Three Seniors Take BIG EAST Track and Field Honors

St. John's Danette Hinton

St. John's Danette Hinton

April 1, 2014

NEW YORK – Three seniors and one graduate student accounted for all four BIG EAST Weekly Track and Field awards on Tuesday, with Georgetown collecting a pair and St. John’s and Xavier splitting the remaining two.

The Hoyas accounted for both men’s awards with Dylan Sorensen and Eghosa Aghayere taking the track and field honors, respectively. St. John’s Danette Hinton was named the Women’s Field Athlete of the Week, while Xavier’s Clare Fischer grabbed the women’s track nod.

Georgetown and Villanova open this week’s competition on Thursday with the first of three days at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va. A busy weekend gets underway in earnest on Friday with Butler, DePaul, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s and Xavier all with scheduled meets.

BIG EAST Men’s Track Athlete of the Week
Sorensen set the meet record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Fred Hardy Invitational in Richmond, Va., last weekend, taking first in 8:56.51, giving him the top time in the BIG EAST and the nation’s fourth-fastest clocking. He also added an eighth-place finish in the 1,500 meters in 3:57.26.

BIG EAST Women’s Track Athlete of the Week
CLARE FISCHER, XAVIER Sr., Cleveland, Ohio
Fischer took the title in the 5,000 meters at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational held at Cincinnati over the weekend. She crossed the finish line first in 16:54.97, giving her the top time in the BIG EAST thus far this spring. Her time stands 31st in Division I as of Tuesday.

BIG EAST Men’s Field Athlete of the Week
Aghayere won the triple jump at the Fred Hardy Invite with a distance of 15.39 meters (50’ 6”) to rocket him to the top spot in the BIG EAST and 11th in Division I. It’s also a personal-best distance for the senior.

BIG EAST Women’s Field Athlete of the Week
DANETTE HINTON, ST. JOHN’S Sr., Peachtree City, Ga.
Hinton placed second at the Victor Lopez Classic in Houston, Texas on Friday with a 55.78-meter effort in the hammer throw, putting her sixth all-time in program history. She smashed her personal best that she’d set just one week before at the Spring Break Classic in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

BIG EAST Notebook

• DePaul senior Matt Babicz and sophomore Mac Melto put up big performances for the Blue Demons last week at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invite in Louisville, Ky. Babicz won the shot put with a throw of 18.03 meters, and Melton took the title in the 400-meter dash in 48.56.

• Xavier’s Tom Ohlman took fourth in the 5,000 at the Oliver Nikoloff Invite in 14:46.84, which is the second-best time in the conference this season. John Kolibab finished second in the high jump (1.98m) and Mercedes Oliver set a school record in the hammer throw (39.45m).

• Buter’s Shelbi Burnett took home the title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational. Her finishing time of 11:01.29 edged out Xavier’s Anna Ahrlichs by one one-hundredth of one second. Fellow Bulldog Nicole Hudec moved into fifth in the BIG EAST in the triple jump at the same event with a 10.93-meter effort.

• Georgetown’s Desree King took second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:01.15) at the Fred Hardy Invite to move into first in the BIG EAST. She was also part of the Hoyas’ winning 4x400 relay in which she led off. Their relay time (3:50.77) is second in the conference.

• Providence senior Patrick Bowler was first of 11 competitors in the javelin at the Stony Brook Spring Opener on Saturday with a toss of 52.42 meters.