Feb. 11, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Tuesday’s BIG EAST Track and Field Weekly Awards were distributed evenly across four institutions as DePaul, Marquette, Providence and Xavier each grabbed a piece of the citations.
One of the highlights of last week’s competitions was Providence senior Emily Sisson taking the NCAA lead in the women’s 3,000 meters after winning the event at the Valentine Invitational hosted by Boston University.
The final weekend of regular-season indoor competition is on the way with Georgetown, Marquette, St. John’s and Xavier all scheduled for meets. The New York City Armory will host the BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 21-22.
BIG EAST Men’s Track Athlete of the Week
CHRIS MIEDEMA, DePAUL Sr., Port Colborne, Ontario
Miedema logged a pair of fourth-place finishes at the Meyo Invitational over the weekend. He took fourth in the 500-meter dash in 1:04.71, giving him the fourth-fastest time in the BIG EAST this season. In the 800 meters, Miedema ran a 1:51.30, a personal best and the seventh-fastest clocking in the conference.
BIG EAST Women’s Track Athlete of the Week
EMILY SISSON, PROVIDENCE Sr., Chesterfield, Mo.
Sisson captured the title in the 3,000-meter run at the Boston University Valentine Invitational on Friday with a time of 9:00.76, the fastest in Division I this season. It was a personal-best and ECAC-qualifying time.
BIG EAST Men’s Field Athlete of the Week
BIG EAST Women’s Field Athlete of the Week ONYA EDWARDS, XAVIER So., Lake Wylie, S.C.
WILLIAM KOECK, MARQUETTE Jr., Winneconne, Wis.
Koeck continued his strong season in the 35-pound weight throw at the UW-Parkside Track and Field Classic in Kenosha, Wis., over the weekend. The junior bested the field with a top toss of 19.93 meters (65’4.75”), the second-best mark in the BIG EAST this season. Koeck already owns the top distance in the conference.
Edwards broke the Xavier record in the triple jump when she posted a distance of 11.20 meters at the UIndy Relays hosted by the University of Indianapolis. She moves up to sixth in the BIG EAST this season.
BIG EAST Notebook
• Villanova junior Stephanie Schappert was second in the mile with a career best time of 4:39.45 at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York. Senior Nicky Akande was sixth in the race.
• DePaul sophomore Tayler Whittler was second in the 200-meter in a career best 24.50 seconds at the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame. Whittler was also fifth in the 60-meter dash.
• DePaul senior Matt Babicz was second in the shot put with a toss of 19.23 meters. It is the sixth time in six meets this indoor season that he has placed in the top three.
• The Marquette women’s distance medley team of Katie Kemmerer, Kayla Spencer, Nicole Etier and Alison Parker set a school record of 11:40.36 to finish third at the Meyo Invitational.
• Xavier senior Tom Ohlman was second in the 5,000 meter in a career best time of 14:28 at the UIndy Relays at the University of Indianapolis. The time is seventh best in the BIG EAST this season. Xavier senior Adrija Taraska set a school weight throw record of 12.55 meters.
• Providence’s men’s squad turned in a strong effort at the Boston University Valentine meet as 12 Friars scored personal best performances. Sophomore Joseph Vercollone ran both a personal best and an IC4A qualifying time of 1:52.56 in the 800 meter.
• In the mile, Providence teammates sophomores Julian Oakley (4:00.71), Harvey Dixon (4:04.10), and graduate students Julian Saad (4:01.04) and Kevin Cooper (4:02.44) all ran personal bests and IC4A qualifying times.
• Providence senior Laura Nagel was second to classmate Emily Sisson in the 3,000 meter run at the Boston University Valentine meet. She clocked a 9:01.35, the second-fastest time in the country.
• The St. John’s 4x400-meter women’s relay team of junior Claire Mooney, and seniors Amber Allen, Shayne Presley and Rikka Lovely finished ninth at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.
• St. John’s senior Danette Hinton was seventh in the weight throw with an 18.26-meter effort.
• Villanova senior standout Emily Lipari races in the famed Wanamaker Mile at the historic Millrose Games meet at the Armory this weekend.
• This week Marquette is in action at the GVSU Big Meet in Allendale, Mich., Georgetown heads to the Husky Invitational in Seattle, Wash., and the Iowa State Invitational in Ames, Iowa, and Xavier is at the Hoosier Hills Invitational in Bloomington, Ind.