Cincinnati's Fields and Rutgers' Crawford Named BIG EAST Field Athletes of the Week

PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Four top-10 national performances last week earned Cincinnati's Mackenzie Fields, Georgetown's Chelsea Cox, Notre Dame's Patrick Feeney and Rutgers' Corey Crawford weekly BIG EAST Track & Field awards.


Fields recorded a mark of 4.20m in the pole vault at the Armory Collegiate Invitational at the Armory in New York, N.Y., to finish second and earn BIG EAST Women's Field Athlete of the Week honors. The height matches a season-best for the senior, who currently ranks first in the BIG EAST and seventh-best in the nation in the event.


Rutgers' Corey Crawford was named BIG EAST Men's Field Athlete of the Week after finishing third in the long jump at the Armory Collegiate Invitational with a mark of 7.61m. The junior beat his own top league mark of 7.60m, and leads the league by .36 meters. Crawford's jump ranks ninth in the nation.


 Also competing at the Armory Collegiate Invitational, Georgetown's Chelsea Cox finished first in the 800m with a time of 2:06.51. Her mark in the 800m ranks first in the league and ninth in the nation. Cox also ran the 800m leg of the distance medley relay to help the Hoyas to a third-place finish in 11:05.66. Georgetown's distance medley relay ranks fourth nationally.


Notre Dame's Patrick Feeney earned BIG EAST Men's Track Athlete of the Week honors with a first-place finish in the 400m at the Meyo Invitational. The junior finished in 46.13, a time that tops the league and ranks second nationally. Feeney also anchored the winning 4x400m relay team for the Fighting Irish.


According to the NCAA, "qualification to the [NCAA] championships is based on the descending-order list for the season...for each individual event contested, the top 16 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each relay contested, the top 12 relay teams will be accepted into the competition...There are no qualifying standards for the championships season."


The BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place Feb. 16-17 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.


BIG EAST Track & Field News and Notes

  •  Record-setting weekend for the Bulls

o    USF's Jared Thomas set a new record for the Bulls in the weight throw with a toss of 19.80m at the Penn State Sykes & Sabock Challenge

o    The senior ranks first in the weight throw in the BIG EAST and ninth in the shot put

o    For the USF women, Rachel Klinger recorded 3,655 points in the pentathlon to total the second-best pentathlon performance in USF history.

o    The junior's mark ranks third in the BIG EAST

  •  Connecticut splits sites

o    Connecticut's Darnell Cummings finished first in the 200m (21.45) and the 60m (6.78) at the Penn State Sykes & Sabock Challenge

o    The junior's marks rank first in the 60m and second in the 200m

o    For the women's Brigitte Mania finished third at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational with a time of 2:07.24

o    The senior's time ranks second in the league and 14th in the nation


Below is a list of the top marks in BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field:





Darnell Cummings, UConn - 6.78

Margret Harris, UofL - 7.38


Donald Pollitt, SU - 7.88

Jade Barber, ND - 8.26


Brycen Spratling, Pitt - 21.01

Jonnique Lawrence, Pitt - 24.12


Patrick Feeney, ND - 46.13

Michelle Brown, ND -54.59


Sam Ellison, VU - 1:01.31

Deseree King, GU - 1:12.75


Sam Ellison, VU - 1:48.62

Chelsea Cox, GU - 2:06.51


Robert Denault, VU - 2:24.61

Rachel Schneider, GU - 2:43.34


Robert Denault, VU - 4:00.04

Lauren Penney, SU - 4:37.41


Shane Quinn, PC - 8:01.49

Emily Lipari, VU - 9:20.07


Andrew Palmer, SU - 14:15.22

Emily Sisson, PC - 15:44.40

4x400m Relay

Notre Dame - 3:09.93

Notre Dame - 3:38.50

4x800m Relay

Notre Dame - 7:37.73

Notre Dame - 8:47.94

Distance Medley Relay

Villanova - 9:52.56

Villanova - 10:56.74

High Jump

Noel James, UConn - 2.14m

Michelle Theophille, UofL -1.85m

Pole Vault

Chris Wyckoff, RU - 5.12m

MacKenzie Fields, UC - 4.20m

Long Jump

Corey Crawford, RU -7.61m

Kaila Barber, ND - 6.12m

Triple Jump

Kevin Bostick, RU - 15.33m

Mary Esther Gourdin, ND - 12.54m

Shot Put

Eric Masington, UConn - 17.87m

Khadija Abdullah, UofL - 16.80m

Weight Throw

Jared Thomas, USF - 19.80m

Victoria Flowers, UConn - 21.32m






Kaitlyn Good, UC - 3,907 pts.


Jesse Chapman, UConn - 5,228 pts.




The Week Ahead





Hoosier Hills Invite

Bloomington, Ind.









Valentine's Invite

Boston, Mass.
























Iowa State Classic

Ames, Iowa




Husky Invite

Seattle, Wash.









GVSU Big Meet

Grand Rapids, Mich.



Notre Dame






SPIRE Collegiate Invite

Geneva, Ohio




Kane Invite

Ithaca, N.Y.




Armory Invite

New York, N.Y.








All times and rankings courtesy of the Track and Field Results Reporting System and the USTFCCCA.