Cross Country Heads to Greater Louisville Classic

Freshman Sarah Poirier

Sept. 26, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's cross country teams head to Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, Sept. 29 for the 11th Annual Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic at E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park. The men's first eight-kilometer race will begin at 8:30 a.m. Central time, with the women following at 9:15 a.m CT.

"The Greater Louisville Classic will be our most challenging meet yet," Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. "There are several teams competing that are ranked in the top 30 in the country and several more teams who are chasing a top-30 ranking. The course is fast and the competition will be tough, but we are looking forward to the challenge."

The Marquette men claimed a sixth-place finish last season at the Greater Louisville Classic and the women's team 20th. Blake Johnson and Peter Bolgert both earned top-30 finishes, while Jack Hackett turned in a third-place team finish in 24:57.16 to take 48th overall. Then-freshman Elisia Meyle was MU's top-finisher in 2011 in 89th place.

E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer Park is the future site of the 2012 NCAA Championships, and last year served as the 2011 BIG EAST Cross Country Championships course.

Men's student-athletes competing (17):
Group 1 (10) -
Callahan, Corr, Gedwill, Haberkorn, Hackett, Hennessy, Lacy, Maag, Senefeld, Tineo-Paz
Group 2 (7) - Agnew, Campbell, Ross, Lawson, Sajdak, Schmitz, Young

Men's teams competing (101):
Notables - Arizona, Auburn, Detroit Mercy, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Marquette, Michigan State, Mississippi, Missouri, Saint Louis, Texas, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Vanderbilt

Women's student-athletes competing (13):
Group 1 (10) - Ball, Budelier, Frett, Hanson, Magliola, Meyle, Pachuta, Poirier, Robertson, Sliepka
Group 2 (3) - Loprieno, Spencer, Vicker

Women's teams competing (108):
Notables - Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Detroit Mercy, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Marquette, Michigan State, Mississippi, Missouri, Saint Louis, Washington, Wisconsin, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Vanderbilt, West Virginia

LAST TIME OUT: The Marquette University men's cross country team placed fourth and the women's team third at the 33rd National Catholic Championships at the Burke Memorial Golf Course Friday, Sept. 14 in Notre Dame, Ind.

The men were led by senior standout Connor Callahan, who notched a 13th-place finish in a time of 24:58. The women were paced by freshmen Molly Hanson (16th, 18:00.6) and sophomore Elisia Meyle (19th, 18:14.5), who both tallied personal-best times in the 5-kilometer race.

Notre Dame claimed the top spot in both the men's and women's championship races.


• Senior Connor Callahan has led the MU men at both the NIU Huskie Open and the National Catholic Championships.
• Freshman Molly Hanson and sophomore Elisia Meyle have each led the MU women at one meet.
• Head coach Mike Nelson is in his sixth season with the Golden Eagles in 2012.
• The MU men and women are both ranked 13th in the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region.
• 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 the men's and women's squads split at a pair of meets on Friday, Oct. 12. The men will compete at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Verona, Wis., at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course, while the women will head to the Newman Golf Course in Peoria, Ill., for the Bradley Classic. The Zimmer Championship Course is also the site of the 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Friday, Nov. 9.




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