VILLANOVA, Pa. – Two meet records were set at the second day of the 2011 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Jumbo Elliott Track at Villanova Stadium on Saturday. Louisville leads the women’s team standings with 50 points after sweeping the podium in the shot put. A title for the Cardinals would make the program the first team since Pittsburgh in 2005 to win both the Indoor and Outdoor team championships. USF and Syracuse stand tied for second with 44 points. The Bulls have never finished higher than seventh at the BIG EAST Championships.
Louisville also leads the men’s side with 70 points after claiming first in three events on Saturday. Connecticut follows in second with 64 points.
On the women’s side, USF junior Denise vonEynatten won the pole vault, setting a meet record after clearing a height of 4.21 meters. The junior also broke the meet record in the pole vault at the 2011 BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Bulls claimed the top-two spots, with senior Stephanie Duffy taking second.
Louisville senior D’Ana McCarty won her second title of the weekend, taking first in the women’s shot put with a meet-record throw of 16.72 meters. She led a 1-2-3 finish by the Cardinals, as junior Khadija Abdullah placed second (16.33 meters) and senior Chinwe Okoro took third (16.13 meters).
Syracuse junior Kelsey Rubeor gave the Orange their fifth-straight women’s heptathlon title, registering a season-high 5,680 points to finish first in the event. Syracuse has had an athlete win the title each year since 2007. Rubeor’s total is the second-highest in BIG EAST Championship history. She placed first in the shot put, long jump and javelin en route to the top spot. Notre Dame junior Maddie Buttinger finished second with 5,430 points, while West Virginia senior Katelyn Williams grabbed third with 5,044 points.
West Virginia senior Chelsea Carrier became the first Mountaineer to win the BIG EAST title in the women’s long jump, posting a season-best distance of 6.42 meters. The mark also was the longest jump at the BIG EAST Championship since Rutgers’ Shameka Marshall jumped 6.47 meters in 2005. Louisville senior Rachel Gehret, the 2009 champion in the event, placed second with a distance of 6.18 meters.
The Mountaineers also took the crown in the 10,000-meter run. Junior Kate Harrison won the event in a time of 33:59.84, while teammate Sarah-Anne Brault followed in second with a time of 34:04.63.
DePaul’s Melissa Fraser won her second consecutive BIG EAST javelin title, and third crown overall, with a toss of 51.95 meters. The mark is the longest throw at the championship since 2002.
Connecticut junior Meghan Cunningham ran a season-best time of 10:14.07 to win the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She is the second Husky to win the event and first since 2007. Syracuse claimed spots two through four, with junior Katie Hursey leading the trio in second. Classmates Heather Stephens and Cassie White placed third and fourth, respectively.
Other notable performances included Connecticut senior Trisha-Ann Hawthorne setting a Jumbo Elliott Track record in the 100-meter dash preliminaries with at time of 11.43. Hawthorne also qualified for the finals of the 200-meter dash. She has a chance to become the first four-time champion in two events. Villanova junior Shericka Ward ran the second-fastest time in BIG EAST Championship history in the 200-meter dash at 23.30, which also is a BIG EAST season-best mark.
The Louisville men claimed three event titles during the second day of competition to take a lead in the team standings. Junior Wesley Smith continued the tradition of Cardinals’ long jump champions, winning the event with a leap of 7.63 meters. Smith became the fifth Louisville athlete in the last six years to win the Outdoor long jump title.
The Cardinals finished one-two in both the 3,000-meter steeplechase and high jump events. Senior Matt Hughes won the steeplechase after running the second-fastest time in BIG EAST Championship history, crossing in 8:44.39. The time also ranks No. 7 in the country this season. Freshman Mattias Wolter finished second in a time of 8:57.05. Sophomore Mike Edwards took the crown in the high jump after a jump off, clearing a height of 2.13 meters. Senior Neil Angermeier placed second.
