Freshman Alison Parker, pictured here during cross country season, has made an immediate impact in the middle distances.

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Track and Field Concludes Day Two at Meyo

Feb. 8, 2014

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up their second day of competition at the Meyo Invitational on Saturday afternoon in Notre Dame, Ind., at the Loftus Sports Center.

MU's throwers also competed at the UW-Parkside Track & Field Classic where reigning BIG EAST Conference Men's Field Athlete of the Week William Koeck won the weight throw with the second-best toss of his career.

"The highlight of the weekend was definitely the women's distance medley school record set on Friday evening," Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. "We got out of this weekend what we are looking for as far as track events and times are starting to drop as we are heading into the BIG EAST Championships."

After helping the women's distance medley relay to a new program record on Friday evening, freshman Alison Parker began Saturday with a personal best time of 4:59.71 in the mile to place ninth overall. Senior Rebecca Pachuta also notched a PR (5:02.33) and finished 17th.

"Alison has been a big addition to the group and solidified that women's middle distance crew," Rogers said. "She had a very nice weekend, running under five minutes in the mile for the first time on back-to-back days. We are looking forward to seeing what she can do at BIG EAST."

Parker and classmate Kayla Spencer along with sophomore Nicole Ethier and senior Katie Kemmerer placed third in the women's distance medley relay in a time of 11:40.36 on Friday. That mark broke the previous MU record of 11:41.17, set by the relay team of Jessica Swan, Jeannette Batie, Rachel Kirvan and Brianna Dahm, which won the 2002 Conference USA championship at Indiana.

Koeck continued his impressive junior season with a top toss of 19.93 meters (65 feet, 4.75 inches) to win the weight throw at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside's Frank Petretti Fieldhouse on Saturday morning. Freshman Joel McBride notched a personal best in the event as well, while Samantha Kennedy tied her PR of 16.19 meters (53 feet, 1.5 inches) in the women's weight.

Both William Hennessy (4:19.37) and Marc DiVerde (4:26.28) turned in personal bests in the men's mile to place 23rd and 34th, respectively, on Saturday at Meyo.

Kemmer notched a new personal best in the women's 400-meter dash on Saturday with a time of 57.02 seconds, the No. 4 mark in MU history. She placed 20th in the event while freshman Anna Strong also had a PR of 57.07 seconds to place 21st.

Senior Caryle Schuh just missed her top mark in the women's 200 and placed 15th in 25.16 seconds. Anna Strong's twin sister, Arra, was 48th in the event in 26.32 seconds, a new PR.

Oumaru Abdulahi finished third in the men's high jump after he notched the MU freshman record last week at UNI. Abdulahi's top leap of 2.05 meters (6 feet, 8.75 inches) placed him ahead of senior Michael Saindon, who was ninth at 2.00 meters (6 feet, 6.75 inches).

The Golden Eagles return to action on Friday, Feb. 14 at the GVSU Big Meet in Allendale, Mich., although not all athletes will be competing in preparation for the BIG EAST Indoor Championships on Feb. 21-22.

"It is going to be a mix," Rogers said of the squad complexion expected next weekend. "With those folks who are running well and have accomplished what they need to accomplish, they will have the weekend off and just train. The handful of folks who need to get something done will compete, but it is a case by case basis."

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