PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
BIG EAST student-athletes competed at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., March 12-13. BIG EAST results were highlighted by a record-setting and NCAA championship performance in the weight throw by Louisville junior D'Ana McCarty, as well as a top-10 finish by the West Virginia women's team.
The Mountaineer women captured the highest team finish at the NCAA Championships by a BIG EAST team, tallying 18 points for a 10th-place finish. They were followed by Villanova in 17th (14 points), Louisville in 21st (10 points), Connecticut in 28th (eight points), Georgetown in 34th (seven points), Seton Hall and Syracuse tied in 46th (three points) and St. John's in 60th (0.5 points).
On the men's side, Louisville had the highest finish, placing 40th with four points. Notre Dame was the only other BIG EAST school to earn points, placing 53rd with two points.
The BIG EAST's complete top performances list can be accessed at www.directathletics.com, and a full list of NCAA Championships results can be found at www.ncaa.com
With four individuals competing at the NCAA Championships in five events, the Huskies were represented well among the best women's track and field collegiate athletes in the country. For the second straight year, sophomore Victoria Flowers earned all-America status with her second-place finish in the weight throw. The two-time All-American's throw of 21.44 meters is the third best throw in the country this year. Her mark is also a Connecticut record. Three-time all-American senior Carin Knight finished in a tie for 12th place in the high jump with a mark of 1.78 meters. Senior Phylicia George ran the 60 meter hurdles, finishing in 11th place in the preliminaries with a time of 8.24, breaking the school record. Junior Trisha-Ann Hawthorne competed in two events as she placed 12th in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.37 and 16th in the 200 meters with a time of 23.92.
Georgetown (men): Junior Chris Kinney set a school record and earned all-America distinction in the 60-meter hurdles. His time of 7.81 bested the previous record he set less than a month ago at the BIG EAST Championships (7.83). This marks his first All-America honor.
Georgetown (women): Sophomore Emily Infeld led the Hoyas with two all-America distinctions as she anchored the third-place distance medley relay team with a school-record performance in the 1,600 meters at 4:33.50. She then came back the next day to finish eighth in the 3,000 meters for her second honor. In the DMR, three-fourths of last year's squad competed in this year's race. The third-place squad featured seniors Renee Tomlin and Abigail Johnson, freshman Rachel Schneider and Infeld and timed in at 11:01.40 Infeld is now a five-time all-American while Tomlin and Johnson now have two distinctions to their names. It was the first honor for Schneider.
Louisville (men): Senior Tone Belt finished sixth in the high jump at the 2010 NCAA Championships. The 2007 NCAA indoor long jump champion concluded the indoor season by clearing 2.19 meters, tying his best jump of the season. Belt entered the final day of competition with the 18th-best mark in