Jan. 28, 2014
NEW YORK – The calendar turns from January to February this upcoming weekend, and that means the BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Championships are quickly approaching. Before the championships invade New York City’s famed Armory on Feb. 21-22, teams are making their final push through the regular season, and student-athletes from four different schools were recognized on Tuesday with BIG EAST Track and Field Weekly Awards.
BIG EAST Men’s Track Athlete of the Week
JULIAN OAKLEY, PROVIDENCE So., Tauranga, New Zealand
Oakley took over the top spot in the BIG EAST in the mile with a time of 4:01.05 for a ninth-place finish at the Terrier Invitational hosted by Boston University on Saturday. It was also an IC4A qualifying clocking.
BIG EAST Women’s Track Athlete of the Week
MARA OLSON, BUTLER Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.
Olson won the women’s 3000m run at the Gladstein Invitational hosted by Indiana University over the weekend with a school-record time of 9:08.83, which narrowly missed the Gladstein Fieldhouse facility record. Olson’s time is the fastest in the NCAA so far this season.
BIG EAST Men’s Field Athlete of the Week
CRAIG KRCAL, XAVIER Sr., Cleveland, Ohio
Krcal gave Xavier the victory in the pole vault at the Mastodon Duals hosted by IPFW in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Saturday. He took first clearing a distance of 4.29 meters.
BIG EAST Women’s Field Athlete of the Week
BIG EAST Notebook
OMO TSEUMAH, MARQUETTE Fr., Huntley, Ill.
Tseumah notched a personal best in the high jump of 1.72 meters (5 feet, 7 3/4 inches) and just barely missed her third straight title in the indoor season as the Golden Eagles competed in the Wisconsin Elite Invitational last weekend. She took over the BIG EAST lead in the high jump by two and a half inches and now stands 66th in Division I in the event.
• Providence senior Laura Nagel ran the second fastest NCAA time in the mile this season when she finished fifth at the Terrier Invitational on Friday in 4:36.89. It was also an ECAC-qualifying time.
• The Georgetown men and women combined for 13 first-place finishes in its own Spiked Shoe Invitational last weekend. Nathaniel Gordon won the men’s 500m in 1:05.57, while Emma Keenan swept the 300m (41.03) and 500m (1:14.44). Gordon’s 500m time is second in the BIG EAST, and Keenan’s 500m clocking leads the conference.
• Villanova junior Robert Hurlbut won the 3,000m at the Tiger Open at Princeton and redshirt freshman Caitlin Bungo won the women’s mile.
• Xavier senior Susannah Shelley finished second in the 800m at the Mastodon Duals at IPFW and classmate Adrija Taraska took second in the shot put with a season best mark of 12.53m. Freshman Russell Platt was runner-up in the 60m dash.
• The St. John’s women open the weekend’s competition on Thursday at the Metropolitan Indoor Championships in Riverdale, N.Y.
• Butler, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Villanova and Xavier will all compete this weekend.