Feb. 24, 2018
STATEN ISLAND, NY - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams combined for six individual event champions on the final day and 10 champions overall en route to taking runner-up team honors at the 2018 BIG EAST Indoor Championships held at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex.
The fight for the team championship came down to the final events of the day, the 4x400 relay and the high jump.
In the high jump, three men's jumpers combined for 14 points with sophomore Daniel Armstrong defending his title and setting a new personal-best (2.20m/7-2.5 feet) that may be just enough to get him to NCAA Indoor nationals in March. On the women's side, four jumpers combined for 25 points, including freshman Marin McClowry, who claimed her first BIG EAST title.
In the men's and women's 4x400 relays, Villanova was victorious in both, which clinched the title for the Wildcats and subsequently snapped the MU women's run of two-straight indoor titles, while running the men's string to four-consecutive runner-up finishes. The final scores had VU winning 152-148 on the women's side and 181-173 on the men's
"Wow, it was very close on both sides and we knew it was going to be a battle all the way to the end," Marquette head coach Bert Rogers said. "Unfortunately, we were just a little short on both sides, but we left everything out there.
"I told both teams, we left it on the track, on the runways, and in the ring and I'm really proud with how they competed," Rogers added. "Tomorrow starts outdoor season and we're going to regroup. We're a strong team on both sides and I don't see any reason why we won't be in it to win it again."
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- Marquette set a program record with 10 BIG EAST individual event champions, which included five men and five women.
- On Saturday, six event champs were crowned: William Eggers (heptathlon), Joshua Word (60 meters) and Daniel Armstrong (high jump) won it for the men, while Terica Harris (triple jump), Maya Marion (shot put) and Marin McClowry (high jump) earned women's titles. The came following a successful day one that saw Joel Swanberg (pole vault), Terrance Howard (weight throw), Harris (long jump) and Julie Clayton (pole vault) crowned.
- Harris earned additional hardware by being named BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Meet and High Point Scorer (27.5 points). Meanwhile, Armstrong was named the men's Field Athlete of the Meet.
- Eggers broke Matt Piekarski's 2006 school record in the heptathlon with a score of 5,234. He used three PRs en route to the win.
|Women (FINAL)||Men (FINAL)|
|1. Villanova - 152||1. Villanova - 181 pts.|
|2. Marquette - 148||2. Marquette - 173 |
|3. St. John's - 123||3. DePaul - 117|
|4. DePaul - 115||4. Georgetown - 103|
|5. Georgetown - 81||5. Butler - 74|
|6. Providence - 40||6. Providence - 26|
|7. Butler - 31||7. Xavier - 19|
|8. Xavier - 10|
BIG EAST Conference Awards
Men's Coaching Staff of the Year: Villanova
Men's Most Outstanding Performer in Field Events: Daniel Armstrong, Marquette
Men's Most Outstanding Performer in Track Events: Jonathan Green, Georgetown
Men's High Point Performer of the Meet: Brian Mada, DePaul (20 points)
Women's Coaching Staff of the Year: Villanova
Women's Most Outstanding Performer in Field Events: Terica Harris, Marquette
Women's Most Outstanding Co-Performers in Track Events: Maya Stephens, St. John's; Siofra Cleirigh Buttner, Villanova
Women's High Point Performer of the Meet: Terica Harris, Marquette (27.5 points)