Jan. 23, 2016
Men's Results (PDF) | Women's Results (PDF)
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams were back in action on Saturday, turning in several stellar performances as the women swept dual victories over Illinois-Chicago, Western Illinois and host UW-Milwaukee, while the men earned wins over UIC and WIU at the John Tierney Quad Saturday at the Klotsche Center.
The women recorded six individual wins, while the men tallied three, and each respective 4x400-meter relay team raced to victory to conclude the meet.
"Overall a pretty good effort," head coach Bert Rogers said. "I was pleased with the performances. We have a lot of young folks that this was their first opportunity to get in there and compete and I think we still have stuff to learn in order to bring home BIG EAST gold like we hope to at the end of the year. Overall, it was a good opener."
Junior Dwayne Dash Jr. got the Golden Eagle men off to a great start, setting a personal-best in the long jump with a distance of 23 feet, 7.25 inches - good for No. 4 all-time in MU history.
Also finding success in the field events was William Ford, who took home a victory in the pole vault with a height of 14 feet, 9 inches - an indoor-best for the sophomore.
The men also received a win from sophomore Mathew Peter, who raced to a personal-best and the No. 7 mark all-time at MU with a time of 8.53 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles.
Other impressive marks on the men's side include newcomer Karl Tatum, who took second place in the 60-meter dash and set the No. 4 mark all-time with a pace of 7.04 seconds.
Fellow freshmen sprinters Connor Boos and Jay Whalen raced to second and third place finishes, respectively, in the 300-meter dash. Boos' time of 35.69 seconds was good for sixth all-time at MU.
Boos and Whalen, along with sophomores Joshua Word and Nick Ebert, were featured on the winning 4x400-meter relay team that clocked in at 3:24.87, which was nearly 6 seconds faster than the second place foursome from Western Illinois.
Sophomore Alec Miller, who is coming off a tremendous cross country campaign in the fall, finished a close third in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:37.76.
On the women's side, sophomore Maya Marion, who is coming off a BIG EAST outdoor shot put title following a second place finish at indoors, won her first such competition in 2016 with a personal-best mark of 14.00 meters (45 feet, 11.25 inches), which ranks NO. 8 all-time at MU.
Reigning BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week for her performance at the Blue & Gold Invite at Notre Dame back in December, freshman Monique Felix, continued her impressive collegiate start with a win in the long jump. Her mark of 5.61 meters (18 feet, 5.25 inches) set a new personal-best and the No. 6 mark in MU history. She wasn't done there, though, taking second place and setting a new MU freshman record and personal-best in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.05 seconds. Felix also took second in the high jump.
Last year's freshman sensation, Cassy Goodrich, is picking up right where she left off, taking victory in the 60-meter dash with a new personal-best and No. 7 time in MU history of 7.77 seconds. She also took home a win in the 300-meter dash with a time of 39.86 seconds.
Additionally, Goodrich took second in the long jump and ran the anchor leg on the winning 4x400-meter relay that featured twin sisters Arra and Anna Strong, as well as, sophomore Erica Wanie, who clocked n at 3:59.96.
Sophomore Jennifer Parker turned in a win in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:06.37.
Parker set the 600-meter dash meet record a year ago with a time of 1:35.55 and it was nearly bested on Saturday as by her teammate and senior Nicole Ethier, who raced to victory with a personal-best time of 1:36.30, which was also the No. 7 time in program history. Sophomore Alison Parker took a close second in the event with a mark of 1:38.31.
The Golden Eagles will be back in action next weekend when they head to Cedar Falls, Iowa to part in a pair of meets hosted by the University of Northern Iowa, Jan. 29-30.