BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Weekly Notebook - March 30

Providence, R.I. - The outdoor track season kicked-off this past weekend with 10 men's teams and 12 women's teams competing at various events around the country. The BIG EAST's complete top performances list can be accessed at www.directathletics.com.
 
Where they will be this week...
Men:
Oliver Nikoloff Open (Cincinnati, Ohio): Cincinnati, Marquette
LSU Invitational (Baton Rouge, La.): Connecticut
Mike Poehlein Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.): DePaul, Louisville, Notre Dame
Colonial Relays (Williamsburg, Va.): Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Villanova
Pepsi Florida Relays (Gainesville, Fla.): Louisville (throws only)
Bryant Quad Meet (Smithfield, R.I.): Providence (March 29)
Bryant Invitational (Smithfield, R.I.): Providence (April 2)
South Florida Invite (Tampa, Fla.): USF
Sam Howell Invitational (Princeton, N.J.): Villanova
 
Women:
Oliver Nikoloff Open (Cincinnati, Ohio): Cincinnati, Marquette
Mike Poehlein Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.): DePaul, Louisville, Notre Dame
Colonial Relays (Williamsburg, Va.): Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Villanova, West Virginia
Pepsi Florida Relays (Gainesville, Fla.): Louisville (throws only)
Bryant Quad Meet (Smithfield, R.I.): Providence (March 29)
Bryant Invitational (Smithfield, R.I.): Providence (April 2)
Sam Howell Invitational (Princeton, N.J.): St. John's, Villanova
South Florida Invite (Tampa, Fla.): USF
Idle: Connecticut
 
Men:
Cincinnati: The Bearcats competed at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C., on March 25-26 to open their outdoor season. The weekend was highlighted by junior Eric Finan, who finished first among collegiate participants in the 5,000-meter run, notching a time of 13:54.72. The mark stands as the fastest time in the conference this season. Senior Tommy Morgan placed fifth in the 10,000-meter run after recording a time of 30:20.44.
 
Cincinnati hosts the Oliver Nikoloff Open on April 1-2.
 
Connecticut:Connecticut will continue the 2011 outdoor season this weekend when they travel to Baton Rouge, La. to participate in the LSU Invitational on April 2.
 
DePaul: The Blue Demons opened their season at the Raleigh Relays on March 25-26 in Raleigh, N.C. The team continues outdoor action at the Mike Poehlein Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind., on April 2.
 
Georgetown: The Hoyas competed at the Stanford Invitational on March 25-26. The team is back in action at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va., on April 1-2.
 
Louisville: The Cardinals opened the outdoor season at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala., last weekend. The day was highlighted by the 4x1,500 meter relay team that placed first with a school-record time of 16:00.55. The team included sophomore Luke Lovelace, freshman Mattias Wolter, freshman Tyler Byrne and senior Matt Bruce. Senior Weston Banks also notched a first-place finish, taking the crown in the shot put with a toss of 17.50 meters.
 
The Cardinals will split squads this weekend, with the throwers heading to the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla., on April 1. The rest of the team travels to the Mike Poehlein Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.
Marquette: Marquette did not compete last weekend. The Golden Eagles are at the Olver Nikoloff Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 1-2.
Notre Dame:The Irish split their squad to open the season this past weekend. Multi-event specialists were at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the sprinters, throwers and jumpers were at the Arizona State Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., and  the middle distance and distance runners were at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.
 
Sophomore Jeremy Rae was the first collegiate athlete to cross the finish line in the 1,500-meter run with a personal-best time of 3:44.09, coming in just behind David Torrence, a professional Nike elite athlete. Rae's time is 0.32 seconds ahead of UTEP's Elkana Rotich for the best time in the country this year. Junior Kevin Schipper, the 2011 BIG EAST indoor pole vault champion, earned first in the pole vault after clearing a height of 5.20 meters, the best in the conference this season and the fourth-best performance in the nation.
 
This weekend (April 1-2) Notre Dame will compete at the Mike Poehlein Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. 
 
Pittsburgh: The Panthers opened the season at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C., this past weekend. Pitt finished eighth as a team. Sophomore Caleb Matthews notched a victory in the long jump, while junior Folarin Ijelu took third.
 
Pitt will travel to Williamsburg, Va., this week to compete in the Colonial Relays on April 1-2.

Providence: The Friars open their outdoor season with a pair of meets at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. The team competes at the Bryant Quad Meet on March 29 before taking part in the Bryant Invitational on April 1-2.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights did not compete this week. The team is next in action at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va., on April 1-2.

USF: The Bulls opened their season at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta, Ga., on March 25 and posted eight BIG EAST qualifying marks as well as two personal records. Sophomore Pascal Orelus took the 400 meters for the men's team, posting a BIG EAST-qualifying 48.35. He was joined by junior Philip Wise, sophomore Neaman Wise and freshman Camilo Calderon in a group of Bulls that put up qualifiers on the track.
USF hosts the South Florida Invite on April 1.

Syracuse: The Orange opened at the Asics/Winthrop Invitational and the Stanford Invitational. On the men's side, sophomore Joseph Bubniak recorded SU's highest finish in fifth with a time of 3:52.06 in the 1,500-meter run.
 
Syracuse will next compete in the Princeton Sam Howell Invitational on April 1 and 2.  
 
