Marquette Heads to Notre Dame for National Catholic
Sept. 15, 2016
MILWAUKEE — The Marquette University men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to South Bend, Indiana on Friday, Sept. 16, to compete at the 37th Annual National Catholic meet hosted by Notre Dame.
“The National Catholic is always a great early season meet,” Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. “It’s a chance to compete against institutions with similar values and missions. We’ve enjoyed this meet over the years and look forward to improving our place from last season.”
The Golden Eagles are coming off a strong season opener at the Midwest Classic hosted by UW-Parkside in Kenosha last Saturday, where they captured a clean sweep of individual and team titles. Redshirt senior Kellie Greenwood and junior Alec Miller took the top spot in the women’s and men’s races, respectively.
Greenwood was named BIG EAST Athlete of the Week for her outstanding effort. After missing last season due to injury, the Two Rivers, Wisconsin, native completed her first race since 2014 with a time of 17:46.3.
She led a women’s squad that came away with the top three spots with Brittney Feivor (17:51.6) and Jennifer Parker (18:08.2) finishing in second and third place, respectively. Marquette finished the meet with a meet-best 29 points, while the next closest competitor, host UW-Parkside, was a distant second with 77.
Miller carried over his dominance from last season, finishing in a time of 25:42.1. The West Bend, Wisconsin, native pulled away from the pack with about 300 meters to go en route to the individual victory.
The Marquette men claimed first place with 41 team points thanks to its top five finishers placing in the top-12 of the leaderboard. Freshman Daniel Pederson came in as MU’s second runner (25:58.4) in his collegiate debut.
The Golden Eagles will head to Notre Dame for the annual National Catholic, taking on the likes of many other Catholic institutions from around the Midwest.
Last season saw the MU women take fifth, while the men finished in sixth place. Senior Brittney Feivor led the women’s side by taking sixth place overall in the field of nearly 300 runners, while Miller placed 12th overall out of 276 competitors.
The men’s and women’s open races will lead off the day starting at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time, followed by the women’s 5k at 4:15 p.m. The men’s race will wrap up the day’s events with a five-mile competition beginning at 5 p.m.
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