BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Weekly Notebook - Feb. 9

BIG EAST teams prepare for their final weekend of competition before heading to the 2011 BIG EAST Championships in Akron, Ohio Feb. 19-20. The BIG EAST ranks fifth in the Women's Conference Top 10 Index and seventh in the Men's Conference Top 10 Index according to the latest USTFCCCA report. The women's side has four teams in the top 25 including No. 12 West Virginia, No. 16 Villanova, No. 23 Louisville and No. 25 Georgetown. Only the SEC and Big 12 have more teams in the top 25 with five each.  The BIG EAST's complete top performances list can be accessed at www.directathletics.com.
 
Where they will be this week...
Men
Akron Invitational (Akron, Ohio): Pittsburgh
Binghamton Tri-Meet (Binghamton, N.Y.): Syracuse
Hoosier Hills Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.): Marquette
Lafayette-Rider Invitational (): Connecticut
ISU Classic (Ames, Iowa): DePaul
St. Valentine's Day Classic (Boston, Mass.): Providence, Syracuse
Tyson Invitational (Fayetteville, Ark.): Louisville
Virginia Duals (Bronx, N.Y.): Rutgers
Washington Husky Invitational (Seattle, Wash.): Georgetown, Villanova
Idle: Notre Dame, USF
 
Women
Akron Invitational (Akron, Ohio): Pittsburgh
Binghamton Tri-Meet (Binghamton, N.Y.): Syracuse
Blue/Gold Meet (Morgantown, W. Va.): West Virginia
Hoosier Hills Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.): Cincinnati, Marquette
ISU Classic (Ames, Iowa): DePaul
Last Chance at the Armory (New York, N.Y.): St. John's
St. Valentine's Day Classic (Boston, Mass.): Providence, Syracuse
Tyson Invitational (Fayetteville, Ark.): Louisville
Virginia Duals (Bronx, N.Y.): Rutgers
Washington Husky Invitational (Seattle, Wash.): Georgetown, Villanova
Idle: Connecticut, Notre Dame, USF
 
Cincinnati: Cincinnati placed 12th at the New Balance Invitational on Feb. 5 at the Armory Track and Field Center in Manhattan, N.Y. The Bearcats, who totaled 23 points, established school records in the shot put, 500-meter dash and the 1,000-meter run, while tying another school record in the pole vault.
 
Freshman Frida Akerstrom had a throw of 15.20 meters to break the school record in the shot put, placing her third in the event. Junior MacKenzie Field placed fourth in the high jump, clearing a record height of 4.10 meters. Junior Kathy Klump broke the 500-meter dash record with a time of 1:13.42, while classmate Jenna Heaton broke the record in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:52.32.
 
The Bearcats are at the Hoosier Hills Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. on Feb. 11.
 
Connecticut: The Connecticut men's team posted three victories last weekend, participating in both the Giegengack Invitational and New Balance Invitational, including sophomore Joshua Faboyede in the weight throw, freshman Cory Duggan in the pole vault and senior Kashif Moore in the 60-meter dash. Senior Mike Rutt ran an NCAA-qualifying time of 1:49.16 in the 800-meter run at the New Balance Invitational. Connecticut went one-two-three in the 60-meter dash at the Giegengack Invite, with Moore, junior Kevin Steinberg and sophomore Jesse Drinks placing first, second and third respectively.
 
Five Huskies hold top marks in the Northeast Region: Steinberg (6.73-60-meter dash), Rutt (1:49.16-800-meter run), freshman Noel James (2.15-meter-high jump), senior Kyle Duggan (5.15-meter-pole vault) and junior Aaron King (5,413 points-heptathlon).
 
The Huskies remain first in the Northeast Region of the USTFCCCA regional rankings. The men are at the Lafayette-Rider Invitational on Feb. 11.
 
The UConn women are ranked No. 1 in the Northeast Region for the third-straight week. The Huskies saw record-breaking performances at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Feb. 5. The distance medley relay team shattered the school record by over 24 seconds with a time of 11:11.93. It was the seventh-best time in the nation and tops in the conference this season. Junior Heather Wilson ran the anchor of the DMR and also placed first in the 800-meter Championship Division with a Connecticut record, lowering the time to 2:05.68. The time stands at first in the BIG EAST and fourth in the nation.
 
Senior All-American Trisha-Ann Hawthorne lowered her own UConn 60-meter dash record twice on the weekend, running 7.29 in the prelims and 7.28 in the finals. The Connecticut women are off until the BIG EAST Championships.
 
DePaul: DePaul men's and women's teams competed at the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 5. On the men's side, junior Matthew Graham came in second in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:09.75. Graham's time is a career-best and also a DePaul school record. Sophomore Chris Kyles ran BIG EAST-qualifying times in both the 200-meter dash and the 60-meter dash.

