Feb. 4, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Coming off a strong showing at the Penn State National over the weekend, Villanova captured three of four BIG EAST Track and Field awards on Tuesday afternoon. Marquette claimed the fourth honor, as junior William Koeck was named the Men’s Field Athlete of the Week.
Villanova’s weekly awards went to Patrick Tiernan (Men’s Track Athlete), Emily Lipari (Women’s Track Athlete) and Alexandra Wasik (Women’s Field Athlete). Several other teams had good performances over the weekend, with the St. John’s women taking second at the 2014 Metropolitan Indoor Championships at the New York City Armory and Georgetown running well at Penn State.
BIG EAST Men’s Track Athlete of the Week
PATRICK TIERNAN, VILLANOVA Fr., Toowoomba, Australia
Tiernan set a meet and facility record by winning the 3,000m run in 7:57.75 to win the invitational section of the race at the Penn State National meet over the weekend. He became only the third Wildcat runner in the last five years to break eight minutes while breaking the 14-year-old facility mark. His time rocketed to the top of the BIG EAST standings in the event and is eighth in the nation.
BIG EAST Women’s Track Athlete of the Week
BIG EAST Men’s Field Athlete of the Week WILLIAM KOECK, MARQUETTE Jr., Winneconne, Wis.
EMILY LIPARI, VILLANOVA Sr., Greenvale, N.Y.
Lipari completed Villanova’s sweep of the 3,000m run at the Penn State National, winning with a time of 9:09.37. Her mark is second in the BIG EAST and third in the NCAA this season, and was less than one-half second off her personal best. She came in just ahead of fellow BIG EAST competitor Katrina Coogan of Georgetown. Lipari also helped Villanova to a third-place finish in the DMR in 11:04.54, giving the Wildcats the top time in the event in the BIG EAST and fifth in the nation.
Koeck shattered the school record in the men’s weight throw with a toss of 20.11 meters (65 feet, 11 3/4 inches) to take the win at the Jack Jennett Invitational hosted by Northern Iowa over the weekend. Koeck now leads all BIG EAST weight throwers and sits 24th in Division I. He bettered the old Golden Eagle mark of 19.21 meters while surpassing his own personal best of 18.78 meters. Koeck also added an eight-place showing in the shot put (12.30 meters).
BIG EAST Women’s Field Athlete of the Week
ALEXANDRA WASIK, VILLANOVA Jr., Medina, Ohio
Wasik’s 4.01-meter showing in the pole vault set a new personal best for the sophomore, and propelled her to the top mark in the BIG EAST and to 39th in the nation so far this season. Wasik finished second out of nine competitors in the invitational section at the Penn State National, and it’s the best height for a Villanova pole vaulter since Ashlyn Llerandi clared 4.05 meters during the outdoor season in May 2011.
BIG EAST Notebook
• Providence’s men’s distance medley team took first in 10:09.63 at the URI Coaches Invitational. Sophomore Christian Costello won the 3000m in a career best 8:34.44 with freshman Hugh Armstrong third.
• Georgetown’s All-American Amanda Kimbers made her first start of the season after missing all of last year due to injury at the Penn State National Invitational. She reached the semifinals of the 60-meter dash.
• Georgetown freshman Amos Bartelsmeyer set a Penn State National meet record of 2:22.75 to win the 1,000-meter. Senior Billy Ledder won the 800m in a BIG EAST-leading 1:48:92 (also 10th in the country) and in the women’s mile juniors Annah Neczypor took first and Annamarie Maag second.
• St. John’s junior Claire Mooney defended her 500m title at the Metropolitan Indoor Championships at the Armory with a BIG EAST season-best clocking of 1:12:38. She was also part of the Red Storm’s second-place 4x400-meter relay team.
• The Villanova men captured the 4x800 meter relay at the Penn State National meet. Jordy Williams was second in the mile.
• Xavier sophomore Connor Buchholz was among a trio of winners at the Indiana Relays for the Musketeers. Buchholz won the 800m in 1:59, freshman Matthew Bryant won the long jump with a 5.81m leap and junior Ryan Konstanzer came first in the 400m in 51.71 seconds. Sophomore Onya Edwards won the long jump.
• Marquette’s Alison Parker set a school freshman mark of 2:12.20 winning the 800m at the Jack Jennett Invitational. Freshman Oumaru Abdulahi jumped a BIG EAST conference-best for this season of 2.10m to win the high jump.
• This weekend in some of the last major competitions before the BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Championships, Georgetown is at the Valentine Invitational, Villanova runs at the Armory Collegiate Invitational and DePaul is at the Meyo Invitational.