Villanova Men and Cincinnati Women Hold Lead After First Day of BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships

New York, N.Y.- The Villanova men and Cincinnati women each hold first place after the first day of competition at the 2012 BIG EAST Indoor Track Championships at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in New York, N.Y. on Saturday.
On the women's side, Cincinnati senior Jasmine Cotten won the pentathlon, totaling 4,192 points which is the second-highest total in the history of the BIG EAST Championship. Cotten scored 18 of the team's 43 points. She also claimed the pentathlon title at the 2009 BIG EAST Championships with 4,073 total points. Cotten took second in the long jump with a mark of 6.00 meters.
The Bearcats scored 16 points in the pole vault, taking first and third place. Sophomore Sarah Rasnick won the event with a vault of 4.22 meters. Freshman Emily Clay took third place with a 3.85 meter vault.
Notre Dame ended the day in second place with 30 points as senior Maddie Buttinger earned eight points in the pentathlon. Villanova finished closely in third place with 29 points. Freshman Alex Wasik earned eight points by finishing second in the pole vault (3.95m). The Wildcats also earned eight points by finishing second in the Distance Medley Relay.
Louisville earned 18 of its 24 points in the weight throw to finish the day in fourth place. Junior Amashi-Ali Kendall took first place with a winning throw of 20.01 meters while sophomore Patrice Gates took second with an 18.72m throw. This marks the sixth-straight season a Cardinal has won the event.
USF sophomore Monique Williams took first place in the long jump with a winning leap of 6.13 meters earing 10 of USF's 22 points. The Bulls finished day one in fifth place.
On the men's side, Villanova totaled 31 points by taking the top two spots in the 5,000-meter run. Junior Hugo Beamish defended his title by winning the race with a time of 14:06.40. Senior Ryan Sheridan finished in second with a time of 14:10.73. The two combined for 18 of the team's 31 points.
Syracuse finished the day in second place with 28 points as junior Frank Taylor finished first in the long jump with a leap of 7.44 meters.
USF ended the first day in third place as senior Jared Thomas won the weight throw. His throw of 19.72 meters earned 10 of the Bulls' 25.50 team points.
Notre Dame stands in fourth place with 24 points, led by a first-place finish in the pole vault by senior Kevin Schipper. Schipper won the pole vault for the third consecutive year, clearing a height of 5.25 meters. The Schipper family has won each of the last five BIG EAST pole vault titles. Kevin's brother Matt won the event in 2008 and 2009.
Providence won the Distance Medley Relay with a time of 9:41.36, earing 10 team points. The Friars currently sit in ninth place with 10 points.
Pittsburgh sophomore Brycen Spratling set a meet record in the 500-meter run with a time of 1.00.95. The old record of 1:01.02 was set by Seton Hall's Greg Gomes in 2008.
Sunday is the final day of competition with events beginning at 8:00 a.m. Eastern.
Women's Day 1 Scores
  1. Cincinnati, 43
  2. Notre Dame, 30
  3. Villanova, 29
  4. Louisville, 24
  5. USF, 22
  6. West Virginia, 17
  7. Georgetown, 14
  8. Providence, 12
  9. St. John's, 11
  10. Rutgers, 7
  11. Connecticut, 6
Syracuse, 6
     13. Pittsburgh, 5
          Marquette, 5
     15. DePaul, 3
Men's Day 1 Scores
  1. Villanova, 31
  2. Syracuse, 28
  3. USF, 25.50
  4. Notre Dame, 24
  5. Rutgers, 18
  6. Connecticut, 16
  7. Georgetown, 12
Marquette, 12
     9. Providence, 10
     10. Louisville, 8.5
     11. Pittsburgh, 6
     12. DePaul, 4
     13. Cincinnati, 0

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