PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Notre Dame swept the season's first BIG EAST Men's Outdoor Track & Field weekly awards as announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Irish sophomore Jeremy Rae was named BIG EAST Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week, while junior Kevin Schipper earned BIG EAST Men's Field Athlete of the Week. On the women's side, West Virginia senior Chelsea Carrier was named BIG EAST Women's Track Athlete of the Week while Louisville junior Charachesicia Lockhart earned BIG EAST Women's Field Athlete of the Week.
Rae was named BIG EAST Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week after notching the best collegiate time in the nation this season in the 1,500-meter run at the Stanford Invitational last weekend. Rae was the first collegiate athlete to cross the finish line with a personal-best time of 3:44.09, coming in just behind Nike athlete David Torrence. Rae's time is .32 seconds ahead of UTEP's Elkana Rotich for the best time in the country this year.
Schipper earned BIG EAST Men's Field Athlete of the Week after winning the pole vault at the Arizona State Invitational on March 25-26. Schipper, the 2011 BIG EAST indoor pole vault champion, cleared a height of 5.20 meters, the best in the conference this season and the fourth best performance in the nation.
Carrier was named BIG EAST Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week after winning the 100-meter hurdles at the Stanford Invitational on March 26. Carrier narrowly missed a school record after crossing the finish line in 13.20 seconds. The time ranks seventh in the nation and placed her first of the 46 competitors.
Lockhart earned BIG EAST Women's Field Athlete of the Week after notching a pair of top-five finishes at the Alabama Relays on March 24-27. Lockhart won the long jump with a conference-best leap of 6.29 meters. The mark was a career best and also ranks second nationally this season. Her closest competitor finished .17 meters (six feet) shorter. The junior also placed fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 11.46 meters.
The next BIG EAST Track and Field Weekly Awards will be released on April 5, 2011.