Cross Country Heads to Badger Opener

Jessa Hackman was fourth on MU at the Crusader Open

Sept. 8, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's cross country teams will compete at the Wisconsin Badger Opener on Friday, Sept. 9 in Verona, Wis., at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.

The women's 5-kilometer race will start at 5:30 p.m., while the men's 6K will begin following the women's race at 6 p.m.

“This is meet is just to sharpen us up a little more as we start to get into the more competitive meets,” head coach Mike Nelson said. “I added this meet more for the women than the men, but I do believe that the men will still benefit from having an additional race. For the women, I find that every time they go out and race they get a little bit stronger and a little more confident in their pacing. I think this will just be another step in the right direction, as far as getting better. This race will really help us as we head into the National Catholic meet at Notre Dame.”

Edgewood College will join the Golden Eagles and the host Wisconsin Badgers at the meet.

Last week at Valparaiso's Crusader Open, the men's team had seven runners finish in the top 10., led by senior Blake Johnson who finished first in a time of 15:26.3, while fellow senior Peter Bolgert placed second in 15.38.9. 

Freshman Kenzie Vicker paced the women's team with a 13th-place finish in 19:11.1, while the Golden Eagle women finished third as a team.



The men enter the season ranked 12th in the Great Lakes Region preseason poll by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, while the women are unranked.

Women (16)
Sarah Ball                                                                                            
Melissa Budelier                                                                              
Hannah Frett                                                                                    
Jessa Hackman                                                                                 
Carly Windt                                                                                        
Kate Horan                                                                                        
Courtney Kelly                                                                                 
Haley Loprieno                                                                                 
Grace Magliola 
Rebecca Pachuta
Holly Robertson               
Christina Sliepka
Kenzie Vicker
Jessica Wright
Alyssa Stevens
Elisia Meyle

Men (12)
Spencer Agnew               
Peter Bolgert
Connor Callahan
Marc DiVerde
Anthony Gedwill
Jack Hackett
Blake Johnson
Patrick Keeley
Mitch Lacy
Patrick Maag
Evan Ross
Chris Spudic


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