41 BIG EAST Athletes Earn Indoor Track & Field All-America Selections

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the 267 men and 270 women that earned first team or second team USTFCCCA All-America distinctions for the 2011 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field season. A total of 642 awards were given as a result of performances at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in College Station, Texas. In addition, 46 individuals received honorable mention for their participation in the championships. First team honors were given to those who placed in the championships' top eight or were a member of an eight-person final. Second team honors were handed out to those who earned final classifications between ninth and 16th place. Others who participated earned honorable mention. USTFCCCA membership by a program is required to earn All-America awards. The BIG EAST finished tied for fifth with 27 All-Americans on the women's side. Connecticut led all BIG EAST teams with seven All-American awards. Junior Heather Wilson was a First Team All-America selection after finishing fourth in the 800-meter run, while also being a member of the distance medley relay team that earned All-America Second Team honors. Junior Victoria Flowers joined Wilson on the first team after finishing fourth in the weight throw. Villanova earned six All-America selections, led by the National Champion distance medley relay team of Emily Lipari, Ariann Neutts, Sheila Reid and Christie Verdier, who earned first team honors. Reid was also a First Team All-America selection in the 3,000-meter run. Louisville senior D'Ana McCarty , USF senior Denise von Eynatten and West Virginia senior Chelsea Carrier rounded out the first team selections. McCarty earned first team in the weight throw after taking third, while Carrier notched first team honors in both the 60-meter hurdles (fourth) and the pentathlon (fifth). Eynatten finished fifth in the high jump, clearing a height of 14-1.25 meters. The men's side earned 14 All-America selections. Two separate distance medley relay teams earned first team honors. Notre Dame's squad of Patrick Feeney, Jack Howard, Jeremy Rae and Johnathan Shawel finished fourth, while Villanova's team of Jason Apwah, Carlton Bowers, Mathew Mildenhall and Brian Tetrault placed eighth. Connecticut senior Michael Rutt and Providence junior David McCarthy rounded out the first team selections on the men's side. Rutt took second in the 800-meter run and was the highest individual finisher from the BIG EAST. McCarthy placed eighth in the 3,000-meter run to score the only points for Providence. In total All-America awards, including first- and second-team honors only, the SEC led all conferences in men's certificates with 69, followed by the Big 12 (53), Big Ten (53), Pac-10 (39), and ACC (27) to round out the top five. On the women's side, the SEC again bested the conference list with 65, followed by the Big 12 (63), Pac-10 (38), ACC (37), BIG EAST (27), and Big Ten (27). Counting only first-team honors, the SEC and Big Ten tied on the men's side with 35, followed by the Big 12's 32 and Pac-10's 24. The Big 12 women notched the most first-team honors with 46 and where followed by the SEC (33), Pac-10 (25), Big Ten (17), BIG EAST (16), and ACC (15).