Wallace breaks heptathlon school record

STORRS, CONN. – On Saturday afternoon, the Marquette University men’s and women’s track teams wrapped up the action at the 2022 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships. The Golden Eagles won six medals on Day 2 and set several personal bests. As a team, the men finished in 6th place and the women in 5th.

“We really came to compete this weekend and I was very happy with our performance,” the head coach said. Bert Rogers. “It was a great weekend to be able to set a bunch of lifetime records and top 10 marks.”

Senior Megane Wallace broke the heptathlon school record with a score of 5340 and won the bronze medal in the event. She set several top-10 marks on her way to setting the school record. Wallace posted the eighth best long jump mark in United history with a distance of 5.73 meters / 18 feet, 9.75 inches. She also recorded the second best mark in school history in the javelin with a throw of 40.79 meters / 133 feet, 10 inches.

Mila Puseljic finished 6th overall in the heptathlon with a score of 4379. Puseljic bettered his personal best in the 800 meters by almost seven seconds with a time of 2:24.70.

Jefferson Osunkwo achieved the best of his life in his last attempt at the triple jump with a mark of 14.47 meters / 47 feet, 5.25 inches. Osunkwo’s performance propelled him to 7th all-time in United history and won him the silver medal.

In the women’s shot put, Allie Flando received second place honors with a throw of 13.90 meters / 45 feet, 7.25 inches. Lizzy Cagle joined her on the podium with a third-place finish and a PR of 13.68 meters/44 feet, 10.75 inches. Flando (40.21m) and Cagle (39.29) also scored for United on discus taking seventh and eighth place respectively.

Lindsey Mirkes found his way to the podium in the high jump by clearing a height of 1.74 meters / 5 feet, 8.50 inches. Mirkes received the bronze medal and is now on the indoor and outdoor high jump podium this year.

“We had a really good streak at the end of the day with Allie (Flando) and Lizzy (Cagle) both getting to the podium on their final shots. Jefferson Osunkwo take second place on his last attempt at the triple jump.”

In the men’s 4x100m relay, Daniel Bendel, Samuel Johnson, Alex Hope and Julian Wright took third place with a time of 41.25 to win bronze. Their time is tied for third in program history. On the women’s side, Breanne Marchan, Siani Brown Carr, Valerie Nzeakor and Carley Hintz ran the No. 9 time in school history with a time of 47.27. They took 6th place overall in the event.

At 400 meters, Arianna Mansavage and Zachary Murray both improved on their personal bests they set on day one of the conference championships. Mansavage finished in 6th place with a PR 54.80 for the 3rd time in MU history. Murray took 4th place in the men’s with a personal best 48.12, his time is No. 6 all-time.

First-year student Kaylee Hopp achieved a great personal best in the triple jump on his last attempt with a mark of 11.73 meters / 38 feet, 6 inches. Hopp took 6th place overall in the event and his brand ranks 7th in program history.

In the 400 meter hurdles, Mitchell Van Vooren surpassed his personal best he set the day before in qualifying with a time of 52.98 in the final. His time is No. 5 all-time and he took 4th place in the event. For women, Adelaide Paradise finished just short of his personal best with a time of 1:02.88. Havens took 4th place and scored a point for MU.

In the decathlon, Simon Werven was the top finisher taking 4th place with a score of 6633 for a new personal best. Werven also achieved PRs in the javelin (41.54m) and 1500 meters (4:33.11). Brady Heller finished 6th overall with a score of 5665. Heller achieved a personal best height in the pole vault with a clearance of 3.45 meters / 11 feet, 3.75 inches.

UConn has won the BIG EAST titles for both men and women.

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BIG EST Rewards:

Most Outstanding Female Performer:
Leah Anderson, St. John’s

Most Outstanding Female Performer on the Pitch:
Sanaa Barnes, Villanova

Most Outstanding Male Performer:
Joshua Paige, Georgetown

Most Outstanding Male Performer:
Jordan Torney, UConn

Male Coach of the Year

Female Coaches of the Year

Female Highlight Performer
Leah Anderson, St. John’s (25 points)

Best Male Performer
Joshua Paige, Georgetown (21.5 points)