Track & Field

Men Lead, Women In Contention After BIG EAST Day One

May 11, 2018

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GENEVA, Ohio - The Marquette University men crowned four individual champions to build a solid team lead, while the women's team sits in fourth place, after day one of the 2018 BIG EAST Championships at the SPIRE Institute on Friday.

The men's team, seeking its second team title in three years, is in good position to accomplish their goal after individual titles from Daniel Armstrong (high jump), Samuel Johnson (long jump), Brendan McKinney (hammer) and Joel Swanberg (pole vault), plus four podium finishes. The men (99.5 points) lead Villanova (62.5) by 37 points, followed Butler (38) and DePaul (31), and feature 13 qualifiers in seven events for Saturday's track finals.

The women's side had podium finishes from Gemma Tedeschi (pole vault) and Keely Knobbe (hammer) and currently sit in fourth place (36 points) within striking distance of leaders: Villanova (54), St. John's (50) and DePaul (47). the women feature seven qualifiers in five events for Saturday's track finals.

In the multis, Erica Wanie is in fifth place after four events in the heptathlon with a score of 2,423, and just 29 points out of being in position to podium. In the men's decathlon, William Eggers is in third place with 3,397 points, one point shy of second place. Joe Keys (2,933) and Dominique Smith (2,913) are close behind in fifth and sixth place, respectively.

Saturday's action will get underway at 11 a.m. Central time, beginning with the women's discus. Track finals, as well as the BIG EAST Digital Network's day two coverage, is slated for 12 p.m. CT.

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  • All the title winners came from the men's side on day one, including Daniel Armstrong, who repeated as high jump champ. He had it won at 2.01 meters, but had aspirations of solidifying his regional qualifying mark and did just that. The sophomore cleared three more heights to win the event with a season-best 2.16 meters (7-1 feet).
  • In his final BIG EAST Championship meet, senior Joel Swanberg captured a 16th BIG EAST medal (Seventh outdoor), including his second pole vault title (first since 2014). He had a winning height of 4.95 meters (16-2.75 feet).
  • Brendan McKinney won his first-ever BIG EAST title in the hammer with a toss of 56.88 meters (186-07 feet). It was a personal-best and the No. 4 mark all-time.
  • Freshman Samuel Johnson impressed everyone with his win in the long jump on Friday, leaping to a mark of 7.00 meters (22-11.75 feet).

3,000: Kevin Ryan 3rd (9:13.98)
Pole Vault: Nick Quandt 2nd (4.75m/15-7 feet)
Long Jump: Cory Cegelski 3rd (6.82m/22-4.50 feet)
Hammer: Terrance Howard 3rd (52.17m/171-02 feet)

Pole Vault: Gemma Tedeschi 2nd (3.55m/11-7.75 feet)
Hammer: Keely Knobbe (50.80m/166-8 feet)

Men (Prelim time)
100: Joshua Word (10.82), Connor Boos (10.96), Andrew Chabon (11.12)
200: Joshua Word (21.72), Connor Boos (21.86)
400: Jason Davis (PR - 48.92)
800: Alec Miller (1:52.78), Derek Gross (1:53.78)
1,500: Aric Miller (3:52.15)
110H: Mathew Peter (14.89), Ross Bravo (15.29), Chris Van Saders (15.39)
400H: Chris Van Saders (PR #9AT - 53.91)

100: Terica Harris (PR #7AT - 12.10)
200: Breanne Marchan (24.80), Cassy Goodrich (24.98)
400: Cassy Goodrich (55.69)
800: Alison Parker (2:12.08)
1,500: Meghan Carroll (4:30.33), Jessica Parker (4:30.35)


  • Jon Klaiber in the 10,000 meters made up big ground on the final lap to place fifth with a 10-second PR of 30:51.45.
  • Jennifer Parker ran to a fourth place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, recording a time of 10:40.04 - a PR and No. 4 all-time.
  • The women placed five in the top-eight in the hammer as Keely Knobbe (3rd), Maya Marion (4th), Amanda Hodgson (6th), Allie Flando (7th-PR) and Monica Voudrie (8th) scored the team 17 points combined.
  • A walk-on mid-year, Nick Quandt placed second in the pole vault with a PR of 4.75 meters (15-7 feet), which ranks fifth all-time. Also earning big team points in the vault for the men were William Ford (4th), Dominique Smith (4th-PR) and Cameron Jemison (6th-PR).
  • Alec Miller had an impressive qualifying run in the 800 meters, leading wire-to-wire to to win his heat and capture the second-fastest time (1:52.78) heading into Saturday's final.


  • Saturday's action will get underway at 11 a.m. Central time, beginning with the women's discus. Track finals, as well as the BIG EAST Digital Network's day two coverage, is slated for 12 p.m. CT.
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