Sophomore Alec Miller took 16th overall at the National Catholic Championships in 2014.
Sept. 17, 2015
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the 36th Annual National Catholic Championships on Friday, September 18, at Burke Memorial Golf Course in Notre Dame, Indiana.
The event is a mainstay on the annual calendar for the Blue and Gold and it is rich in history as the National Catholic Championships began for the men in 1980 and for the women four years later. The women will run a 5-kilometer race starting at 3:15 p.m. Central time while the men will run a 5-mile race at 4 p.m. Open races will lead off the day at 2:30 p.m. There will be 38 teams competing on the men’s side, including 13 NCAA Division I programs, while the women’s race will feature 39 teams, including 12 from Division I.
Last year, the women’s team placed second overall, with the men’s team taking fifth. Kellie Greenwood placed third overall, setting the highest finish for a Marquette runner since 2006 with a time of 17:29.7, but will be unavailable due to injury in this year’s go-around. Kayla Spencer, now a senior, placed ninth overall with a finishing time of 18:02.
Sophomore Alec Miller led the men’s team a year ago by finishing 16th overall, recording a 5-mile time of 25:37.5. The Marquette men’s team won the championship three years in a row from 1980-82. Former MU All-American Keith Hanson brought home three individual titles from 1983-86. The women’s team has had their share of success as well, winning three titles in 1995, 2001 and 2006.
Both sides are coming off solid showings at the Badger Classic back on Sept. 4, in Verona, Wisconsin. Miller led 17 on the men’s side with a second-place finish, while junior Brittney Feivor took third overall to pace 10 MU runners on the women’s side.
Grant von der Lippe