Women's Cross Country Third, Men Sixth at Bradley Classic

Oct. 18, 2013

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PEORIA, Ill. - The Marquette University women's cross country team placed third and the men sixth, at the Bradley "Pink" Classic on Friday, Oct. 18 in Peoria, Ill., at the Newman Golf Course.

The women, who ran a distance of 6,000 meters for the first time this year, recorded 103 total places in the meet to place third in the championship race, while the men were sixth with 164 total places.

"Overall it was a very solid day for both groups," Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. "The women ran exceptionally well and Kellie Greenwood led us once again with an exceptional race. Brittney Feivor also had an awesome race and I thought the pack of women from 3-6 did a wonderful job for us and moved up throughout. The Bradley Classic was a great tune up for the BIG EAST Championships."

Sophomore Kellie Greenwood (21:25), who has led the women at every meet this season, placed 12th overall and was followed for the second meet in a row by freshman Brittney Feivor (21:37) in 18th place.

The women's third through sixth runners finished in a spread of eight seconds, led by senior Rebecca Pachuta in a big personal best of 21:43 (24th overall). Freshman Alison Parker (28th, 21:46), sophomore Kayla Spencer (29th, 21:48) and Elisia Meyle (35th, 21:51) were the MU runners who placed fourth, fifth and sixth.

Redshirt senior Spencer Agnew led the men for the second time this season with a sixth-place finish in a personal-best time of 24:32. Classmate Jack Senefeld followed Agnew in 12th place (24:49), while redshirt sophomore Blake Lawson continued his ascent to the top of MU's ranks with a new personal best of 25:24 to finish 44th.

 "Spencer Agnew led us with one of the best races of his career and it was definitely a great day for him," Nelson said. "The men had solid races down the line from Spencer on and I was pleased with how the guys did. It was their best race of the year so far.

"Blake Lawson had another awesome effort and I am impressed with the job he is doing," Nelson said. "Marc DiVerde also did a phenomenal job today."

David Sajdak was MU's No. 4 runner in 25:39 (66th overall) and finished just ahead of junior Marc DiVerde (25:40; 68th). Sophomores William Hennessy (84th) and Andres Tineo-Paz (94th) rounded out Marquette's top seven in times of 25:48 and 25:56, respectively.

The men placed second and the women fifth in the championship races a year ago at the same meet.

Freshman Nate Gomoll was MU's top finisher in the men's open race with a time of 26:04 (sixth overall), while junior captain Haley Loprieno topped MU's women's open entries with a ninth-place finish in 23:08.

The Golden Eagles return to action at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships, which they will host on Saturday, Nov. 2 in Somers, Wis., at the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course.