GENEVA, OHIO – The Connecticut men and Notre Dame women emerged from SPIRE Institute on Sunday as BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Champions. The Fighting Irish finished first with 141 points, while the Huskies swept the men’s field with 142 points.
Connecticut started early on Saturday, with four competitors scoring in the heptathlon, including Jake Waruch (2nd, 5,261 points), Ben Waruch (3rd, 5,146 pts.), Jesse Chapman (4th, 5,083 pts.) and Kris Horn (4,965 pts.). Junior Darnell Cummings won the 60m on Sunday (6.76) and placed second in the 200m (21.19). The Huskies won the 4x800m relay team with a time of 7:32.60, and Joshua Faboyede placed second in the weight throw with a heave of 19.29m.
Notre Dame combined experience and a few surprise performances to take the 2013 BIG EAST Women’s Indoor Track & Field title. Co-women’s track performer of the meet Jade Barber won the 60m hurdles (8.23) and took second in the 200m (24.04). The Fighting Irish also took second and third in the 60m hurdles. Defending champion Nevada Sorenson finished second (8.33) and Kaila Barber claimed third (8.48). Junior Michelle Brown finished first in the 400m (53.30) and freshman Margaret Bamgbose took third (54.41). Notre Dame also got a surprise second-place victory from sophomore Carly Loeffel in the pentathlon, finishing with 3,915 points.
Men’s Most Outstanding Track Performer: Brycen Spratling, Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh junior Brycen Spratling highlighted a series of meet records on Sunday, when he ran the third-fastest 500m time in world history at 1:00.37, according to the USTFCCCA. Spratling’s time is the best this season, though the event is not run at the NCAA championships. His previous meet record set last year was 1:00.63. Spratling was also the second leg of the winning 4x400m relay team for Pittsburgh that set a meet record with a time of 3:07.32.
Men’s Most Outstanding Field Performer: Sam Bombaugh, Louisville
Louisville junior Sam Bombaugh won both the men’s shot put and weight throw. Bombaugh took the weight throw on Saturday with a toss of 19.99m, and earned first place in the shot put on Sunday with a heave of 17.42 meters. The junior is the first to win both men’s throwing events at the same BIG EAST championship.
Women’s Most Outstanding Track Performer: Jade Barber, Notre Dame; Emily Lipari, Villanova
Notre Dame sophomore Jade Barber won the 60m hurdles (8.23) and placed second in the 200m (24.04). Barber was also the first leg of the winning 4x400m relay team for the Fighting Irish (3:36.88).
Villanova junior Emily Lipari ran three races on Sunday, winning the 1,000m (2:46.19), and taking seventh (4:46.68) in the mile less than 1.5 hours later. Lipari was also the anchor of the winning 4x800m relay team (8:40.50), coming from behind in the final stretch of the race.
Women’s Most Outstanding Field Performer: Monique Williams, USF
USF senior Monique Williams won the long jump (12.58m) and the triple jump (5.97m), earning the first major award all-time for the USF women’s indoor track & field program. Williams defended her long jump championship from 2012, and became the eighth woman all-time to win both the long and triple jump at BIG EAST championships.
Team Scores – Men
1. Connecticut (142)
2. Notre Dame (105.5)
3. USF (89)
4. Villanova (82)
5. Louisville (65)
6. Pittsburgh (60)
6. Syracuse (60)
8. Georgetown (56)
9. Providence (42)
10. Rutgers (40.5)
11. Marquette (22)
12. DePaul (15)
Team Scores – Women
1. Notre Dame (141)
2. Connecticut (109)
3. Villanova (98.5)
4. USF (84.5)
5. Georgetown (74)
6. Louisville (65)
7. Pittsburgh (50)
8. Cincinnati (39)
9. Syracuse (30)
10. Rutgers (25)
11. Providence (21)
11. St. John’s (21)
13. Marquette (14)
14. DePaul (8)
Major Award Winners
Men’s Most Outstanding Track Performer:
Brycen Spratling, Pittsburgh
Men’s Most Outstanding Field Performer:
Sam Bombough, Louisville
Women’s Most Outstanding Track Performer:
Jade Barber, Notre Dame
Emily Lipari, Villanova
Women's Most Outstanding Field Performer
Monique WIlliams, USF
Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year:
Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year: