CINCINNATI, OHIO - After the first day of competition at the 2010 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Syracuse's Uhonoma Osazuwa and Connecticut's Sean Smith lead the heptathlon and decathlon, respectively. Osasuwa won the heptathlon and Smith won the decathlon at the 2009 championships, and both ended the regular season atop the BIG EAST performance lists.
Osazuwa tallied 3,497 points over the first four events of the heptathlon. The senior earned the top marks in three of four events, including the 100-meter hurdles (14.08 seconds), high jump (1.79 meters) and 200-meter dash (24.82). Her distance of 12.00 meters in the shot put placed second. Notre Dame sophomore Maddie Buttinger stands in second with 3,263, while St. John's junior Priscilla Frederick rounds out the top three with 3,259 points.
With 3,900 points, Smith dominated the field events of the decathlon, earning the top marks in the long jump (7.05 meters), shot put (12.99 meters) and high jump (2.00 meters). In the long jump, the senior was the only competitor to pass the seven-meter mark, while in the high jump, he was the only athlete to eclipse the bar at two meters. After five events, Connecticut sophomore Jacob Waruch tallied 3,669 points for second place, while Notre Dame junior Justin Schneider registered 3,645 to finish the day in third.
The second day of the 2010 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships will begin at 9:00 a.m., tomorrow, May 1, with the men's decathlon running the 110-meter hurdles and the women's heptathlon competing in the javelin.