Feb. 18, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Three schools split the last four BIG EAST Track and Field Weekly Awards of the indoor season on Tuesday, with Villanova capturing the Men’s and Women’s Track Athlete nods. DePaul and Xavier split the field honors.
The focus shifts to the BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday-Saturday at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the New York City Armory. Friday’s competition is set to begin at 8 a.m., while Saturday’s schedule starts at 4:25 p.m. with the opening ceremonies.
BIG EAST Men’s Track Athlete of the Week
PATRICK TIERNAN, VILLANOVA R-Fr., Toowoomba, Australia
Tiernan set an indoor school record in the 5,000 meters and is ranked first in the BIG EAST and second in the country entering this weekend’s BIG EAST Indoor Championships after taking second with a time of 13:37.73 at the Iowa State Classic. The previous Villanova indoor record in the event had stood for 33 years.
BIG EAST Women’s Track Athlete of the Week
EMILY LIPARI, VILLANOVA Sr., Greenvale, N.Y.
Lipari was one of only two collegiate runners in the 12-competitor field in the prestigious Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games over the weekend at the New York City Armory. She took eighth overall and was the top collegiate finisher with a time of 4:35.24, which gives her the third-fastest time in the nation and the top showing in the BIG EAST this season.
BIG EAST Men’s Field Athlete of the Week
BIG EAST Women’s Field Athlete of the Week MERCEDES OLIVER, XAVIER So., Cleveland, Ohio
MATT BABICZ, DePAUL Sr., Mount Prospect, Ill.
Babicz posted his seventh top-three finish of the season with a third-place showing (second among collegiate competitors) at the Fred Wilt Memorial Boilermaker Invitational over the weekend. He finished with a throw of 17.91 meters in the shot put.
Oliver threw her season best in the shot put, taking 10th with a distance of 13.21 meters as the Musketeers wrapped up their schedule before the BIG EAST Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Hoosier Hills Invitational at Indiana. Her mark ranks fourth in the BIG EAST.
BIG EAST Notebook
• Villanova sophomores Jordan Williamsz and Robert Denault both broke the four-minute mile mark at the Iowa State Classic over the weekend. Williams ran it in 3:56.84 and Denault in 3:59.86 to sit 1-2 in the BIG EAST entering the championships. Williamsz’ time is second in the country.
• Wildcats senior Samuel Ellison came in fifth in the 800 meters in 1:48.40.
• Georgetown senior Billy Ledder ran the second-best time in school history in the 800 meters with a 1:47.89 for third place at Iowa State. Ledder also teamed with freshman Ryan Manahan and sophomores Devante Washington and Ahmed Bile to finish second in the distance medley relay in 9:35.26.
• Georgetown junior Andrea Keklak also climbed to second on the school’s all- time list in the 800 meters with a 2:04.64 clocking to place fourth. Hoyas graduate student All-American Amanda Kimbers finished second in the 200-meter dash in 24:39.
• The Georgetown women’s distance medley relay quartet of Kimbers, Krelak, senior Chelsea Cox and freshman Sabrina Southerland turned in a strong time of 11:22.68 against Duke, Minnesota and Iowa State.
• St. John’s senior Danette Hinton finished sixth in the women’s elite division weight throw with a toss of 17.96 meters at the famed NYRR Millrose Games at the Armory.
• St. John’s women’s 4 x400-meter relay team of sophomore Parlis Garcia, junior Claire Mooney and seniors Rikka Lovely and Amber Allen finished second in the Eastern college relay at the Millrose Games. The team’s time of 3:43:87 was less than two seconds slower than its season best set last week.
• Butler junior Mara Olson set the school mark in the 5000 meter run with a time of 16:03.89 to place third at the Cyclone Classic.
• Butler’s men’s distance medley relay team of seniors Alex Berry, Tom Anderson, junior Tom Curr and freshman Erik Peterson, placed third with a school record time of 9:37.35 at the Cyclone Classic. Berry was fourth in the 400-meter dash with a 48.34 clocking.
• Butler senior Dominique Stephens set the school mark in the weight throw with a 15.35 meter toss to finish ninth at the Fred Wilt Boilermaker Invitational.