Connecticut junior Aaron King totaled a BIG EAST season-best 7,042 points to win the title in the men’s decathlon. King became the first BIG EAST athlete to win the title in both the Indoor heptathlon and the Outdoor decathlon in the same season. The junior won the long jump, shot put, 110-hurdles and discus to finish first among the nine competitors. Teammate Jesse Chapman followed in second with 6,643 points. Rutgers junior Mike Baird took third with 6,372 points.
DePaul junior Tim Nedow followed his Indoor shot put title with a first-place finish in the outdoor event. Nedow had a toss of 17.75 meters, edging Louisville’s Weston Banks by .06 meters to become the first Blue Demon to win the BIG EAST Outdoor shot put title.
Connecticut sophomore Cody Unger had the third-longest throw in BIG EAST Championship history to win the javelin with a mark of 70.19 meters. Syracuse Tito Medrano repeated as the 10,000-meter champion, completing the race in a facility-record time of 29:34.06.
Other notable performances included Georgetown junior Toby Ulm running the second-best time in the conference in the 400-meter hurdles to run the top time in the preliminaries. USF senior Antillio Bastian and Marquette’s Tyler O’Brien ran BIG EAST season-best times in the 100 and 200-meter dash preliminary events, respectively. Bastian registered 10.32 in the 100 and O’Brien ran a 21.05 in the 200.
The final day of the 2011 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships will begin at 10:00 a.m., tomorrow, May 8, with the men’s pole vault and discus throw leading off a full day of finals.
Current Standings and Point Totals
Men (Through 8 Events Scored)
1. Louisville, 70 points
2. Connecticut 64
3. Notre Dame, 47.50
4. Syracuse, 29
5. Rutgers, 22
t6. Villanova, 13
t6. Pittsburgh, 13
8. USF, 12
t9. DePaul, 11
t9. Cincinnati, 11
t9. Georgetown, 11
12. Marquette, 8.5
Women (Through 8 Events Scored)
1. Louisville, 50 points
t2. USF, 44
t2. Syracuse, 44
4. West Virginia, 41
5. Connecticut, 24
6. DePaul, 23
7. Cincinnati, 20
t8. Notre Dame, 18
t8. Villanova, 18
10. Pittsburgh, 12
11. Georgetown, 7
12. Marquette, 5
13. Rutgers, 4
14. Providence, 2
Decathlon – Aaron King, Connecticut, 7,042 points
10,000m – Tito Medrano, Syracuse, 29:34.06
110m Hurdles –
400m Hurdles –
3,000m Steeplechase – Matt Hughes, Louisville, 8:44.39
4x100 Relay –
4x400 Relay –
4x800 Relay –
Javelin – Cody Unger, Connecticut, 70.19m (230’-03”)
Shot Put – Tim Nedow, DePaul, 17.75m (58’-03.00”)
Hammer – John Belcher, Notre Dame, 58.89m (193’-02”)
Pole Vault –
Long Jump – Wesley Smith, Louisville, 7.63m (25’-00.50”)
High Jump – Mike Edwards, Louisville, 2.13m (6’-11.75”)
Triple Jump -
Heptathlon – Kelsey Rubeor, Syracuse, 5,680 points
10,000m – Kate Harrison, West Virginia, 33:59.84
100m Hurdles –
400m Hurdles –
3,000m Steeplechase – Meghan Cunningham, Connecticut, 10:14.07
4x100 Relay –
4x400 Relay –
4x800 Relay –
Javelin – Melissa Fraser, DePaul, 51.95m (170’-05”)
Shot Put – D’Ana McCarty, Louisville, 16.72m (54’-10.25”)*
Hammer – D’Ana McCarty, Louisville, 59.59m (195’-06”)
Pole Vault – Denise vonEynatten, USF, 4.21m (13’-09.75”)*
Long Jump – Chelsea Carrier, West Virginia, 6.42m (21’-00.75”)
High Jump –
Triple Jump –
* meet record