Track & Field

Track and Field Finishes Day One at Duke Invitational

April 3, 2009

DURHAM, N.C. --The Marquette University track and field squad concluded the first day of competition Friday evening at the Duke/asics Invitational.

"I thought our runners did well this afternoon with some personal bests and a few BIG EAST times," head coach Bert Rogers said. "Hopefully tomorrow we will be able to come out and turn in some good performances."

Michael O'Brien recorded a BIG EAST qualifying time of 54.31 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles to finish fifth.

Another BIG EAST time was turned in by senior Scott Mueller who ran the 5,000 meters in 14:35.52.

In the 10,000-meter run, Brice Cleland recorded a sixth place finish with a time of 31:12.17, missing a BIG EAST time by 12 seconds. Drew Craig finished 17th in the event, while freshman Patrick Keeley finished 21st in 32:26.09 to qualify for the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Nick Byom placed fourth in the high jump with a height of 1.95 meters.

In the 1,500-meter run, Blake Johnson placed fourth with a time of 4:00.77, while Peter Bolgert came in seventh.

A fourth place finish was also turned in by Randey Fisher in the 200-meter dash with a personal-best time of 22.90 seconds.

Junior Jayne Grebinski, after earning BIG EAST Track Athlete of the Week following her last meet, recorded a BIG EAST qualifying time of 17:26.62 in the 5,000 meters.

In the 400 meter developmental race, Katlin Millin finished fifth with a time of 58.27 seconds.

Amanda Beggs turned in a fourth place finish in the 10,000 meters with a time of 37:16.67, to fall just short of a BIG EAST time.

Also competing this weekend was freshman Lauren Darnall at Eastern Illinois University's Neil Moore Multis. Benjamin finished third overall in the heptathlon with 4045 points and won the javelin with a BIG EAST distance of 36.79 meters (120-08).

The Golden Eagles return to the track tomorrow at 8 a.m. CT with action concluding around 5 p.m. with the running of the men's 4x800-meter relay.

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