PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Connecticut claimed three of the four BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field weekly honors as announced on Tuesday. The Huskies swept the women’s awards, as junior Heather Wilson was named BIG EAST Female Track Athlete of the Week and classmate Victoria Flowers was named BIG EAST Female Field Athlete of the Week. On the men’s side, Louisville sophomore Michael Edwards was named BIG EAST Male Field Athlete of the Week and Connecticut junior Mike Rutt was named Male Track Athlete of the Week.
Wilson was named BIG EAST Female Track Athlete of the Week after setting a Connecticut record in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:45.52. The junior won the event at the URI Invitational and her time ranks first in the BIG EAST this season.
Flowers garnered BIG EAST Female Field Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week after winning both the shot put and the weight throw at the URI Invitational. Flowers had a toss of 15.37 meters to win the shot put, following that by registering 20.19 meters in the weight throw. The 20.19-meter distance ranks Flowers second in the BIG EAST and fifth in the nation in the weight throw.
Edwards earned BIG EAST Male Field Athlete of the Week after clearing a height of 2.15 meters in the high jump at the Gladstein Invitational. The sophomore finished second in the meet, and the mark is tops in the BIG EAST this season and 13th nationally.
Rutt was named BIG EAST Male Track Athlete of the Week after helping Connecticut to the Albany Great Dane Classic title by winning both the 800 and 1,000-meter events. Rutt ran a time of 1:51.45 in the 800, which ranks him first in the BIG EAST and 17th in the country this season. His time of 2:24.47 in the 1,000 is the third-fastest time in the league this season.
The next BIG EAST Track and Field Weekly Awards will be released on Feb. 1, 2011.