Track takes a dual victory over in-town rival

Marquette performed well at the dual meet Thursday.

The Marquette track and field team picked up some big-time momentum Thursday, sweeping in-city rival Wisconsin-Milwaukee in outdoor dual-meet action at Valley Fields.

The women’s squad beat the Panthers 100-90 while the men’s team won 97-89.

Coach Bert Rogers said the team was more focused on the pride of beating their archrival than the individual finishes, as he isn’t as concerned with the Big East Championships quite yet.

“We weren’t as worried about individual marks in the meet more than just getting the win over a rival,” Rogers said. “We had a couple standouts in the throws and on the track we had a couple of nice performances. We really had a lot of athletes stepping up across the board.”

The sibling tandem of sophomore Kathryn Koeck and freshman Will Koeck dominated the hammer throw for the Golden Eagles as Kathryn broke the personal record she set at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational a week earlier with a toss of 183 feet, 4 inches, the third best mark on the Marquette all-time list.

Will Koeck finished third in his competition with a throw of 172 feet, 6 inches.

Senior Jonathan Kusowski won the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 180 feet and also scored a victory in the javelin throw with the third best throw in Marquette history (183 feet, five inches).

Senior David Carbajal, who finished fifth in the event with a throw of 160 meters, said Kusowski’s impact on the team has been huge all season and will be even bigger down the stretch.

“He’s been our team leader and we’ve all been building off his energy in practice and the weight room,” Carbajal said. “He’s been a big positive role model for all the younger guys on the team.”

Junior Chanel Franklin won both the 100 and 200-meter dashes and paced the 4×100 and 4×200-meter relay squads to second place finishes for the women’s side. Franklin also finished fifth in the women’s long jump in her first attempt in the event since high school. Franklin scored a whopping 17 total points for Marquette.

Sophomore Carolyne Schuh won the long jump leaping 18 feet, five inches picking up another five points for the women’s squad.

The Golden Eagles continued their dominance in the 3,000-meter run with Marquette taking the top four places led by freshman Kenzie Vicker and her 10:23.07 finish.

Back on the men’s side, senior Tyler O’Brien won the 200-meter dash and placed second in the 100-meter, Junior Kyle Winter won the 400-meter, and sophomore Evan Ross won the 800-meter.

O’Brien said his day still didn’t go quite as well as he hoped it would, noting the Milwaukee weather was a factor.

“The weather made things a little tougher, it was really windy and I think there was a high of 40 degrees so it made everything a little more difficult,” O’Brien said. “Regardless of that, its always nice to compete at Valley Fields and have your friends come out and support you.”