Villanova: Sophomore Nicoy Hines came in first place in the 400 meter hurdles to provide a highlight for Villanova at the Big Five Invite at Franklin Field on Saturday, where the Wildcats competed in the Big Five Invite to open the outdoor season.
 
The Wildcats are split between the Sam Howell Invitational in Princeton, N.J., and the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va.
 
Women:
Cincinnati: The Bearcats participated in the UCF Invitational on March 25-26 in Orlando, Fla. Cincinnati's pole vaulting group highlighted the competition, taking the top-five spots in the event. Junior MacKenzie Fields led the group in first, clearing a height of 12-11.5. Senior sprinter Natasha Burse ran the 100-meter dash in 11.70 seconds.
 
Connecticut:The Huskies competed at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on March 25 in Atlanta, Ga.  Connecticut had three first, and four second-place showings on the weekend. Redshirt senior Tynisha McMillian won the shot put with a toss of 14.21 meters and placed second in the discus with 43.96 meters  Senior Meghan Cunningham took second in the 800-meter run and first in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:30.71.  Senior Brittany Heninger took first in the 5,000 with a time of 17:09.03. Connecticut is idle this week.
 
DePaul: The Blue Demons opened their season at the Raleigh Relays on March 25-26 in Raleigh, N.C. Senior Melissa Fraser led the team with a first and third place finish in her events. Fraser threw a distance of 49.57 meters in the javelin to take first for the second week in a row. Junior Alanna Kovacs also competed in the javelin and finished in third with a distance of 47.59 meters. In the hammer throw, Fraser threw a distance of 55.60 meters, a school record, to finish third. Also representing the women, senior Mary Cate Quiett competed in the 800-meter run and finished in first place with a time of 2:08.82. 
 
The team continues outdoor action at the Mike Poehlein Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind., on April 2.
 
Georgetown: The Hoyas competed at the Stanford Invitational on March 25-26. The team is back in action at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va., on April 1-2.
 
Louisville: The Cardinals opened the outdoor season at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala., last weekend. The 4x400 meter relay team set a school record with a time of 3:44.88 to finish third. The team consisted of sophomore Chelsea Brown, freshman Ahlivia Spencer, senior Rachel Gehret and sophomore Margret Harris. Also, junior Charachsicia Lockhart captured her first outdoor victory in the long jump. The junior registered a first-place leap of 6.29m/20-7.75, a career-best mark. Currently, the jump ranks No. 1 in the BIG EAST and No. 2 nationally.
 
The Cardinals will split squads this weekend, with the throwers heading to the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla., on April 1. The rest of the team travels to the Mike Poehlein Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.

Marquette: Marquette did not compete last weekend. The Golden Eagles are at the Olver Nikoloff Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 1-2.

Notre Dame:The Irish split their squad to open the season this past weekend. Multi-event specialists were at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the sprinters, throwers and jumpers were at the Arizona State Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., and the middle distance and distance runners were at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.
 
Pittsburgh: The Panthers opened the season at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C., this past weekend. Pitt finished sixth as a team. Junior Cambrya Jones led the way with a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash while freshman Jessica Rocco took fifth in the javelin.
 
Pitt will travel to Williamsburg, Va., this week to compete in the Colonial Relays on April 1-2.

Providence: The Friars open their outdoor season with a pair of meets at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. The team competes at the Bryant Quad Meet on March 29 before taking part in the Bryant Invitational on April 1-2.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights did not compete last week. The team is next in action at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va., on April 1-2.

St. John's: The Red Storm did not compete last week. The team is next in action at the Sam Howell Invitational in Princeton, N.J., on April 2.
USF: The Bulls opened their season at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on March 25 in Atlanta, Ga., and posted eight BIG EAST qualifying marks as well as three personal records. Freshman Christine Poole-Trice led the way with BIG EAST qualifying marks in both the 200 and 400 meter events.
USF hosts the South Florida Invite on April 1.

Syracuse: The Orange opened the season at the Asics/Winthrop Invitational and the Stanford Invitational. Senior Kelsey Rubeor highlighted action at Winthrop with her first place finish in the heptathlon with a personal best and ECAC qualifying 5,337 points. She finished first in five out of seven events. Rubeor has met the NCAA qualifying standards for the heptathlon during each of the last three seasons.
 
At Stanford, all 15 Syracuse runners slated BIG EAST qualifying times, while 11 met ECAC and IC4A standards. In the women's 5,000-meter run, junior Lauren Penney and senior Katie Hursey set personal bests with times of 16:09.44 and 16:10.50, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively in section one. Sophomore Sarah Pagano also earned a sixth place finish in section three of the 5,000-meter run with a personal best time of 16:32.44.
 
Syracuse will next compete in the Princeton Sam Howell Invitational on April 1 and 2.  
 
Villanova: Seniors Kristen Mahon and Callie Hogan and junior Julia Arduini each recorded first-place finishes at Franklin Field on March 25 as Villanova opened the outdoor season at the Big Five Invite, hosted by Penn and including each of the Big Five schools plus other local teams.
 
The Wildcats are split between the Sam Howell Invitational in Princeton, N.J., and the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va.
 
West Virginia: The Mountaineers competed at the Stanford Invitational to open their season last week. The day was highlighted by senior Chelsea Carrier who won the 100-meter hurdles. 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.
 
WVU is at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va., April 1-2.