Golden Eagles Use Final Weekend to Prepare for BIG EAST Championships
Feb. 11, 2010
MILWAUKEE - In a final tune up for the 2010 BIG EAST Indoor Championships the Marquette men's and women's track and field squads return to Bloomington, Ind. for the Hoosier Hills Invitational Friday evening at the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. Freshmen Connor Callahan and Spencer Agnew will head to the USA Cross Country Junior Championships on Saturday in Spokane, Wash.
"(The Hoosier Hills Invitational) means different things to different people," head coach Bert Rogers said. "We have a number of our top athletes who are going to be off this weekend because they have been competing hard the last couple of weekends. They have gotten their BIG EAST marks out of the way and are running well. We will take this week as a good training week and be able to touch up and be ready to roll fresh for conference."
Action in Bloomington will kick off Friday at 5 p.m. Eastern Time with the women's long jump and the women's 60-meter hurdles on the track. Competition is scheduled to wrap up around 11:45 p.m. ET with the men's 1,600-meter (4x400) relay.
As Marquette prepares for the BIG EAST meet, many MU student-athletes will get a chance to rest while others will look for improved performances on a banked track much like the one they will see at The Armory in New York City.
Among those looking for a qualifying mark is Molly Arenberg who is competing on the track for the first time in her life this season. Arenberg recorded a season-best time of 5:09.97 in the mile at the Indiana Relays on Jan. 29, over a second shy of the BIG EAST standard of 5:08.44.
Junior sprinter Tyler O'Brien will look to get back to form after struggling with a leg injury for much of the indoor season. O'Brien will compete in the 200-meter dash and attempt to work himself back to full strength for the conference championships.
The Golden Eagles competed at Indiana University earlier this year on Jan. 29-30 at the Indiana Relays. While there, senior Shawn McLarney captured an event title in the long jump with a leap of 6.93 meters while sophomores Blake Johnson and Jack Hackett each moved into the MU top-10 in the mile with times under 4:10.
While the majority of the athletes competing this weekend will travel to Indiana, Callahan and Agnew will head to Spokane, Wash. with head cross country coach Mike Nelson for the 2010 USA Cross Country Junior Championships. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Pacific Time, with Callahan and Agnew set to compete in the junior 8,000-meter race at 12:30 p.m. PT.
Callahan ran his best time of the season in an 8k at the Midwest Collegiate Open on Sept. 19, finishing eighth in a time of 25:34.8. Competing in the 2010 BIG EAST Cross Country Championships at the same course, Callahan registered a 56th-place finish and concluded his first season at MU by finishing 61st in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.
Agnew did not see action for the Golden Eagles in cross country as a freshman but was a two-time all-state runner as a prep at Fort Atkinson (Wis.) High School.
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