Sept. 16, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Led by senior Blake Johnson's fifth-place finish, the Marquette University men's cross country team placed second at the National Catholic Championships Friday afternoon at the Notre Dame Golf Course, while the women were fifth.
"Overall I thought things went pretty well and it was definitely a nice improvement over what we did at Madison," head coach Mike Nelson said. "The men ran well and Blake in particular ran an awesome race. I am really happy with the way both teams ran."
Johnson, who has been Marquette's top finisher at both the Crusader Open (first overall) and the Badger Opener (second overall), crossed the finish line in 24:46 for the five-mile course. The Saline, Mich., native was 10th at the meet in 2010 and shaved 26 seconds off his time a year ago.
Fellow senior Peter Bolgert was right behind Johnson once again as the pair has placed in the top two for MU at both meets. Bolgert was 12th overall in 25:06, while juniors Patrick Maag (21st, 25:20), Jack Hackett (24th, 25:28) and Connor Callahan (26th, 25:29) rounded out the Golden Eagles' top five.
Redshirt freshman Chris Spudic and junior Spencer Agnew were MU's sixth and seventh-place finishers, respectively.
Freshman Kenzie Vicker once again led the way on the women's side after leading MU at the Crusader Open on Sept. 2 and placing second on the squad last weekend at the Badger Opener.
Vicker was 26th overall in 18:23, while sophomore Hannah Frett was MU's second finisher in 33nd place. Redshirt junior Carly Windt, freshman Elisia Meyle and junior Christina Sliepka rounded out MU's top five.
The MU men notched 88 places to finish as runner up to Notre Dame's 28. The MU women recorded 170 places as the ND women had just 22 to win the event.
After a week off the Golden Eagles return to action at the Greater Louisville Classic Saturday, Oct. 1 at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, site of the 2011 BIG EAST Cross Country Championships.