Around the BIG EAST Track

Georgetown track and field director Patrick Henner

Georgetown track and field director Patrick Henner

Jan. 31, 2014

By Richard Finn
Special to

NEW YORK - Most BIG EAST teams will be in action this weekend many of them at key national meets in Seattle, at Penn State and at the Armory.

“Up until this point, for most programs the races have been mostly tune-ups to get ready for the big races. But this weekend the athletes will be really looking to put up some good times and then we can begin to look at the Big East rankings and lists.” said Georgetown men’s coach Patrick Henner.

Villanova senior Emily Lipari was presented with the Frank Dolson/Penn Relays Award at the 110th annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Sports Banquet recently. Lipari is the first Wildcat to be honored with the award in the eight years it has been presented.

While early in the indoor season, no clear-cut women’s favorite has emerged and Villanova coach Gina Procaccio says that is a good thing.

“The teams are more even across the board,” said Procaccio. “There are more opportunities for more teams and people get excited seeing that.”

The same holds true for the men according to Henner.

“There are still a lot of unknowns and at this point in time I don’t see any clear cut favorite, “ said Henner. “But without a doubt we are going to continue to be one of the very best conferences in the country.

The BIG EAST has a rich middle and long distance tradition - Kim Smith at Providence, Sonia O’Sullivan, Jen Rhines and Marcus O’Sullivan at Villanova. That trend will continue this indoor season, said Henner.

“Without a doubt in the middle and distance races we will remain one of the very strongest conferences in the country,” he said.



Strength against strength will make for fast times at the championships.

“It sets the bar very high in those areas.” said Henner. “To score big points in a middle distance or distance race in the BIG East championship meet you are going to be one of the very best runners in the country.”