Cross Country Competes at BIG EAST Championships in New York
Oct. 27, 2016
The women’s 6K race will begin at 10 a.m. Central time and the men’s 8K run will start at 10:50 a.m. CT. It will be the 13th time the BIG EAST has conducted its championship at Van Cortlandt and the first since 2012. Marquette will enjoy the opportunity to host next season’s 2017 championship meet.
The BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) will produce a Championship Recap show for FOX Sports GO on Saturday at 12 p.m. Central time. Pat O’Keefe will handle the play-by-play and BEDN Correspondent Megan O’Brien will provide analysis and conduct interviews with the top performers.
“This is the time of year that we train for,” Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. “All the miles they run through the summer and the fall is in preparation for these meets. Especially, recently we’ve had a great stretch of training the last month and are in a great spot entering the championship portion of our season.”
Both sides will enter similar lineups as compared to last season’s championship that took place just outside of Cincinnati. The men’s side will feature six of the same entries (Alec Miller, Brad Eagan, Jon Klaiber, Jack Carpenter, Mitchell Kwapick, Henry Mierzwa) from last year. Miller ran one of his best races of his career, finishing in 28th place overall with a time of 24:33.3 in a stacked field.
The women will return five runners from last season’s championship entry, highlighted by Brittney Feivor, Jennifer Parker, Clare McDonald, Abigail Busse and Nora Keller.
Feivor became Marquette’s first All-BIG EAST performer since 2007 when she finished in 10th place overall with a school-record time of 20:07.1 in 2015. Parker wasn’t far behind either, taking 22nd place with a time of 20:34.4.
The men matched its highest-ever finish at the BIG EAST Championships in 2015, taking fifth place, while the women placed sixth. Both races will feature high-level talent once again with the BIG EAST women’s side boasting three of the top teams in the nation.
Providence, a national title contender, ranks fourth nationally and enters Friday’s meet as the favorite to win the league title. No. 22 Villanova and Georgetown (receiving votes) will also be in the mix in the team classification. On the men’s side, Georgetown comes in ranked No. 23 in the country with Providence (receiving votes) not far behind.
Marquette's BIG EAST Championship Results (athletes competing in 2015)
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