Four schools have been represented in the BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field weekly awards. Cincinnati, DePaul, Syracuse and Villanova each had student-athletes cited by the conference office on Tuesday. Senior Tim Nedow of DePaul was named Men's Field Athlete of the Week for the third time this season, while Cincinnati senior Jasmine Cotten was named Women's Field Athlete of the Week. Syracuse senior Jarret Eaton was named BIG EAST Men's Track Athlete of the Week, while Villanova sophomore Emily Lipari earned BIG EAST Women's Track Athlete of the Week honors.
With his 20.01 meter shot put throw, Nedow broke his own DePaul record that he previously set last week. For the second time this season, Nedow was the only competitor at the meet to notch an NCAA automatic qualifying mark. The shortest of his five counted throws was measured at 19.28 meters. No other competitor in the event broke the 19 meter mark with the next closest competitor coming in at 18.77 meters.
Cotton won the high jump and was the top collegian in the long jump at the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. In her high jump win, she cleared 1.79 meters remaining the top jumper in the BIG EAST and ranked No. 7 in the NCAA. In the long jump, Cotton had a top leap of 5.84 meters, the fifth-best mark in the BIG EAST Conference this season.
Eaton broke the Syracuse school record, and had the fastest time in the nation this season, with a 7.61 performance in the 60-meter hurdles to earn a spot in the BIG EAST, IC4A an NCAA Championships later this season. Eaton won the event by 0.43 seconds, and also held the SU record in the same event, which he set in 2010 at the New Balance Invitational. Eaton also has the facility record at Barton Hall, which he set last year.
Lipari ran the fastest mile of any BIG EAST runner this season with a mark of 4:42.35 at the Great Dane Classic at the New York Armory. She finished first out of 33 runners, including 10 other BIG EAST athletes, and matched her personal best time in the event. She also ran the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay as Villanova won its heat.
The next BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Weekly Awards will be released on Jan. 31, 2012.