BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Weekly Notebook - Feb. 2

Four women's teams remain ranked in the USTFCCCA National Computer rankings this week, with West Virginia leading the pack at No. 9. Villanova (No. 13), Louisville (No. 23) and Georgetown (No. 22) are also featured in the latest poll. Every team is in action this weekend, including seven women's teams and four men's teams at the New Balance Invitational in New York, N.Y. Five women's teams and four men's teams will also be at the Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., hosted by Notre Dame. Where they will be this week... Men Giegengack Invitational (New Haven, Conn.): Connecticut, Georgetown, Providence Hamilton Invitational (Hamilton, N.Y.): Syracuse Meyo Invitational (Notre Dame, Ind.): Marquette, DePaul, Louisville, Notre Dame New Balance Invitational (New York, N.Y.): Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Villanova Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup (State College, Pa.): Rutgers, USF VT Elite Meet (Blacksburg,Va.): Louisville Women Geneva Fast Times: West Virginia Giegengack Invitational (New Haven, Conn.): Providence Hamilton Invitational (Hamilton, N.Y.): Syracuse Meyo Invitational (Notre Dame, Ind.): Marquette, DePaul, Louisville, St. John's, Notre Dame New Balance Invitational (New York, N.Y.): St. John's, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Rutgers, Syracuse, Villanova Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup (State College, Pa.): USF Cincinnati: The Bearcats set four school records at the McCravy Invitational in Lexington, Ky. Senior Natasha Burse set a school record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.28 to finish second. Burse also finished fifth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.56. Junior Kathy Clump set a record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.07 while winning the event. Junior pole vaulter McKenzie Field cleared a height of 4.10 meters to set a school record, notching her fourth first-place finish this season. Freshman thrower Frida Akerstrom set a UC record in the shot put with a toss of 14.90 meters and finished seventh in the event. The Cincinnati 4x400 relay team rounded out the school record finishes, running a time of 3:44.30. The team of senior Vanessa Hardin, Klump, sophomore Shanay Portis and junior Aricka Rhodes placed third overall. The Bearcats are at the New Balance Invitational in New York, N.Y. Feb. 4-5 Connecticut: The Connecticut women's track team competed at the Penn State National on Jan. 28 and saw a record-breaking performance from junior Heather Wilson in the 800-meter run. Wilson notched a school-record time of 2:06.53 to finish third. The time ranks seventh in the nation. Freshman Lauren Sara ran the best race of her collegiate career, placing first in the 5,000 meter with a time of 16:50.81, the 14th-best time in the nation. Junior Victoria Flowers took first in the weight throw with a toss of 20.59 meters. She is undefeated in the event this season. The team remains ranked No. 1 in the Northeast Region in the latest USTFCCCA poll. The women's side will compete at the New Balance Invitational on Feb. 4-5. For the second-straight week, the men's side is No. 1 in the Northeast Region according to the USTFCCCA rankings. The Huskies finished third at the Saturday Night at the Armory meet behind 11 top-five finishes. Freshman Noel James was the lone Husky to post a victory, winning the high jump with a season-best mark of 2.15 meters. The 4x800 relay team of senior Dan Holst, junior Alex Bennatan, junior Tim Bennatan and senior Mike Rutt were invited to run in the Millrose games last week and placed second with a time of 7:36.38. This weekend, Connecticut will split time between the Giegengack Invitational and the Collegiate Invitational. Both meets will be held on Feb. 4 and 5. DePaul:The DePaul men's and women's teams competed at the Illinois Division I Intercollegiate Invitational on Jan. 29. The men's team saw an impressive performance from junior Tim Nedow, who broke the school record in the shot put with a distance of 19.18 meters. The distance is fifth best in the country and tops in the BIG EAST this season. On the women's side, senior Melissa Fraser had a career-best toss in the weight throw of 16.99 meters, while Toni Salvatore finished fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:17.04. The Blue Demons are at the Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind. on Feb. 4-5. Georgetown:Three Hoyas turned in first-place performances at the 2011 Penn State National Invitational held at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track in University Park, Pa. Jan. 29. On the men's side, senior Toby Ulm and freshman Billy Ledder each notched individual victories. Ulm won the