MU Set For BIG EAST Cross Country Championships

Brittney Feivor has three top-six finishes this fall.
Oct. 30, 2015

Watch Live on BIG EAST Digital Network | BIG EAST Championships Central

MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s and women’s cross country teams are gearing up for the 2015 BIG EAST Conference Championships on Saturday, Oct. 31, hosted by Xavier at the Golf Center at King Island in Mason, Ohio.

The meet will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX Sports Go and the FOX Sports Go app for mobile download. The meet is set to begin at 10 a.m. Central time with Will Haskett handling play-by-play duties and BEDN Correspondent John Fanta providing analysis and conducting interviews with the top performers.

The men will run first on the 8,000-meter course at the Golf Center at King Island, while the 6,000-meter women’s race will commence at 10:50 a.m. The awards ceremony will follow shortly after the conclusion of the women’s race at 11:40 a.m.

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The Marquette men are looking to move up the BIG EAST standings after a sixth-place finish in 2014, but it won’t be easy with such a highly touted field. Defending conference champion Villanova enters the competition as the No. 25-ranked team according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Coaches Poll. Wildcat Patrick Tiernan will be seeking his third straight individual title on Saturday.

Right on their heels is No. 14 Georgetown, which is seeking its first title since 2008 after finishing runner-up eight times since 2003. No. 24 Providence will also be in the mix.

MU sophomore Alec Miller will be trying to do something not achieved by a Golden Eagle since 2008 when Kyle Saginus was the last MU runner to earn All-BIG EAST honors. Miller has been Marquette’s top runner in all four meets this season and is coming off a personal best performance at the Bradley Classic last time out.

On the women’s side, No. 6 Providence is the favorite to take the conference title this season, but will be challenged by defending champion No. 18 Georgetown and No. 28 Villanova according to USTFCCA. Marquette, which finished fifth in 2014, will be seeking its highest-ever finish at the BIG EAST Conference Championships if it can reach fourth place.

Leading the way is junior Brittney Feivor, who has paced the Golden Eagles all season and is poised for a breakout performance on Saturday following a record-breaking performance when she set what is believed to be the fastest 6K time in school history at the Bradley Classic with a time of 20:36. She looks to become the first Marquette female to earn All-BIG EAST accolades since Cassie Peller did so in back-to-back seasons from 2005-06.

Senior Kellie Greenwood took 20th-place overall at the 2014 conference championships with the fastest time run in seven years by an MU female. Injuries have forced her to sit out this season, but Feivor should challenge Greenwood’s performance from a year ago and keep Marquette in the mix.

Marquette Men’s Entries (10):
Alec Miller
Jon Klaiber
William Hennessy
Brad Eagan
Cody Haberkorn
Jack Carpenter
Henry Mierzwa 
Mitchell Kwapick
Nate Gomoll  
Patrick Campbell
Grant von der Lippe (alternate)

Men's teams competing (9): Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova, Xavier.

Marquette Women’s Entries (10):
Brittney Feivor
Jennifer Parker
Kayla Spencer
Clare McDonald 
Nora Keller
Abby Busse
Nicole Ethier
Hannah Gorin
Isabel Lopez
Sarah Poirier

Women's teams competing (10): Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova, Xavier.

Marquette's BIG EAST Championship Results (athletes competing in 2015)

Men
2005 - 8th
2006 - 8th
2007 - 7th
2008 - T-7th
2009 - 7th
2010 - 8th
2011 - 7th
2012 - 8th (Hennessy (63))
2013 - 5th (Hennessy (33), Gomoll (40))
2014 - 6th (Al. Miller (34), Hennessy (36), Carpenter (38), Gomoll (45))

Women

2005 - 3rd
2006 - 5th
2007 - 7th
2008 - 7th
2009 - 8th
2010 - 10th
2011 - 9th
2012 - 7th (Spencer (62))
2013 - 6th (Feivor (27), Meyle (33), Spencer (34))
2014 - 5th (Jen. Parker (21), Feivor (27), Spencer (31))

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