On the women's side, sophomore Lindsey Holden represented the Blue Demons in the 400-meter dash and ran a BIG EAST-qualifying time to finish in sixth. Junior Toni Salvatore finished in seventh in the mile with a time of 4:59.66.
 
The Blue Demons head to Ames, Iowa on Feb. 10-12 for the ISU Classic.
 
Georgetown:The Hoyas' men's competed at the Giegengack Invitational on Feb. 5. Senior Ayalew Taye took home the individual crown on the men's side in the mile run, crossing the line in a time of 4:05.62. The highlight of the weekend came from senior Chris Kinney, who broke the school record in the 60-meter hurdles for the second-straight weekend. Kinney ran a time of 7.75, which ranks first in the conference and placed him third at the meet.
 
The women's side competed at the New Balance Invitational and had a solid showing from its middle distance runners. Sophomore All-American Rachel Schneider took third in the mile with a time of 4:44.58, while freshman Becca DeLoache ran a BIG EAST and ECAC-qualifying time in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:11.53.
 
The Hoyas will compete at the Washington Husky Invitational Feb. 11-12.
 
Louisville:The Louisville men's and women's teams were split between the Meyo Invitational and the Virginia Tech Elite Meet Feb. 4-5. The men's side saw senior Neil Angermeier set a career-best mark in the high jump on the final day of the Virginia Tech Elite Meet, clearing a height of 2.15 meters to finish third in the event. Senior Weston Banks also set a pair of career marks at the meet, finishing ninth in the weight throw with a toss of 18.51 meters and third in the shot put with a distance of 17.85 meters.
 
On the track, sophomore Howard Shepard, III led the Cardinals with a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter run at the Meyo Invitational. Shepard ran a career-best time of 1:51.64.
 
On the women's side, sophomore Khadija Abdullah finished first in the shot put at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet with a throw of 16.59 meters. It was her fourth-straight win in the event. On the track, senior Kim Grieshaber took fifth in the 5,000-meter run at the Meyo Invitational with a time of 16:56.04.
 
The Cardinals compete in the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. on Feb. 11-12.
 
Marquette: The Marquette men's and women's teams competed at the Meyo Invitational Feb. 4-5. The men's side saw sophomore Kyle Winter run the fifth-fastest time in school history in the 800-meter run, winning the event in a time of 1:51.00. Senior Nick Szczech also was impressive, winning the 5,000-meter run in 14:17.52, the 10th-fastest time in the country this season.
 
For the women, senior Lauren Darnall cleared a height of 3.85 meters to place fifth in the event. Freshman Sarah Ball placed ninth in the 1,000-meter run, finishing the event in a Marquette freshman record time of 2:55.80.
 
The Golden Eagles will be at the Hoosier Hills Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. Feb. 11-12.
 
Notre Dame: Sophomore Jeremy Rae highlighted the Meyo Invitational for the Notre Dame men, running a sub four-minute mile to win the event. Rae crossed the line in 3:59.62, the fourth-fastest time in the nation and the best in the conference this season. Freshman Patrick Feeney and senior Kevin Labus each notched third-place finishes in the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run respectively.
 
On the women's side, freshman Meg Ryan placed eighth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:43.02. Sophomore Rebecca Tracy ran to a fourth-place finish in the mile with a time of 4:44.31.
 
Notre Dame is idle this week and will next compete at the BIG EAST Championships Feb. 19-20 in Akron, Ohio.
 
Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh men's and women's track teams competed at the New Balance Invitational on Feb. 4-5. The women were led by junior Miya Johnson, who set a career-best time in the 500-meter dash. Johnson finished third with a time of 1:15.94. Also highlighting the women's team was senior Brianna Broyles, who had a personal best in the 60-meter hurdles to place ninth.
 
On the men's side, the 4x400 relay team of junior Dontave Cowsette, senior Antony Hobwana, junior Jerome Lowery and freshman Micah Murray too first place with a time of 3:18.04. Three athletes on the men's team set personal bests including sophomores TaShaun Hill (60-meter hurdles) and Wesley Washington (1,000-meter run) and junior Dan Kwiatkowski (shot put).
 
The Panthers are at the Akron Invitational on Feb. 11-12.
 
Providence: The Providence men's and women's teams competed at the Giegengack Invitational on Feb. 4-5. On the men's side, freshman Francis Hernandez notched a BIG EAST-qualifying time in the mile, crossing the line in 4:12.30. Also earning a spot in the conference meet was freshman Alex Wallace, who finished the 1,000-meter run in 2:27.00. Junior Corey Brunelle had a strong performance in the 3,000-meter run, placing sixth in 8:29.47.
 
On the women's side, sophomore triple-jumper Christina Lavigne fell just shy of her personal best with a leap of 11.10 meters. She placed sixth at the meet. Junior Sara Graney grabbed 12th in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:28.32.
 
