BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Weekly Notebook - Jan. 20

Providence, R.I. - With the BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Championships just a month away, the season is heating up, with almost every team in action this weekend. Villanova's Sheila Reid highlighted the performances last week, notching an NCAA season-best time in the mile. The BIG EAST's complete top performances list can be accessed at www.directathletics.com.
 
Where they will be this week...
Men
Cornell Upstate Challenge (Ithaca, N.Y.): Syracuse
GBTC Invitational (Cambridge, Mass.): Providence
Gladstein Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.): Louisville
Great Dane Classic (New York, N.Y.): Pittsburgh, Villanova
Milwaukee (Milwaukee, Wis.): Marquette
Minnesota Invitational (Minneapolis, Minn.): USF
Navy (Annapolis, Md.): Rutgers
Notre Dame Invitational (Notre Dame, Ind.): DePaul, Notre Dame
UConn Heptathlon (Storrs, Conn.): Connecticut
Idle: Georgetown
 
Women
All-Ohio Track and Field Championships (Akron, Ohio): Cincinnati
Cornell Upstate Challenge (Ithaca, N.Y.): Syracuse
Gladstein Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.): Louisville
Great Dane Classic (New York, N.Y.): Pittsburgh, Villanova
Milwaukee (Milwaukee, Wis.): Marquette
Minnesota Invitational (Minneapolis, Minn.): USF
Notre Dame Invitational: DePaul, Notre Dame
Princeton Relays (Princeton, N.J.): Rutgers
Sorlein Invitational (Kingston, R.I): Providence
UConn Heptathlon (Storrs, Conn.): Connecticut
WV State Farm Games (Morgantown, W. Va.): West Virginia
Idle: Georgetown,St. John's
 
Cincinnati: UC finished first at the Akron Opener on Jan. 7 at Stile Field House, the site of the 2011 BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Bearcats finished with 112 team points, edging out Akron, which finished with 109 points. Senior Natasha Burse won the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.70, while junior Aricka Rhodes notched a BIG EAST season-best time in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.00 seconds to claim first. Four other individuals also took home individual titles at the meet. Junior Kathy Klump won the 800-meter run, senior Michele McKenney won the 8,000 meter, junior Paris Campbell took the 60-meter hurdles and junior Mackenzie Fields won the pole vault.
 
The Bearcats were idle last week. The squad is in action on Jan. 21 at the All-Ohio Track and Field Championships.
 
Connecticut: The Connecticut men opened the 2011 indoor season at the Yale Invitational on Jan. 15, bringing home five individual first place finishes and two relay victories. The individual victories during the invite came from senior Tyrone Favery in the triple jump, junior Mike Alleman in the shot put, senior Kyle Duggan in the pole vault, senior Mike Rutt in the mile and freshman Noel James in the high jump. The Distance Medley Relay of junior Alex Bennatan, junior Tim Bennatan, freshman Chris Dailey and senior Dan Holst finished first in 10:01.97 while the 4x400 relay of senior Kyle Edmonds, freshman Kyle Twombly, sophomore Chris Whyte and sophomore Eric Fontanez also won with a time of 3:18.26.
 
UConn will host its lone indoor meet of the season when they hold the UConn Heptathlon on Jan. 20 and Jan. 21.
 
DePaul: DePaul men's and women's teams competed at the Badger Track Classic on Jan. 15 in Madison, Wis. Eastern Illinois, Marquette, Milwaukee, Northern Illinois and host school Wisconsin all joined the Blue Demons.
 
For the second year in a row, junior Toni Salvatore represented DePaul in the 1,000 meter at the Badger Track Classic, and for the second-straight year, Salvatore finished in first with a time of 2:59.87. Sophomore Courtney Avvampato and junior Kelly Pickering also represented the Blue Demons in the 1,000 meter, finishing in eighth and eleventh respectively.
 
Junior Tim Nedow continued to perform well in the shot put and walked away with his third-straight victory with a distance of 17.93 meters. Junior Ryan Asta also represented the Blue Demons in the shot put, placing third.

Junior Kelcie Daniels won the 600-meter run with a time of 1:36.99. Freshman Alexandra Muller also competed in the 600 meter and finished sixth.

