Marquette Heads to 38th Annual National Catholic Invite
Sept. 14, 2017
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s and women’s cross country teams are back in action on Friday, Sept. 15, when they head to the 38th Annual National Catholic Invitational hosted by Notre Dame at the Burke Golf Course in South Bend, Ind.
Race action is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. Central time with men and women reserves running simultaneously, followed by the women’s championship (5k) at 3:15 p.m. and the men’s championship (8k) at 4 p.m.
“We’ve run well in the first couple meets and this will be the most competitive meet yet,” Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. “This meet has been one that we’ve really enjoyed competing in over the years. It will be nice to test ourselves against several competitive teams.”
The Golden Eagles are bringing a lot of momentum into the meet following a pair of wins last Saturday at the Vic Godfrey Open held at the site of this year’s BIG EAST Championship meet, the Dannehl National XC Course in Kenosha.
The women’s squad recorded its first team victory and it was highlighted by the group’s top-six finishing in the top-15 overall. Redshirt junior Jessica Parker and reigning BIG EAST Athlete of the Week led the way for the second straight week. The Neenah, Wis., native took home her first career individual victory and first league honor.
The men, who claimed their second straight team victory with a convincing result at the Vic Godfrey Open, were led by sophomore Daniel Pederson. It was the Spooner, Wis., native’s first time leading the team and he was rewarded with his first career BIG EAST Athlete of the Week award.
The clean sweep of league honors gives MU three-of-four possible award winners to start the season after senior Alec Miller claimed the honor after the team’s first outing. It marks the first time that has ever happened.
“It’s great that the BIG EAST has recognized our accomplishments and hard work so far,” Nelson said. “We look to continue on this positive trajectory as the season goes on.”
Last season at the National Catholic Invite, the women placed second while the men took fourth.
“Mainly what we’re trying to do is improve on our performance from last year,” Nelson said. “This course has been the same for decades. I ran this course back in the ‘90s and it’s the exact same as we’ll be running tomorrow. It’s a well-known and great spectator course and that’s nice as a coach to see how the race develops.”
Marquette will have two weeks between competitions following Friday’s race, heading to the Louisville Classic (Sept. 30) and the site of the 2017 NCAA Championships at EP Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky.
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