men's 500-meter dash invitational with a BIG EAST and IC4A qualifying-time of 1:03.40. Ledder won the men's 1,000-meter run, timing in at 2:26.00, followed by sophomore Bobby Peavey in second (2:26.29) and sophomore Brian Hencke in fourth (2:26.83) - all were BIG EAST and IC4A qualifying times. Sophomore Rachel Schneider took first in the women's 1,000-meter run invitational with her time of 2:45.51 and junior Lauren Borduin took fourth place with a time of 2:49.36 in the event - both were BIG EAST and ECAC qualifying times. The Hoyas will split sites next weekend as they compete in both the Giegengack Invitational and the New Balance Invitational. Louisville:Louisville competed at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet in Lexington, Ky Jan. 28-29. Sophomore Michael Edwards and senior Josh Greenwald set career marks in their respective events, while D'Ana McCarty placed second in the weight throw, with a toss of 22.00m/72-2.25. Edwards, who registered a 2.14 meters in the high jump two weeks ago for tops in the BIG EAST, bettered that and set a career mark with a leap of 2.19 meters in the event for a second-place finish. His mark currently is tied for 11th nationally. Greenwald notched a mark of 18.20 meters in the weight throw, which ranks second in the BIG EAST. On the second day of competition, sophomore Khadija Abdullah recorded her third-straight victory in the shot put with a throw of 16.52 meters. Junior Charachesicia Lockhart and junior Megan Schubert also had impressive performances, with Lockhart earning third in the long jump and Schubert taking fourth in the high jump. On the men's side, four individuals placed in the top-five in their respective events. Senior Weston Banks took second in the shot put, while junior Seon Powell (long jump) and freshman Tyler Byrne (3,000m) each placed third in their respective events. Senior Kyle Gann was fourth in the pole vault. Louisville will split its squad this week, with the sprints, throws and jumps groups heading to Blacksburg, Va., to compete at the VT Elite Meet. The mid-distance and distance athletes will head north to compete at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational. Both meets start Feb. 4. Marquette: Marquette 3,000-meter runners freshman Nick Nzczech, junior Blake Johnson and junior Jack Hackett all moved into the school's top-10 list at the Iowa State Biller Bergan Invitational on Jan. 28. Senior Alyssa Davis was the lone event winner for the Golden Eagles, while senior thrower Robert Bleem notched a personal record in the weight throw (16.42 meters). MU had 18 BIG EAST qualifying marks. The Golden Eagles will compete Feb. 4-5 at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational. Notre Dame: The Notre Dame men's and women's teams competed at the Indiana Relays Jan. 29. The teams combined for 10 victories on the weekend. For the women, freshman Jaclyn Winkel had a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.92. On the men's side, junior Kevin Schipper won the pole vault with a height of 5.20 meters. Also, sophomore Jeremy Rae finished in first in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:49.15. The Irish host the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 4-5. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh's men's and women's teams competed at the Penn State National on Jan. 28-29. On the women's side, senior Da'Lynn Mills and junior Cambrya Jones finished first and second respectively. In the Feb. 1 USTFCCCA rankings release, freshman Ashley Corum ranks first in the women's long jump with a leap of 12.27 meters. Jones ranks second in the Mid-Atlantic Region with a mark of 7.51 in the 60-meter dash, while Mills also ranks second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.96. On the men's side, freshman Micah Murray claimed first in the 500-meter dash. The team combined for nine top-10 finishes at the meet. Junior Dontave Cowsette ranks second overall in the Mid-Atlantic Region on the men's side with an 800 meter run time of 1:51.04. The Pitt men's and women's teams are in action at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational Feb. 4-5. Providence: The Providence men's and women's teams took part in the Terrier Invitational at Boston University on Jan. 28-29. On the men's side, senior David McCarthy ran the 3000-meters in a time of 7:53.33, which qualified for the NCAA championships and is ranked fifth nationally. Junior Julian Matthews was one of eight Friar men to qualify for the BIG EAST Championships, winning the 1000-meters in a time of 2:25.41. Freshman teammate Francis Hernandez was third in the race with a clocking of 2:27.32. Junior Dominic Channon earned second in the mile, crossing in 4:06.56, two seconds better than his mile-run a week ago at the GBTC Invitational. Other BIG EAST