DePaul travels back to South Bend, Ind. for the Notre Dame Invitational on Jan. 22.
 
Georgetown: Georgetown hosted the inaugural Hoya Spiked Shoe Club Invitational on Jan. 14. The Hoyas welcomed Howard, Richmond and William & Mary to the Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence on the campus of Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Md.
 
Senior Ayalew Taye took the men's mile with a time of 4:08.82, a BIG EAST and IC4A qualifying time. Senior Toby Ulm won the men's 500-meter with a time of 1:03.91, while junior Austin Perron took first in the men's 300-meter dash.
 
Sophomore Tenille Stoudemire won the women's 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.69, a BIG EAST qualifying time. Freshman Chelsea Cox grabbed first in the women's 500-meter dash with a time of 1:13.36 while classmate Diana Sainvil won the women's 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.11.
 
The Hoyas will now take two weeks off before traveling to College Station, Pa., for the Penn State National on January 28-29.
 
Louisville: The Cardinals competed at the Kentucky Invitational on Jan. 15. Six athletes on the men's and women's teams notched career-best marks for UofL over the two-day meet.
 
On the men's side, senior Weston Banks took second in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 17.7 meters. Sophomore Howard Shepard III ran a conference season-best time of 1:51.48 in the 800 meter, falling just three seconds short of an NCAA-qualifying time to take second.
 
On the women's side, junior Charachesicia Lockhart took first in the long jump with a mark of 6.22 meters. Junior Khadija Abdullah also notched first in the shot put with a throw of 16.09 meters.
 
The Cardinals travel to the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. on Jan. 21.
 
Marquette: The Marquette men's and women's teams competed at the Badger Classic on Jan. 15. The women's side was paced by a first-place finish from junior Lauren Darnall in the pole vault. Darnall cleared a height of 12-1.5 to win her second individual title this season. Freshman Carlye Schuh was the top-finisher in the long jump with a distance of 17-7.5 to grab third.
 
The men's side got a first-place finish in the 3,000-meter run from junior Blake Johnson. Johnson crossed the finish line in 8:32.41. Sophomore Ben Schmitz notched a third-place finish in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:32.87.
 
Marquette is next in action at Milwaukee on Jan. 22.
 
Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish men's and women's teams were at the Bob Eubanks Open on Jan. 13 and 14 at Grand Valley State University. On the men's side, senior Justin Schneider won the heptathlon, notching the top score in the NCAA this season with 5,497 points. Graduate student Jack Howard won the 600 meters with a time of 1:20.46 and the men's 1,600-meter relay team also finished first with a time of 3:17.66. On the women's side, sophomore Rebecca Tracy won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:09.05. The Irish host the Notre Dame Invitational on Jan. 22.
 
Pittsburgh: Pitt's men's team won three events while four Panthers set career best marks at the Doug Raymond Invitational on Jan. 15. The Panthers recorded 11 top-5 finishes while adding seven BIG EAST qualifying marks.
 
Junior Ben Hatch set a career best time of 1:53.82 in the 800-meter run to finish first. Junior Dontave Cowsette won the 1,000-meter run, besting his previous BIG EAST qualifying time with a new mark of 2:28.26. The Panthers 1,600-meter relay team of senior Antony Hobwana, junior Jermaine Lowery, sophomore Caleb Matthews and freshman Reginald Steele IV also finished first with a time of 3:14.69
 
Pitt's women's track and field team won four events while setting four career best marks at the Doug Raymond Invitational. The Panthers recorded 14 top-5 finishes while adding two new Big East qualifying marks.
Sophomore Ashley Woodford won the 200-meter dash (25.21s) while senior Anita James tied a season-best leap of 5.56 meters in the long jump en route to a first place finish. Freshman Ashley Corum won her second consecutive triple jump with a career best jump of 11.96 meters and senior Sarah Anderson set a career best in the weight throw with a first place toss of 17.51 meters. The mark qualifies Anderson for the BIG EAST meet.
Providence: Providence men's team will return to competition on Jan. 23. The Friars will take part in the GBTC Invitational at Harvard University. The women's side will be back in action on Jan. 22 when the Friars compete in URI's Sorlein Invitational in Kingston, R.I.  
 
