title by the narrowest of margins, besting Villanova 33-34, while Providence (68) and Butler (97) placed third and fourth. Villanova's Patrick Tiernan set the BIG EAST record with his third consecutive individual title with a time of 22:23.2, which was 20 seconds clear of Jonathan Green of Georgetown on the 8,000-meter (4.97 miles) course.

"The men really executed the race plan to perfection, moving up throughout the race and, overall, did a fantastic job from top to bottom," Nelson said. "I feel like we were finally able to put it together where everyone ran the way they were capable of running and it was really fun watching them succeed the way they did."

Sophomore Alec Miller paced the Golden Eagles for the second straight year with a 28th-place finish in a time of 24:33.3. Freshmen Jon Klaiber (24:46.1) and Brad Eagan (24:49.4) finished 32nd and 34th, respectively, behind Miller.

"The density of talent in this conference is just tremendous," Nelson said. "The schools in the BIG EAST have been historically good for many years. For Alec and those guys to be mixing it up at the top is a really nice achievement."

Juniors Cody Haberkorn (25:05.5) and Nate Gomoll (25:07.2) were close behind, taking 39th and 40th, respectively, while senior Patrick Campbell was 42nd with a time of 25:07.08.

"I thought they really came to play today," Nelson said of Nate Gomoll and Patrick Campbell. "They probably ran the best cross country races they've ever run and did a tremendous job for our team, not only on the course, but in leadership roles as well."

Senior William Hennessy rounded out the top-seven with a 52nd-place finish in a time of 25:20.9.

On the women's side, Providence cruised to the team title, scoring 26 points thanks to sweeping the top-three spots led by Sarah Collins, who registered her first BIG EAST individual title with a time of 19:32.1 - 15 seconds faster than her teammate Lauren Mullins.

Feivor continued her dominant season for the Golden Eagles and improved by 17 spots compared to last year's 27th-place finish at the BIG EAST Championships. She once again paced a solid team result.

"Brittney had another fantastic race," Nelson said. "She stuck her nose up with the leaders and was back and forth battling. She's been battling with the elite runners in the country and she's been doing that all season."

Parker's 22nd-place finish was just one spot off of where she finished at last year's meet and narrowly missed earning All-BIG EAST honors.

"Jennifer had a great effort," Nelson said. "She was a little disappointed missing the top-20 and All-Conference, but she ran a PR and did about all she could do."

Senior Kayla Spencer (21:07.2) and junior Claire McDonald (21:08.1) ran a tight race and placed 34th and 35th, respectively, while sophomore Abigail Busse finished fifth for MU and 56th overall with a time of 22:03.5.

"I really thought Abby had a great day and stepped up for us when we needed her to," Nelson said. "Claire and Kayla worked well together. It was fun seeing them working off each other and passing people throughout the race."

Junior Nicole Ethier (22:07.9) and freshman Nora Keller (22:52.9) rounded out the top-seven for the Golden Eagles, taking 60th and 72nd, respectively.

The Golden Eagles will be back in action at the Warrior 5K in West Allis, Wisconsin Saturday, Nov. 7, followed by the NCAA Great Lakes Regional at Zimmer Cross Country Course in Verona, Wisconsin on Friday, Nov. 13.




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