Cincinnati's Fields and Rutgers' Plummer Named BIG EAST Field Athletes of the Week for Second Consecutive Week

PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Cincinnati's Mackenzie Fields and Rutgers' James Plummer were named BIG EAST Field Athletes of the Week for the second-straight week. Connecticut sophomore Lauren Sara earned BIG EAST Women's Track Athlete of the Week honors and Notre Dame sophomore Chris Giesting was named BIG EAST Men's Track Athlete of the Week.


Fields finished first for the third straight week in the pole vault, recording a mark of 4.30m (14'1.25'') at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational last weekend. The senior's vault tops the league and is ranked seventh nationally. Fields broke the Gettler Stadium and Cincinnati program records for the outdoor pole vault in the process.


Plummer was named BIG EAST Men's Field Athlete of the Week for the second week in a row after setting a Robins Stadium facility record and meet record of 60.72m in the discus at the Fred Hardy Invitational on March 28. The senior took first place, breaking the previous meet record by more than 10 meters. Plummer's mark is currently ranked first in the BIG EAST and third nationally.


Sara earned BIG EAST Women's Track Athlete of the Week accolades after finishing second in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 33:48.48 at the Raleigh Relays on March 29. The sophomore's time ranks first in the BIG EAST and 13th nationally.


Giesting finished first in the 400m (46.31) at the Stanford Invitational on March 29-30 to be named BIG EAST Men's Track Athlete of the Week. The sophomore also ran the second leg of the winning 4x400m relay team (3:06.71). Giesting's time in the 400m is currently the best in the league and ranks second nationally. His performance in the 4x400m relay helped the Fighting Irish rank eighth in the country.


According to the NCAA, "qualification to the [NCAA] championships is based on the descending-order list for the season...for each individual event contested, the top 16 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each relay contested, the top 12 relay teams will be accepted into the competition...There are no qualifying standards for the championships season."


BIG EAST Track & Field News and Notes

  • Williams back to jumping double
    • USF's Monique Williams finished first in the triple jump (12.93m) and second in the long jump (6.14m) at the Texas Relays on March 28.
    • The senior currently ranks first in the BIG EAST in both events
    • Williams was the 2013 BIG EAST long and triple jump champion indoors.
  • Masington finishes first in discus and shot put at UConn Spring Invite
    • UConn's Eric Masington finished first in the discus (56.46m) and the shot put (16.79m) last weekend in a home meet for the Huskies.
    • The junior currently ranks second in the conference in the discus and the shot put.
  • Cincinnati track & field head coach Bill Schnier was honored at Gettler Stadium last weekend for his 33 years of service for the Bearcats.
    • Schnier will retire at the end of the outdoor campaign.
    • Schnier coached in his final home meet after 33 years.


Below is a list of the top marks in BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field:





Kevin Bell, USF - 10.48

Tylia Gillon, RU - 11.48


Patrick Feeney, ND - 21.43

Aireonna Bailey, USF - 23.54


Pascal Orelus, USF - 47.50

Molly Ellis, STJ - 53.96



Rebecca Tracy, ND - 2:05.31


Bobby Peavey, GU - 3:47.58

Danielle Aragon, ND - 4:20.92


Andrew Springer, GU - 13:46.05

Katrina Coogan, GU - 15:50.08


Ernest Kibet, LOU - 28:55.55

Lauren Sara, UConn - 33:48.48


Terrence Somerville, CIN - 13.48

Jade Barber, ND - 13.26


Calvin Arsenault, LOU - 52.03

Megan Yanik, ND - 59.06

3,000m S

Mattias Wolter, LOU - 8:43.73

Alexa Aragon, ND - 10:10.18

4x100m relay

USF - 41.02

USF - 45.49

4x400m relay

Notre Dame - 3:06.71


4x800m relay



High Jump

Luke Gallaher, Pitt - 2.08m

Courtney Anderson, USF - 1.83m

Long Jump

Neamen Wise, USF - 7.62m

Monique Williams, USF - 6.14m

Triple Jump

Adam Bergo, RU - 15.33m

Monique Williams, USF - 12.93

Pole Vault

Josh Dangel, CIN - 5.34m

Mackenzie Fields, CIN - 4.30m

Shot Put

Brad Vivace, LOU - 17.19m

Amashi-Ali Kendall, LOU - 16.45m


James Plummer, RU - 60.72m

Mary Bridges, CIN - 48.76m

Hammer Throw

Sam Bombaugh, LOU - 62.94m

Victoria Flowers, UConn - 59.57m


Robert Millar, Pitt - 61.44m

Taylor Slaney, Pitt - 46-71m



The Week Ahead




Chicagoland Champs




at Auburn




at Stanford




at Milwaukee



Notre Dame

Mich. St. Invite




Colonial Relays
















Sam Howell Invite



St. John's













Cortland Invite




Florida Relays








Tenn. Challenge




Dog Fight



All times and rankings courtesy of the Track and Field Results Reporting System and the USTFCCCA.