BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Weekly Notebook - Jan. 26

Providence, R.I. - Four women's teams remain ranked in the USTFCCCA National Computer rankings this week, with West Virginia leading the pack at No. 7. Villanova (No. 11), Louisville (No. 21) and Georgetown (No. 23) are also featured in the latest poll. Every team is in action this weekend, including five women's teams and three men's teams at the Penn State National. The BIG EAST's complete top performances list can be accessed at www.directathletics.com.
 
Where they will be this week...
Men
Bill Bergen Invitational (Ames, Iowa): Marquette
BU Invitational (Boston, Mass.): Providence
Illinois Intercollegiate (Champaign, Ill.): DePaul
Indiana Relays (Bloomington, Ind.): Notre Dame
Jayhawk Classic (Lawrence, Kan.): USF
Metropolitan Championships (Bronx, N.Y): Rutgers
Penn State National (State College, Pa.): Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Syracuse
Rod McCravy Invitational (Lexington, Ky.): Louisville
Saturday Night at the Armory (New York, N.Y): Connecticut, Villanova
 
Women
Bill Bergen Invitational (Ames, Iowa): Marquette
BU Invitational (Boston, Mass.): Providence
Illinois Intercollegiate (Champaign, Ill.): DePaul
Indiana Relays (Bloomington, Ind.): Notre Dame
Jayhawk Classic (Lawrence, Kan.): USF
Metropolitan Championships (Bronx, N.Y): Rutgers, St. John's
Penn State National (State College, Pa.): Connecticut, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, West Virginia
Rod McCravy Invitational (Lexington, Ky.): Cincinnati, Louisville
Saturday Night at the Armory (New York, N.Y): Villanova
 
Cincinnati: Cincinnati won the All-Ohio Championships on Jan. 22. The Bearcats totaled 119 points to claim the victory, easily topping second-place finisher Akron, which had 78.2 points. UC had seven individual champions, including senior sprinter Natasha Burse, who won both the 60 and 200-meter events. Burse notched a time of 7.54 in the 60-meter and 24.40 in the 200-meter. Junior sprinter Aricka Rhodes finished first in the 400-meter dash after recording a time of 5.97.
 
On the field side, junior Mackenzie Fields won the pole vault after clearing a height of 13-01.75 feet. Freshman thrower Frida Akerstrom finished first in the shot put with a toss of 48-05.50 feet.
 
The Bearcats are at the Rod McCravy Invitational Jan. 28-29.
 
Connecticut: Both the Connecticut men's and women's teams are ranked No.1 in the Northeast Region in the latest USTFCCCA ranking. The women's team competed at the URI Invitational on Jan. 22, claiming 11 first-place finishes. Junior Heather Wilson set a UConn record in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:45.52. Junior All-American Victoria Flowers won both the shot put and the weight throw for the second-straight week. Senior Trisha-Ann Hawthorne has been invited to compete at the prestigious Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden on January 28. She will compete in the Visa Women's 60-meter dash as one of three members of Team Jamaica against Team USA. Hawthorne is the only collegiate athlete in the event. The rest of the women's team will compete at the Penn State National on Jan. 29.
 
The men's team won the title at the Great Dane Invitational thanks to six first-place finishes. Junior Mike Rutt was the first Husky to record multiple individual victories this season, winning both the 800 and 1,000-meter events. Junior Aaron King was victorious in the heptathlon, and freshman Noel James finished first in the high jump. The Huskies will compete at the Saturday Night at the Armory meet on Jan. 29.
 
DePaul:DePaul competed at the Notre Dame Invitational on Jan. 22. On the women's side, sophomores Lindsey Holden and Tonderai Tomu each ran BIG EAST Championship qualifying times in the 200-meter dash. Tomu ran a career-best time of 22.01 to finish second and Holden finished in third with a time of 25.29. Holden also competed in the 400-meter dash and ran a time of 56.34 to take second place.
 
In the 1,000-meter run, senior Mary Cate Quiett finished second with a BIG EAST Championship qualifying time of 2:53.37, while junior Toni Salvatore also ran a qualifying time of 4:55.64 in the 1,600m to take fourth place.

On the men's side, junior Matthew Graham returned to competition and won his second 3,000m run of the season with a time of 8:24.83. Junior Brian Begalke also represented the Blue Demons in the 3,000m run and finished in fifth.

In the shot put, junior Tim Nedow threw a distance of 17.58 to finish in first for the fourth straight meet. Also competing in the shot put was junior Ryan Asta, who placed third.
 
The Blue Demons travel to Champaign, Illinois for the Division I Illinois Intercollegiate on Jan. 29.
 
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 are back in action Jan. 28-29 in State College, Pa., for the Penn State National.
 
Louisville: The Louisville women's team enters the week ranked No. 21 in the country according to the latest USTFCCCA poll. The Cardinals competed at the Gladstein Invitational on Jan. 22, receiving top-five finishes from senior D'Ana McCarty, sophomore Margaret Harris, senior Saravia Richardson and sophomore Chelsea Brown. McCarty grabbed third in the weight throw with a distance of 20.64 meters. Harris notched top-five finishes on Saturday in the long jump and 60-meter dash.
 
On the men's side, senior thrower Weston Banks took first in the shot put with a throw of 17.32 meters. The Cardinals also had an impressive performance by sophomore Michael Edwards, who placed second in the high jump after clearing a height of 2.15 meters. Senior Neil Angermeier finished third in the high jump clearing 2.10 meters.
 
The Cardinals will compete in the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Ky. on Jan. 28.
 
Marquette: The Marquette men's and women's teams fell to Wisconsin-Milwaukee in a dual meet on Jan. 22. The Marquette women fell 71-69, but had three athletes reach BIG EAST Championship qualifying standards, including freshman Abby Croft who qualified in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.40 meters. Junior Stephanie Grant took first in the 300-meter dash, notching a personal best time of 41.47, the fifth-fastest mark in school history.
 
The men's side lost 79.50-58.50, but had seven new BIG EAST Championship qualifying marks. Senior Joseph Kohut won the shot put, while sophomore David Carabajal notched a personal best with a toss of 15.95 meters in the weight throw to qualify for the BIG EAST Championships.
 
The Golden Eagles are at the Bill Bergen Invitational in Ames, Iowa on Jan. 29.
 
Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish hosted the Notre Dame Invitational on Jan. 22. The women's team received an impressive performance from junior Rebecca Tracy, who clocked a 4:42.14 in the mile. The time ranks second in the BIG EAST and in the nation. She also finished seventh in the 800-meter with a time of 2:09.05.
 
The team is set to compete at the Indiana Relays at the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington, Ind. on Jan. 29.
 
Pittsburgh: The Pitt men's team finished sixth at the Great Dane Classic on Jan. 22. Highlighting the meet for the Panthers was the performance of junior Jermaine Lowery, who finished first in the 500-meter dash with a school-record time of 1:02.81.
 
The women's team placed second at the Great Dane Classic, behind three individual first-place finishes. Senior Da'Lynn Mills won the 60-meter dash, senior Brianna Broyles won the 60-meter hurdles and freshman Ashley Corum took first in the triple jump.
 
Both squads compete at the Penn State National on Jan. 29.
 
Providence: The Providence men's team competed at the GBTC Invitational at Harvard University on Jan. 23. The day was highlighted by senior David McCarthy, who placed first in the mile with a time of 4:00.74. The time was just three seconds off his personal best. Junior Dominic Channon grabbed second in the event with a time of 4:08.99.
 
The women's side competed at URI's Sorlein Invitational in Kingston, R.I. on Jan. 23. It was sophomore Shelby Greany that came up with an impressive performance, crossing the finish line with a time of 9:36.74 to take first in the 3,000-meter run. Teammate junior Mary Kate Champagne came in second in the even with a time of 9:55.46.
 
The men and women are both at the BU Invitational Jan. 28-29.
 
Rutgers: The Rutgers men's team competed in a quad meet against Navy, Rhode Island and Temple in Annapolis, Md. on Jan. 22.
Leading the way for the Scarlet Knights was junior jumper Kevin Bostick, who won the high jump after clearing a height of 6-08.75 feet, and the triple jump with a leap of 49-04.75 feet. Freshman Devin Jones was runner-up in the long jump with a distance of 22-08 feet, while finishing third in the triple jump with a mark of 46-07 feet.
On the track, junior Aaron Younger was victorious in the 500-meter, with a BIG EAST and IC4A qualifying time of 1:02.73. Also qualifying for the BIG EAST and IC4A was freshman Corey Caidenhead, who finished with a time of 1:04.95.
Both the men's and women's teams compete at the Metropolitan Championships in the Bronx Jan. 28-29.
 
St. John's:The Red Storm were idle last week but will head to the Armory on Jan. 29 for the Metropolitan Championships. 
 
USF: The USF men's and women's teams competed at the Minnesota Classic on Jan. 22. The women's squad came away with 13 BIG EAST Championship qualifiers in their first met of the season. Freshman Shane Lewis led the group of Bulls that won events, winning the triple jump with a lead of 48-8 feet. Junior thrower Lauren Noe won the weight throw with a toss of 60-6.75 feet.
 
On the men's side, junior Jared Thomas won the shot put with a toss of 52-4.75. Sophomore Kayvon Webster, senior Greg Fontus, junior David Hunter, sophomore Pascal Orelus, junior Philip Wise, junior David Aristil, freshman Camilo Calderon, senior Antillio Bastian and sophomore Mike Vani also qualified on the men's side. 
 
The Bulls compete in the Jayhawk Classic in Lawrence, Kan. on Jan. 28.
 
Syracuse: The Orange men and women both took third at the Cornell Upstate Challenge on Jan. 22. SU took home four first-place titles. Junior Ieva Staponkute took first in the triple jump with an ECAC qualifying mark of 12.62 meters, while freshman Ashley Keyes claimed the 60-meter dash title with a time of 7.80.
 
On the men's side, freshman Donald Pollitt finished first in the 60-meter hurdles with an IC4A qualifying time of 8:05. The Syracuse "A" relay team took the 4x800 relay title with a time of 8:04.10.
 
Syracuse will compete in the Penn State National meet on Jan. 29. 
 
Villanova: The Villanova women's team enters the week ranked No. 11 in the latest USTFCCCA poll. The Wildcats competed at the Albany Great Dane Classic on Jan. 22, and received stand-out performances by senior Ashlyn Llernardi in the pole vault and freshman Samantha Yeats in the high jump. Llernardi cleared a height of 3.90 meters to win the pole vault, while Yeats had a jump of 1.75 meters in the high jump.
 
On the men's side, it was senior Brian Long who was the top performer, leading a trio of Wildcats who placed first through third in the 3,000-meter run. Long crossed the line in 8:06.59, followed by junior Mathew Mildenhall and senior Hugo Beamish.
 
Both teams will compete at Saturday Night at the Armory in the Bronx on Jan. 29.
 
West Virginia: The Mountaineers hosted the WVU State Farm Games on Jan. 22. Senior Chelsea Carrier took first in the 60-meter hurdles and the long jump. Freshman Chene Townsend also had a first-place finish in the 60-meter dash while placing second in the 60-meter hurdles. In the field events, junior Terina Miller took the top spot in the weight throw with a toss of 15.31 meters, as WVU took the team title at the meet.
 
West Virginia competes at the Penn State National Jan. 28-29.