April 26, 2013
LISLE, Ill. - William Koeck and Carlye Schuh shattered their own program records on Friday afternoon as the Marquette University men's and women's track and field team competed at the Benedictine University Twilight Invitational in Lisle, Ill.
"We had really quite the day out here today with two huge school records," Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. "Will Koeck smashed his school record in the hammer throw and Carlye Schuh did the same with her old long jump record. Both marks should be good enough to get them to the first round of the NCAAs. We also had a big mark from Sarah MacCourtney in the high jump, which makes her No. 3 all-time and should also get her to the first round as well."
Koeck won the hammer throw and improved his own program record, which he set earlier this season, by almost a meter with a toss of 59.91 meters.
In the women's long jump, Schuh bettered her MU record on two occasions. The Appleton, Wis., native reached 6.00 meters on her second attempt and bettered it with a mark of 6.05 meters on her fourth jump. Schuh's previous record was 5.94 meters.
In a final tune-up before next week's action, MacCourtney won her event, jumping a personal-best height of 1.75 meters. Teammate Tatyana Pashibin finished tied for third overall, with a jump of 1.55 meters. Both aim to be big point scorers next week at BIG EAST.
Friday's meet marked one last chance for athletes to qualify for next week's BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Piscataway, N.J. For others, it was a perfect way to sharpen up for next week's action, or to improve upon seed times.
Aiming to hit a BIG EAST-qualifying mark in his final race of the 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior Zach Grese achieved his goal by running a personal-best time of 9:22.44, coasting to a first-place finish and a BIG EAST mark.
In a similar race of urgency, athletes in the men's 1,500-meter run were looking to hit BIG EAST marks and move on to next week. Marquette ended up sweeping the top three spots as junior Spencer Agnew led the way with a winning time of 3:53.03. Behind Agnew was freshman D.T. McDonald, running a time of 3:54.61, and sophomore David Sajdak, finishing steps behind in 3:55.13. The trio's marks are all BIG EAST qualifiers, and good for outdoor personal-bests.
In the 100-meter dash, sophomore Glenn Lawrence narrowly missed a BIG EAST-qualifying mark, but achieved a second place finish with a new outdoor personal-best time of 10.95 seconds. In the 200-meter dash Lawrence came back and ran a very solid time of 22.04, which is a hair short of the BIG EAST mark of 22.00. In the same event, junior Connor Stengel finished ahead of Lawrence, but also narrowly missed a BIG EAST mark by fractions of a second; as he finished in fourth place overall with a time of 22.02.
In the women's discus throw, juniors Kristen Gaffey and Kathryn Koeck dominated the field, placing first and second with high marks of 46.43 meters and 43.69 meters respectively. Koeck's mark was good for a new personal-best. Later on in the meet, Gaffey was also able to notch a throw of 13.54 meters in the shot put, which gave her the win for the day, finishing .20 meters better than junior teammate Kirsten Walker.
In the 800-meter run, sophomore Brendan Franz ran a career-best time of 1:54.04, which was quick enough to finish third overall. On the women's side of the 800 the freshman duo of Molly Hanson and Kayla Spencer finished first and second, with times of 2:14.23 and 2:17.08, respectively. These three athletes will look to make an impact in their 4x800-meter relay teams next week at BIG EAST.
"We had some good things in field events and some great PRs on the track in the sprints and distance and all over the place," Rogers said. "I couldn't be more pleased with this as a tune-up for the BIG EAST next week. We are firing on all cylinders and this is where we want to be. This is a very good point to kick us off to next week as we head off to Rutgers."
The Golden Eagles return to action on May 3-5 at the BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Piscataway, N.J.