Rutgers: The Rutgers men's team competed at the New York Armory Invitational on Jan. 18. Junior Aaron Younger won the 600-meter run with a time of 1:18.91. The Scarlet Knights also had strong performances in the field events, with freshman Devin Jones and junior Kevin Bostick finishing first and second respectively in the triple jump. Jones also claimed second in the long jump.
 
The men's team returns to action on Jan. 22 when they face Navy in the Annapolis, Md. The women's team is at the Princeton Relays on Jan. 22.
 
St. John's:The Red Storm competed at the Armory twice this past weekend, first at the NYC Gotham Cup on Jan. 14 and then the NYRR Saturday Night at the Armory meet on Jan. 15. Senior Priscilla Frederick won the high jump for the fourth straight meet, clearing a height of 1.82 meters. The jump qualified Frederick for the USATF Indoor Championships and ranked her fifth in the country. Classmate Bintou Dibba qualified for the BIG EAST Championship in the long jump with two top-10 finishes, jumping 5.64 meters on Saturday. While Friday's meet did not have team scores, St. John's placed fifth on Saturday, scoring 47 points. The Red Storm are idle this week but will head back to the Armory on Jan. 29 for the Metropolitan Championships. 
 
USF: The USF women's team won four events at the Bob Eubanks Open on Jan. 14. Sophomore Monique Williams led the way with wins in the long jump and triple jump. Williams posted a mark of 18-5.75 in the long jump and a leap of 39-2.50 in the triple jump. Sophomore Dariel Jackson grabbed first in the 60 meters with a time of 7.71 while junior Yasmin Smith won the mile in 4:54.97.
 
The men's and women's teams will travel to Minneapolis, Minn. for the Minnesota Invitational on Jan. 21-22.
 
Syracuse: Syracuse did not compete last week. The Orange are back in action on Jan. 22 at the Cornell Upstate Challenge.
 
Villanova: Villanova won four individual events and one relay at the first of two "College Saturday Night" meets at the New York Armory on Jan. 15.  The team had one double-winner in freshman Emily Lipari, who captured the 1000 meters and also anchored the 4x800 meter relay squad to a victory in the first indoor race of her collegiate career.  Graduate student Kelly McElroy led off the relay and was followed by sophomore Anna Francis and freshman Nicky Akande ahead of Lipari as the quartet registered the win by a margin of more than 14 seconds.  Another big win for the Wildcats came in the mile, where senior Sheila Reid posted a time of 4:41.14 and finished in first place by more than 13 seconds.  Other winners for Villanova included junior Shericka Ward in the 60-meter hurdles and senior Ashlyn Llerandi in the pole vault.  Villanova finished second out of 14 schools in the team standings with 125 points. 
 
Freshman Samuel Ellison and senior Robert Sainvil each won their individual events and members of the Villanova team returned to action with a good showing at the first of two "College Saturday Night" meets at the New York Armory on Jan. 15.  Ellison tallied an IC4A qualifying time in the 500-meters, which he won with a time of 1:02.76, more than three seconds faster than his first race of the season back in December.  Ellison won the race by more than a second, and later ran the second leg of the Wildcats 4x400 meter relay squad.  The relay team came in fourth out of 18 entries with a lineup of sophomore Carlton Bowers, Ellison, senior Stefan Goodridge and sophomore Nicoy Hines.  Sainvil was first of 19 in the triple jump with a distance of 14.92 meters, also an IC4A qualifying time.  It was the second-best mark of his career at an indoor event.  Villanova placed seventh out of 17 in the team standings. 
 
The Wildcats return to the New York Armory on Jan. 21 to participate in the Albany Great Dane Invitational.
 
West Virginia: The Mountaineers competed at the Doug Raymond Invitational on Jan. 15. Freshman Kaitlyn Gillespie captured first-place in the 1,000-meter race with a time of 2:54.16. She also finished fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:16.43. WVU received first-place finishes from senior Chelsea Carrier in the 6-meter hurdles (8.42) and the 1,600-meter relay team (3:51).
 
The Mountaineers host the WV State Farm Games on Jan. 22.