PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Three schools were recognized in the latest BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field weekly honors as announced on Wednesday. Villanova swept the Track Athlete of the Week awards, with senior Sheila Reid claiming BIG EAST Female Athlete of the Week and freshman Samuel Ellison notching BIG EAST Male Athlete of the Week. Notre Dame senior Justin Schneider was named BIG EAST Male Field Athlete of the Week and Connecticut junior Victoria Flowers earned BIG EAST Female Field Athlete of the Week.
Ellison was named BIG EAST Male Track Athlete of the Week after finishing first in the 500-meter at the New York Armory on Jan. 15. The freshman finished with an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:02.76, ranking him first in the BIG EAST in the event this season. Ellison also helped the 1,600-meter relay team to a fourth-place finish with a time of 3:22.90.
Schneider garnered BIG EAST Male Field Athlete of the Week after winning the heptathlon at the Bob Eubanks Open on Jan. 13. He bested his own school record in the event, totaling 5,339 points which is also tops in the NCAA and the BIG EAST this season. Schneider won five of the six heptathlon events, placing second only in the 60-meter hurdles.
Reid earned BIG EAST Female Track Athlete of the Week by winning the mile race at the New York Armory on Jan. 15. The 2010 BIG EAST Cross Country champion ran an NCAA season-best time of 4:11.14 to take first-place in the event.
Flowers was named BIG EAST Female Field Athlete of the Week after being named Athlete of the Meet at the New York Armory on Jan. 15. Flowers won both the shot put (15.77 meters) and the weight throw (20.18 meters) to help Connecticut finish first at the meet. Her toss in the shot put was a personal best and ranks second in the BIG EAST and 11th in the nation this season. In the weight throw, her distance of 20.18 meters ranks her second in the BIG EAST and fifth in the nation.
The next BIG EAST Track and Field Weekly Awards will be released on Jan. 25, 2011.