PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Connecticut, USF and West Virginia split the season’s second BIG EAST outdoor track and field weekly awards as announced by the conference office on Tuesday. USF claimed two awards as senior Jared Thomas was named Men’s BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week while senior David Aristil was honored as the Men’s BIG EAST Track Athlete of the week. West Virginia senior Chelsea Carrier-Eades was honored as Women’s BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week while Connecticut junior Brigitte Mania was selected at the Women’s BIG EAST Track Athlete of the Week.
Thomas earned Men’s BIG EAST Track Athlete of the Week after he placed ninth at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. He made the finals in the discus-A division and placed ninth with a mark of 56.22-meters.
Carrier-Eades is off to a strong outdoor start after sitting out the indoor season. Her performance last weekend at the Clyde Lifflefield Texas Relays where she earned a score of 5,821 points is currently best in the nation. Her career-best heptathlon score and school record of 5,927 points was set in 2011 at the Texas Relays She finished first in the 100m dash with a time of 13.40 and first in the long jump with a 6.22-meter leap. She finished second in the 200m dash with a time of 24.16 while her jump of 1.72-meters was good enough for second in the high jump.
Aristil earned Men’s BIG EAST Track Athlete of the Week after he placed eighth in the 400m hurdles at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays with a time of 52.58.
Mania was named Women’s BIG EAST Track Athlete of the Week after placing first in the 800m run at the Raleigh Relays. Her time of 2:04.86 is the fastest time in the nation this season. She placed second in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:22.72. That time is currently tenth fastest in the nation.
The next BIG EAST track and field weekly awards will be released on April 10, 2012.