MU track athletes win 6 titles in Cincinnati


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Six track and field athletes took home individual titles at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational in Cincinnati Saturday.

The Marquette women’s track team finished second with a total of 141 points, while the men’s team took eighth with 44 points.

In middle distance, freshman Anna Strong won the women’s 400 meter dash in 58.32 seconds, while senior Katie Kemmerer placed third in 58.97 seconds. Sophomore Nicole Ethier placed first in the women’s 800 meter run with a time of 2:18.66, and junior Krista McClure took fourth with a time of 2:19.89.

In long distance, senior Spencer Agnew won the men’s 5,000 meter run in a time of 14:43.10, and junior Elisia Meyle won the women’s 10,000 meter run with a time of 36:46.22, while senior Rebecca Pachuta took second in 36:51.26. Sophomore Kayla Spencer finished second in the women’s 5,000 meter run with a time of 17:19.60.

Marquette excelled in field events. Sophomore Brett Tobin leaped to victory in the men’s triple jump with a distance of 41 feet, 8 inches. Junior Samantha Kennedy claimed the women’s hammer throw crown with a toss of 177 feet, 2 inches, while senior Kristen Gaffey finished fourth with a throw of 160 feet, 5 inches. Gaffey also placed fourth in the shot put with a put of 42 feet, 7 inches and fifth in the discus with a throw of 139 feet, 7 inches, and Kennedy placed third in the women’s javelin throw with a toss of 101 feet, 2 inches.

In the women’s high jump, freshman Omo Tseumah finished second with a height of 5 feet, 6 inches. Sophomore Tatyana Pishibin took fourth with a jump of 5 feet, 2.25 inches, and freshman Bridget Bodee placed fifth at 5 feet, 2.25 inches. Pishibin also took fifth in the long jump with a distance of 16 feet, 2.50 inches.

Continuing the field success, senior Bret Hardin took third in the men’s hammer throw with a distance of 185 feet, 5 inches, while freshman John Krzyszkowski finished runner-up in the men’s javelin throw with 167 feet, 8 inches.

The distance events also produced three strong finishes. Freshman Allison Parker finished third in the women’s 1,500 meter run in 4:37.12. Freshman Abigail Busse placed fourth in the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 11:54.47, and sophomore William Hennessey placed fifth in the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase in 9:53.67.

Both teams return to action Friday at the Marquette Duals at Valley Fields.