Jan. 22, 2014
NEW YORK - Thanks to some of the top performances in the conference so far this season, Georgetown and Marquette split the BIG EAST weekly track and field honors on Wednesday for the Jan. 13-19 period. The Hoyas swept the track awards, while the Golden Eagles garnered the field citations.
BIG EAST Male Track Athlete of the Week
RYAN MANAHAN, GEORGETOWN Fr., Marcellus, N.Y.
Manahan took fourth in the 800-meter run at the Nittany Lion Challenge hosted by Penn State over the weekend in a time of 1:49.88. It's the top time in the BIG EAST and fourth in the country. He bested sophomore teammate Cole Williams, who finished in 1:50.46 to place the sixth-fastest clocking in the nation at the event.
BIG EAST Female Track Athlete of the Week
KATRINA COOGAN, GEORGETOWN So., Exeter, N.H.
Coogan won the 800-meter race in 2:08.23, giving her the third-fastest time in the nation this season and tops in the BIG EAST so far. Her time also set a Nittany Lion Challenge record, breaking the previous mark of 2:08.89 set in 2010 by former Georgetown standout and All-American Emily Infeld.
BIG EAST Male Field Athlete of the Week
BRET HARDIN, MARQUETTE Jr., Acworth, Ga.
Hardin won the men's weight throw at the John Tierney Triangular over the weekend as the Golden Eagles squared off with host Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Illinois-Chicago. He secured gold with a throw of 18.84 meters (61 feet, 9 3/4 inches), which was just ahead of teammate William Koeck. The toss propelled Hardin to the top mark in the BIG EAST this season and into the nation's top 50 at No. 46.
BIG EAST Female Field Athlete of the Week
BIG EAST Notebook
CARLYE SCHUH, MARQUETTE Sr., Appleton, Wis.
Schuh captured two event titles and added a runner-up showing as Marquette competed in the John Tierney Triangular at Wisconsin-Milwaukee alongside Illinois-Chicago. The senior won the triple jump in 12.08 meters (39 feet, 7 3/4 inches) to take over the top spot in the BIG EAST this season and No. 2 all-time in program history, and added the long jump crown in 5.91 meters (19 feet, 4 3/4 inches). She took second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.78.
St. John's senior Danette Hinton logged another weight throw win, taking first at the NYU Saturday Shootout at the New York City Armory with a toss of 18.20 meters. Her 20.50-meter effort from the Bill Ward Invitational on Dec. 6 sits eighth nationally and tops in the BIG EAST.
St. John's senior Rikka Lovely had a banner NYU Saturday Shootout at the Armory, with the 60m in 7.53 seconds and the 200m in 24.35. It's the best showings in either event for a Red Storm competitor since 2004.
DePaul freshman MaShayla Kirksy posted her first collegiate victory at the Mike Lints Alumni Open when she took the long jump in 5.67 meters.
Xavier's Audrey Ramos set a personal best in the 3000m with a time of 10:13.9 last weekend at the University of Kentucky Invitational.
DePaul junior Mac Melto won the 400-meter dash at the Mike Lints Alumni Open on Friday in Allendale, Mich., in 48.22, just off his season-best time of 47.87 at the Notre Dame Blue and Gold meet on Dec. 6. Melto also won the 400 the week before at the Illini Open.
DePaul senior Matt Babicz is 3-for-3 in the shot put, capturing another win on Friday at the Mike Lints Alumni Open. He 18.92-meter effort from the Illini Open on Jan. 11 remains the top BIG EAST effort this season and sits 10th in the country.
The BIG EAST has seven student-athletes in the nation's top 60 in the women's 800m, including DePaul junior Jackie Kasal. Her winning time of 2:10.73 at the Mike Lints Alumni Open last weekend puts her third in the BIG EAST and 23rd nationally.
Villanova senior Emily Lipari won the mile at the Albany Great Dane Classic at the NYC Armory on Friday in 4:43.92, edging teammate Stephanie Schappert (4:44.60). The two are 1-2 in the BIG EAST and fifth and seventh in the nation, respectively.