AKRON, Ohio- The Louisville men and women both hold first place after the first day of competition at the 2011 BIG EAST Indoor Track Championships at Stile Athletics Field House in Akron, Ohio on Saturday. Day one saw eight BIG EAST individual champions crowned, while three facility records were broken.
On the women’s side, Louisville scored 24 of its 42 points in the weight throw, sweeping the top three spots. Senior and two-time NCAA champion D’Ana McCarty won the event with a Stile Athletics Field House record throw of 22.09 meters. Sophomore Amashi-Ali Kendall followed in second (19.68 meters) while freshman Patrice Gates took third (18.33 meters).
West Virginia senior Chelsea Carrier won the pentathlon for the second straight year, totaling 4,170 points which is the second-highest total in the history of the BIG EAST Championship. WVU has claimed the pentathlon title in four of the last six BIG EAST Championships. Carrier also ran a time of 8.15 in the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles, the fastest time in the conference and fifth-fastest in the nation this season. The Mountaineers stand second with 30 points.
Syracuse holds third place with 22 points. The Orange did not have an event winner but scored nine points in the 5,000-meter run as senior Catherine DeSarle finished third in 16:17.53 and junior Natalie Busby placed sixth in 16:34.39. The team also had two athletes score in the pentathlon. Junior Kelsey Rubeor took third with 3,699 points and freshman Amber Passalaqua finished sixth with 3,330 points.
Louisville junior Charachesicia Lockhart won the women’s long jump with a leap of 6.01 meters to score 10 more points for the Cardinals. Connecticut grabbed 14 points in the long jump, as sophomores Kristen Brown and Whitney Holder finished second and third respectively. The Huskies are fourth with 16 points.
Connecticut senior sprinter Trisha-Ann Hawthorne set the Stile Athletics Field House record in the 60-meter dash, registering a time of 7.35 seconds in the preliminary round. She goes for her third-straight title in the event on Sunday.
Georgetown freshman Emily Jones ran away from the field in the final 200 meters to win the women’s 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:10.96. She outpaced Providence sophomore Shelby Greany who crossed the line in 16:14.5.
Villanova’s distance medley relay team rounded out the record breakers on the first day, as the squad shattered the Stile Athletics Field House record with a time of 11:16.72 to take first.
On the men’s side, Louisville totaled 43 points by winning two individual titles in field events. Junior Wesley Smith won the long jump with a leap of 7.59 meters on his final jump of the competition. It marks the sixth-straight years that a Louisville athlete has won the BIG EAST title in the long jump. Classmate Seon Powell grabbed third for the Cardinals with a jump of 7.13 meters.
Senior Weston Banks won the title in the weight throw with a toss of 18.44 meters. The Cardinals have won the event in five of the six years since they joined the conference.
Notre Dame stands second with 30 points, led by a first-place finish in the pole vault by junior Kevin Schipper. Schipper won the pole vault for the second consecutive year, clearing a height of 5.25 meters. The Schipper family has won the event each of the last four BIG EAST pole vault titles. Kevin’s brother Matt won the event in 2008 and 2009.
Connecticut stands third with 28 points, scoring 11 in the pole vault. Brothers Cory and Kyle Duggan finished in a tie for third place after clearing a height of 4.95 meters in the event.
Villanova junior Hugo Beamish won a tight race in the 5,000-meter run, taking the title with a time of 14:16.11. Providence junior David McCarthy followed in second in 14:17.54.
Syracuse senior Kwaku Boah won the men’s weight throw with a toss of 19.89 meters. He is the first Syracuse athlete to win the event since 1991.
USF sophomore Derrick Hopkins ran a BIG EAST season-best time of 21.73 in the 200-meter dash. Hopkins and senior teammate Greg Fontus finished in the top four of the preliminary round.
Georgetown won the distance medley relay thanks to a strong anchor leg from Ayalew Taye. The senior brought the Hoyas from behind to win the event with a time of 9:49.29.
Sunday is the final day of competition with events beginning at Stile Athletics Field House at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.
Women’s Day 1 Scores
- Louisville, 42
- West Virginia, 30
- Syracuse, 22
- Connecticut, 18
- Georgetown, 18
- USF, 14
- St, John’s, 13
- Providence, 11
- Villanova, 10
- Notre Dame, 8
- Pittsburgh, 5
- DePaul, 2
- Marquette, 1
Men’s Day 1 Scores
- Louisville, 43
- Notre Dame, 30
- Connecticut, 28
- Villanova, 25
- Syracuse, 20
- Providence, 16
- Georgetown, 10
- USF, 8
- Marquette, 7
- Rutgers, 1
- DePaul, 0