PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Louisville, Notre Dame and Syracuse split the season’s fifth BIG EAST outdoor track and field weekly awards as announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Notre Dame senior Kevin Schipper was named Men’s BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week for the second-straight week while Louisville senior Chinwe Okoro was honored as the Women’s BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week for the third straight week. Louisville freshman Calvin Arsenault was honored as Men’s BIG EAST Track Athlete of the Week while Syracuse graduate student Katie Hursey was selected as the Women’s BIG EAST Track Athlete of the Week.
Schipper won his fourth title of the spring with a vault of 5.40 meters at the Polytan Invitational. The vault was .50 meters better than the second-place competitor. The mark is tied for 10th place nationally and is the best mark this season in the BIG EAST.
Okoro was named Women’s BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week after she registered a pair of victories in the throwing events, taking first in the shot put and the discus. Her shot put mark of 17.16 meters at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational broke the school record. The mark ranks first in the BIG EAST and ninth nationally. Her discus mark of 56.40 is also the best mark in the conference and gives her the No. 4 ranking nationally.
Arsenault earned Men’s BIG EAST Track Athlete of the Week after he broke the 13-year-old school record in the 110m hurdles at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational. Clocking a first-place time of 14.08, his mark ranks fourth in the BIG EAST and 47th nationally. Arsenault also registered a pair of second-place finishes, taking runner-up in the 400m hurdles and in the 4x400m relays.
Hursey was named Women’s BIG EAST Track Athlete of the Week after she finished first in the 3000m steeplechase at the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational. Her time of 10:16.57 is currently the 17th fastest in the nation and second fastest in the BIG EAST.