Brandon McKinney led the way for Marquette track and field on Friday as both the men’s and the women’s team put themselves in solid positions in the first day of the 2019 Big East Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The Marquette men are tied with Villanova for first place with seven events finished. Both teams have 76 points, with Butler posing a threat in third place with 62 points. On the women’s side, Marquette has a bit of catching up to do as they sit in second place with 41 points. Villanova leads the way there as well with 76 points after the completion of six events.
The men sit tied for first with Villanova after day one at @BIGEASTchamps. Senior Brendan McKinney with the first event victory as the repeat hammer throw winner. #WeAreMarquette pic.twitter.com/9XjOQshiQz— Marquette TF/XC (@MUTFXC) May 10, 2019
McKinney, a senior from Arlington Heights, IL, won his second straight hammer throw title, recording a best mark of 56.19 meters. He outpaced teammate Terrance Howard who finished second with a distance of 53.84 meters, with those two ending up as the only competitors to break 50 meters.
As is tradition for the Golden Eagles, they did damage in the field events on Day 1. In addition to what McKinney and Howard did, MU went 3-4 in the women’s hammer throw, and 2-3 in both men’s and women’s pole vault.
Friday featured a number of Golden Eagles advancing to finals on Saturday. I’m just gonna make some lists here, because it gets unwieldy as sentences.
Bre Marchan — 100 meters
Emma Moravec — 800 meters
Emily Foley — 1,500 meters
Lauren Neiheisel — 1,500 meters
Madison Ricciardi — 100 meter hurdles
Adelaide Havens — 400 meter hurdles
Arianna Mansavage — 400 meters
Connor Boos — 100 meters; 200 meters
Brad Egan — 800 meters
Danny Peterson — 1,500 meters
Sam Sagan — 400 meters
In addition to those advances, things are going well for Marquette in the multi-events. Joe Keys and William Eggers are 1-2 in the decathlon, with Eggers holding a 700+ point advantage over third place. There’s also only three participants, so that’s basically free points to beat out Villanova right there. On the women’s side, Madison Marko sits in third in the heptathlon. She’s less than 200 points out of second place, and less than 500 points out of first place.