qualifiers in the event included PC freshman Alex Wallace who grabbed 11th (4:10.00) and junior Corey Brunelle who finished 16th (4:11.59). On the women's side, Sophomore Shelby Greany ran the 5000-meters, crossing in 16:10.86. That time currently ranks second nationally. Junior Hannah Davidson was one of four Friar women to qualify for the BIG EAST Championships. She was fifth in the 3000-meters with a 9:21.93. That time is currently 11th nationally. Both teams compete at the Giegengack Invitational Feb. 4-5. Rutgers: The Rutgers men's and women's teams competed at the Metropolitan Championships Jan. 28-29. On the women's side, freshman Tylia Gillonand senior Natalie Clicketteach earned individual championships in the 60-meter dash (7.64) and shot put (46'5") events respectively to lead the Scarlet Knights to a second place team finish. For the men's team, junior Steve Werner andfreshman Devin Jonesled the team with first place finishes, Werner in the 200-meter dash ( 22.09) and Jones in the triple jump (50'5") to finish second place overall. Werner also placed second in the 60-meter dash (7.01). Junior Aaron Youngerplaced second in the 500-meter (1:02.24) while freshman Corey Caidenheadcame in third with a time of 1:04.54. Both teams will resume action on Saturday, Feb. 5, with the men traveling to the Penn State Open and the women heading to Bronx, N.Y. for the New Balance Invitational. St. John's:The Red Storm won the Indoor Metropolitan Championships on Jan. 28-29 for the first time in 22 years, totaling 147 points. The squad was led by senior Priscilla Frederick, who scored 25 points individually, winning both the pentathlon and high jump events. Frederick scored 3,612 points in the pentathlon, the second highest total in school history. Sophomore Molly Ellis also had a strong day, winning the 400-meter dash with a career-best time of 56.33. St. John's splits its squad this week, as some athletes will compete at the New Balance Invitational on Feb. 5 and others will be at the Notre Dame Invitational on Feb. 6. USF: The USF men's and women's teams combined for eight first-place finishes at the Jayhawk Classic on Jan. 28. On the women's side, graduate student Denise von Enyatten broke the school record in the pole vault, clearing a height of 14 feet. Junior Shaniel Chambers also broke a school record in the 600 meter race with a time of 1:33.48. On the men's side, freshman Shane Lewis and senior Antillio Bastian took first and second in the triple jump, leaping 48-7.25 and 48-2.75 respectively. The teams will compete for the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup in State College. Pa. on Feb. 5. Syracuse: The Orange distance runners had a strong weekend at the Terrier Invite hosted by Boston University on Jan. 28. Three SU men finished in the top-10 in the 5,000-meter with IC4A-qualifying times. Freshman Andrew Palmer's time of 14:25.63 in the 5000m ranks first in the BIG EAST. Members of the Orange also competed at the Penn State National. Three Orange women earned top-10 finishes in the 3,000-meter run with ECAC qualifying times. Junior Lauren Penney's time of 9:16.01 is second in the BIG EAST. Junior Ieva Staponkute took third in the triple jump with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 12.45m. Her jump of 12.62m at the Cornell Upstate Challenge tops the conference. Syracuse will compete at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational and the Hamilton Open on Feb. 5. Villanova: The Villanova men's and women's teams competed at the College Saturday Night at the Armory meet on Jan. 29. On the men's side, seniors Matthew Gibney and Carl MacKenzie each notched first place in their respective events to lead the Wildcats to 76 total points. Gibney recorded a time of 4:04.99 in the mile, while MacKenzie won the 1,000-meter run in 2:25.59. On the women's side, senior Sheila Reid recorded the nation's fastest time this season in the 3,000-meter run, winning the event and qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Reid crossed the finish line in 8:56.92, 17 seconds faster than the closest competitor. Senior Ashlyn Llerandi won the pole vault, clearing a height of 4.00 meters. Both teams will compete at the New Balance Invitational Feb. 4-5. West Virginia: The Mountaineers competed at the Penn State National on Jan. 28-29. Senior Jessica O'Connell and freshman Kaitlyn Gillespie finished second and third respectively in the mile. O'Connell crossed the line with a time of 4:43.74, while Gillespie followed in 4:45.60. Senior Kaylyn Christopher also performed well, clocking the second-fastest time in school history in the 1,000-meter race at 2:45.56. In field events, freshman Kaitlyn Shelar won the pole vault after clearing 3.60 meters. West Virginia will be in action at the Geneva Fast Times meet on Feb. 4-5.