Marquette competes at Eastern Illinois, looks forward to home meet

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Photo courtesy of Marquette Athletics

Photo courtesy of Marquette Athletics

After a successful showing at the Eastern Illinois Big Blue Invitational in Charleston, Ill., Marquette track and field will get ready for its first and only home meet of the year against the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers Friday.

Sophomore distance runner Brittany Feivor is worth keeping an eye on this meet after a stellar performance at Eastern Illinois. Feivor took first place in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:17.95. It was her first win of the season.

If the Big Blue Invitational is any indication of how things will transpire this weekend, there are also plenty of short-distance runners to watch. The women’s 4×100 relay team of Arra Strong, Anna Strong, Tercia Harris and Cassy Goodrich submitted a time of 47.74 seconds – good enough for the 10th fastest mark in Marquette history. However, despite their impressive time, the runners only managed to place sixth out of the nine teams competing in the event.

Goodrich also contributed some impressive individual performances last weekend. The freshman phenom set personal bests in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes with times of 12.10 and 24.61 seconds, respectively.

Goodrich has had a stellar season so far. She has set the Marquette records for the 200 and 300-meter runs and was part of the four-woman team that holds the school record for the distance medley relay. The Franksville, Wis., native also holds three freshman records and recorded three top-three finishes at the Big East Indoor Championships. Goodrich is primed to set even more records in the future and is definitely one to watch against UWM.

Men’s track and field also had a slew of solid contributors last weekend. Aric Miller and Cody Haberkorn each set personal records in the 1,500-meter race, while William Hennessy took second in the steeplechase.

“Overall, we had some good efforts. I thought we competed hard,” coach Bert Rogers said. “As a team, the goal was to get a lot of volume, get a lot of races, get competitions in, and get jumps in as we build forward for the Big East Championships.”

The meet against UWM will take place at Valley Fields and will start with field events at 1 p.m., followed by running events at 4 p.m. Unlike many collegiate track and field meets, this one will last only one day.