Cross Country Prepared for 2012 BIG EAST Championships
Oct. 24, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's cross country teams head to the Bronx, N.Y. for the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Cross Country Championships on Friday, Oct. 26.
Action is set to kick off at Van Cortlandt Park with the men's 8-kilometer championship at 10 a.m. Central time, followed by the women's 6k championship at 10:50 a.m. CT. Both the men's 8k and women's 6k will feature nine Marquette runners.
The Marquette men tied their best BIG EAST finish in 2011 with a seventh-place finish at E.P. `Tom' Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., while the women finished ninth. The conference meet was last held at Van Cortlandt Park in 2008.
Men's teams competing (14): Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Marquette, Providence, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse, USF, Villanova
Women's teams competing (15): Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Marquette, Providence, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's, Syracuse, USF, Villanova
Marquette's BIG EAST Championship Results (athletes competing in 2012)
* at Van Cortlandt Park
LAST TIME OUT: The Marquette men notched a second place finish in the championship race, and the women fifth, at the Bradley Classic at Newman Golf Course in Peoria, Ill.
The men were led by senior Jack Hackett who recorded a fifth-place finish with a time of 24:32. Classmates Connor Callahan (14th) and Patrick Maag (24th) followed Hackett as MU's second and third runners. Hackett's 8-kilometer time of 24:32 was a personal best.
Freshman Molly Hanson led the women for the the third-straight meet, notching a ninth-place finish with a time of 21:34. Along with Hanson, two other freshman, Sarah Poirier and Kayla Spencer, finished in MU's top five.
UP NEXT: The Golden Eagles take a week away from competition before making the trek west on I-94 to Madison, Wis., for the 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships on Friday, Nov. 9. The women will look to best their 12th-place regional ranking, while the men, who are currently unranked, aim to improve on last season's eighth-place finish, their best since 2007. The meet will take place at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.