Golden Eagles Head to 33rd National Catholic Championships
Sept. 13, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men’s and women’s cross country squads travel to Notre Dame on Friday, Sept. 14 for the National Catholic Championships on Notre Dame’s Burke Memorial Golf Course. The women’s five-kilometer race is scheduled to begin at 3:15 p.m. Central time, followed by the men’s five-mile race at 4 p.m. CT. A junior varsity race will preclude the men’s and women’s championship races at 3:30 p.m. CT.
“The National Catholic meet has always been a great competition for our team,” said head coach Mike Nelson. “It’s fun to compete against the other Catholic universities from around the country. Our athletes often see other runners that they went to high school with and there is a lot of familiarity with the meet. There is a natural rivalry with a lot of these institutions. We have traditionally done pretty well at this particular meet and we look forward to continuing that tradition.”
The Marquette men finished second at the National Catholic Championships in 2011 and the women third. 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.
Marquette's men's squad claimed the first three team titles (1980-82) in the championship, which dates back to 1980, while former MU All-American Keith Hanson (1983-86) claimed three individual titles and Dave Uhrich one. The women have won three team titles (1995, 2001, 2006).
Men’s student-athletes competing (17):
Men’s teams competing (33):
Women’s student-athletes competing (14):
Women’s teams competing (37):
LAST TIME OUT: Men's cross country claimed the top spot at the NIU Huskie Open on Friday, Sept. 7 at the NIU North 40 Cross Country Course, while the women earned a second-place finish.
The men were led by seniors Connor Callahan and Jack Hackett, who placed second and third overall with six-kilometer times of 19:06.71 and 19:25.75, respectively. Callahan's time was just four seconds off DePaul's Eddie McDaniel's race-best time of 19:02.34. Freshmen Cody Haberkorn and William Hennessy made a splash in their first career races. Haberkorn placed fifth overall in the event with a time of 19:28.54, while Hennessy was right on his tail, finishing just a second behind at 19:29.58.
• Head coach Mike Nelson begins his sixth season with the Golden Eagles in 2012.
• The MU men are ranked ninth in the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region ranking, down one spot from their preseason ranking of eighth.
• Six returning men’s runners have competed in at least a pair of BIG EAST Conference Championships.Senior Connor Callahan is the only returning student-athlete to have run in the last three conference and NCAA Great Lakes Regional meets.
• Although having spent their high school years in Southeastern Wisconsin, MU has a pair of foreign-born runners in Sarah Ball (England) and Andres Tineo-Paz (Venezuela).
UP NEXT: The Golden Eagles take a week away from competition before making the trek to Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 29 for the Greater Louisville Classic at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, the future site of the 2012 NCAA Championships.