The Friars are at the Boston University St. Valentine's Classic on Feb. 11-12.

Rutgers: The Rutgers men's team was led by a great effort from its jumpers at the Sykes Sabock Challenge on Feb. 4-5. Sophomore Chris Wycoff led the charge with a season-best jump of 15'9" to take first in the pole vault. In the long jump, freshman Devin Jones had a career-best leap of 47'1/4" to claim second. On the track, junior Aaron Younger placed third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.50.
 
The Scarlet Knights are at the Virginia Duals in the Bronx, N.Y. on Feb. 12.
 
St. John's:Competing at the New Balance Invitational and Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational, St. John's compiled eight career-best performances and three new championship qualifiers.
At the New Balance Invitational on Feb. 4-5, senior Bintou Dibba led the Red Storm with a fifth-place finish in the long jump. Her jump of 5.86 meters marked a career best and qualified her for the ECAC Championships. In the weight throw, junior captain Chanel King placed sixth with a career-best throw of 17.59 meters, just a week after smashing her old record with a throw of 17.30 meters.
Out at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational, sophomore Nicole Cocozza paced the team with a career-best performance in the mile (5:05.04), qualifying her for the BIG EAST Championships.
St. John's next competes at the Last Chance meet at the Armory meet on Feb. 12.
USF:The USF men's and women's track and field teams competed at Penn State's Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup on Feb. 4-5 and came back to Tampa with 19 personal records. For the third week in a row, freshman Shane Lewis and senior Antillio Bastian finished first and second respectively in the triple jump. Lewis was named as a "Fresh Face" in the Feb. 7 USTFCCCA weekend recap release.
 
For the women, senior Stephanie Duffy broke the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup meet record with a pole vault of 13-6.25 and set a personal record in the process.
 
Three Bulls are ranked in USTFCCCA's the top 35 as of Feb. 8: Junior David Aristil (15th - 60-meter hurdles), senior Denise von Enyatten (11th- pole vault) and Duffy (18th- pole vault).
 
The Bulls are idle this week and will next be in action at the BIG EAST Championships in Akron, Ohio on Feb. 19-20.
 
Syracuse: The Orange posted a solid weekend at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. Senior Kwaku Boah broke the school record in the weight throw with a heave of 19.93 meters, which leads the BIG EAST. Freshman Amber Passalagua notched a fourth-place finish in the high jump with a leap of 1.60 meters.
 
Junior Matthew Callanan and freshman Donald Pollitt finished 10-11 in the 60-meter hurdles with IC4A qualifying times of 8.18 and 8.20, respectively. Freshman Max Straneva competed in the 2011 USA Cross Country Championships in San Diego, Calif., placing second in the men's junior 8k race. His performance earned him a spot on Team USA and he will represent the Orange at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbria, Spain in March.
 
Syracuse's distance runners will compete in the Valentine Invitational hosted by Boston University on Feb. 11 and 12. The rest of the Orange will participate in the Binghamton Tri on Feb 11. 
 
Villanova: Last weekend, senior Sheila Reid ran in the prestigious New Balance Indoor Grand Prix at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, where she placed third in the mile despite being the only collegiate runner in the race.  Reid tallied a time of 4:35.30 and came in third out of 11 runners after holding the lead with 400 meters and 200 meters remaining in the race.  Her time is an unofficial leading time in the nation among NCAA runners this season, although it cannot be counted as an official time for NCAA purposes.  Reid also is currently the national leader in the 3000-meter run.  In last weekend's mile race in Boston, she was in great company with a third-place finish, as the two runners to come in ahead of her were each former Villanova stars.  Marina Muncan won the race and was followed by Carmen Douma-Hussar. 
 
On the men's side, at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, freshman Sam McEntee made his Villanova debut by finishing third in the championship section of the mile. McEntee registered a time of 4:09.84 which is the fourth-fastest on the team this season.  His time also met a BIG EAST and IC4A qualifying standard.  Other top results for the Wildcats included senior Jason Apwah placing 13th in the 800 meters and junior Frank Anuszewski coming in ninth in the weight throw.  In addition, senior Brian Tetreault was fourth in the 1000-meter run and junior Matt Kane placed ninth in the 5000-meter run. 
 
Both teams will compete at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. on Feb. 11-12.
 
West Virginia: Senior Chelsea Carrier led West Virginia at the GaREAT Collegiate Invitational on Feb. 5. Carrier broke the school record in the 60-meter hurdles, recording a time of 8.21. Senior Kaylyn Christopher and junior Jessica O'Connell also posted excellent showings in the mile, finishing in second (4:41.61) and third (4:42.00). In the field events, sophomore Heather Adams threw a personal-best in the weight throw, and a BIG EAST-qualifying performance of 15.27 meters, good for third place.
 
The Mountaineers will continue action next weekend with the Gold/Blue Meet at the WVU Shell Building on Feb. 12.