Men place fourth, women finish sixth in 2019 BIG EAST Championships

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Men place fourth, women finish sixth in 2019 BIG EAST Championships

Junior cross country runner Paolo Tiongson runs in the BIG EAST Tournament.

Junior cross country runner Paolo Tiongson runs in the BIG EAST Tournament.

Junior cross country runner Paolo Tiongson runs in the BIG EAST Tournament.

Junior cross country runner Paolo Tiongson runs in the BIG EAST Tournament.

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Marquette finished fourth on the men’s side and sixth on the women’s side Saturday in the BIG EAST Championships. The Golden Eagles did not have to go far for the tournament, as Marquette hosted it at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s campus.

The meet took place in muddy and snowy conditions, which played a big factor in the race, redshirt senior Ryan Burd said in a statement.

“Although we prepared for this, it was still a bit of a shock when we started running,” Burd said. “You lose a lot of traction and speed going up the hill. Despite that, it was a gritty race and we were able to run through it.”

Seniors led both Marquette’s men’s and women’s teams. Ryan Burd, Daniel Pederson, and Brad Eagan led the way for the men’s team, and Caitlin McGauley led the way for the women’s team. All four of those athletes won All-BIG EAST honors for their performances.

Following the seniors, four men’s runners finished in the top 30: junior Alex Gill, sophomores August Beyer and Jordan Janusiak and freshman Greg Van Hollen. On the women’s side, sophomore Lauren Neiheisel and junior Emily Foley placed in the top 30, and freshman Kate Jochims finished just outside the top 30 at 32nd place.

For many of these runners, this was the last race of the cross country regular season. They will look ahead to track and field, which starts indoor season shortly after winter break. The team will next take part in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Madison.