Cross Country Opens Season at NIU Huskie Open
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men’s and women’s cross country squads kick off the 2012 campaign on Friday, Sept. 7 at the NIU Huskie Open in DeKalb, Ill. at the NIU North 40.
The men’s 6k race is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. with the women’s 5k contest to follow at 5:45 p.m.
Men’s student-athletes competing (16):
Men’s teams competing (4):
Women’s student-athletes competing (14):
Women’s teams competing (6):
MU MEN LEAN ON EXPERIENCE IN 2012: The Marquette University men's cross country team returns a great deal of experience in 2012, even with the loss of two of its most decorated runners. The Golden Eagles return 13 runners from 2011, including six who have competed in at least a pair of BIG EAST Conference Championships.
MU MEN TABBED EIGHTH IN PRESEASON USTFCCCA GREAT LAKES REGION: The men’s squad is ranked No. 8 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) Great Lakes Region preseason poll. The Wisconsin men received the top spot in the region, while fellow BIG EAST Conference members Notre Dame and Cincinnati are No. 4 and No. 11, respectively. The MU women are unranked.
FAMILIAR STORIES FOR WOMEN’S NEWCOMERS: The Marquette women’s squad adds four newcomers to the mix in 2012 and all have unique ties to MU cross country and track and field.
Molly Hanson (Dodgeville, Wis./Dodgeville) is the sister of former Marquette track and field All-American Michaela Courtney (2006-1,500 meters), while both of Sarah Poirier’s (Wausau, Wis./West) parents attended Marquette. Hanson was the WIAA Division 2 state cross country champion in 2011, while Poirier was an all-state performer and valedictorian of her high school class.
Kellie Greenwood (Two Rivers, Wis.) comes from the same Two Rivers High School that produced MU All-Americans Brianna Dahm (2003 and 2005-steeplechase) and Amy Erickson (1997-cross country). Elmhurst, Ill.-product Kayla Spencer is from York High School which has sent numerous student-athletes to MU in recent years.
UP NEXT: The Golden Eagles travel to Notre Dame on Friday, Sept. 14 for the National Catholic Championships, where the Marquette men finished second and the women third in 2011. The since-graduated Blake Johnson led the MU men last year with a fifth-place overall finish, while the women were paced by then-freshman Kenzie Vicker, who placed 26th overall.