Sept. 15, 2017
Results: Men's Varsity | Women's Varsity | Men's Open | Women's Open
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Marquette University men's and women's cross country teams competed at the 38th Annual National Catholic Invitational hosted by Notre on Friday, Sept. 15, both placing third in their respective varsity races.
"Both teams were third today and it was a solid day overall," said Marquette head coach Mike Nelson. "It was a very warm day, which was challenging on the athletes, so today was just about getting out there and competing, while racing with confidence, intelligence and poise and I think we accomplished that."
The women's team, which totaled 80 points to finish behind meet champion and host Notre Dame (34 points) as well as Dayton (43), was led by redshirt junior Jessica Parker. It was her third time leading the way for the women this year, taking 11th place overall with a time of 18:07 on the 5-kilometer course. Following right behind within 2 seconds of Parker was Lauren Fuqua (13th place) and Mary Hanson (14th).
Jennifer Parker finished fourth on the team and 26th overall with Nora Keller (35th), Meghan Carroll (39th) and Abigail Busse (46th) not far behind. Marquette's top-seven all finished just a little over minute apart of each other.
"I thought we executed well throughout the race," Nelson said. "Our ladies seemed to move up throughout the race which was the game plan. Overall, I think we had a consistent day, but I don't know if it was our best race."
In the women's open race, newcomer Courtney Dugan cruised to a victory. Her time of 18:29.3 was over 20 seconds faster than the next closest finisher. In all, Marquette placed eight in the top-20 of the women's open race.
On the men's side, MU totaled 77 points to finish behind meet champion Dayton (41 points) and host Notre Dame (44). For the second race in a row, Daniel Pederson paced the squad, taking sixth place overall with a time of 25:24.7 on the 5-mile course. He was followed by Jon Klaiber (11th place), Alec Miller (18th), Brad Eagan (28th) and Ryan Burd (30th) to account for the team's score.
Also securing top-seven team finishes were Aric Miller (41st) and Alex Gill (55th) with Henry Mierzwa (56th) very close behind.
"I thought the men ran, strategically, very well," Nelson said. "The conditions were very warm and going in we knew that if we went out like we normally do, they would pay the price. So we ran intelligent races and moved up in the field throughout the competition. It was fun to watch them compete today."
In the men's open race, freshman Paolo Tiongson led the way for the Golden Eagles with a seventh place finish in a time of 27:12.6. Fellow freshmen Josh Urban (11th) and Danny Peterson (12th) weren't far behind.
In two weeks, the Golden Eagles will resume competition, heading to the Louisville Classic and the site of this year's NCAA Championship at the EP Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky.