Conference Calls - BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Out to Quick Start

Before taking a break for finals and the holidays, BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field athletes wrapped up 2012 with impressive marks. Four men's and seven women's BIG EAST indoor track & field teams combined for 28 top-10 national marks in the month of December.


On the men's side, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers and Villanova posted top-10 finishes. Providence leads all BIG EAST men's indoor track & field teams with three top-5 runners in the 3000m. Senior Dominic Channon (2nd - 8:16.72), junior Jonathan Hopkins (4th - 8:17.25) and sophomore Liam Hillery (5th - 8:18.30) finished within two seconds of each other at the Brown University Alden Invitational on Dec. 1.


Notre Dame junior Patrick Feeney is currently ranked second in the 400m dash with a time of 47.24. His teammate Christopher Giesting rounds out the top-5 with a time of 47.64. Villanova sophomore Dusty Solis ran a mile time of 4:12.81 at the Jack Pryah Invitational on Dec. 1 to rank sixth in current USTFCCCCA rankings.


Rutgers has dominated jumping events for men. Sophomore Corey Crawford holds the top spot in the nation in long jump by .11 meters with a jump of 7.60m. Crawford's first-place finish at the New Year's Invitational on Dec. 9 in the event earned him BIG EAST Men's Track Athlete of the Week honors for the week of Dec. 10.


Also for the Scarlet Knights, senior Kevin Bostick ranks third in the triple jump at 15.25m, recorded at the New Year's Invitational. The senior is .05 meters behind second and .36 meters behind the top jump of 15.58m by Eastern Michigan's Donald Scott.


For the women, the BIG EAST currently holds 20 top-10 marks. In the 400m, Michelle Brown of Notre Dame ranks first nationally with a time of 54.79, recorded at the Notre Dame Blue and Gold meet on Dec. 7. The junior is the only runner to break 55 seconds so far this season. Her teammate Margaret Bamgbose (6th - 55.82) and Molly Ellis of St. John's (5th - 55.75) are also ranked in the top-10.


Villanova's Kelsey Margey is the only freshman to have the top mark in an event so far this season. The freshman ran the 800m in 2:09.50 at the Jack Pryah Invitational on Dec. 1 for the best time nationally. Georgetown's Rachel Paul (7th - 2:13.12) and Cincinnati's Kaitlyn Good (10th - 2:13.79) also made the top-10. Good's time of 2:13.79 at the SPIRE Collegiate Season Opener on Dec. 15 was run as part of the indoor pentathlon. Her finished helped her total 3907 points in the pentathlon, which currently ranks third in the nation.


In the 60m sprint, Louisville's Margret Harris ranks third with a time of 7.38. Her career best, the senior's time is only .06 seconds off the top 60m runner. Pittsburgh's Funmi Alabi (7th - 7.42) and Jonnique Lawrence (8th - 7.44) ran to top-10 times at the Kent State Golden Flash Gala on Dec. 7.


Also from Pittsburgh, Arielle Fonrose ranks 10th in the 200m with a time of 24.73. The senior is one of only three competitors in the top-10 to record her mark on a flat track.


A pair of sophomores from Notre Dame both rank in the top-5 in the 60m hurdles. Kaila Barber (3rd - 8.32) and twin sister Jade (5th - 8.40) both ran their top-5 times at the Notre Dame Blue and Gold meet.


In women's field, Louisville's Michelle Theophille jumped to a number two ranking in high jump at the Hoosier Open on Dec. 7 with a mark of 1.85m. Cincinnati's Erika Hurd is currently in a nine-way lock for 10th with a jump of 1.73m.


Fellow Cincinnati teammate MacKenzie Fields is tied for first in the pole vault (4.10m), and Villanova's Alex Wasik ranks seventh with a mark of 3.90m. Also in jumps, Pittsburgh's Ashley Corum ranks fourth in the triple jump (12.16m).


In women's throws, Louisville seniors Khadija Abdullah and Amashi-Ali Kendall posted top marks in the shot put and weight throw, respectively. Abdullah ranks fourth in shot put with a mark of 16.80m, and Kendall is seventh in the weight throw with a toss of 20.01m.


The top-16 marks in each event qualify for the 2012-13 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. The next BIG EAST awards and notes will be available the week of Jan. 14.


 All times and rankings courtesy of the track and field results reporting system and the USTFCCCCA