BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Weekly Notebook - April 6

Providence, R.I. - All of the BIG EAST's 12 outdoor men's track and field teams and 14 women's track and field teams were in action this past weekend. The BIG EAST's complete top performances list can be accessed at www.directathletics.com.
 
Where they will be this week...
Men:
Miami Invitational (Oxford, Ohio): Cincinnati
Texas Relays (Austin, Texas): Connecticut, USF
Husky Spring Invite (Storrs, Conn.): Connecticut
Sun Angel Classic (Tempe, Ariz.): DePaul (split squad), Syracuse
Chicagoland Classic (Chicago, Ill.): DePaul (split squad)
Mason Spring Invitational (Fairfax, Va.): Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Villanova
Texas Roadhouse Border Battle (Louisville, Ky.): Louisville, Notre Dame
Lee Calhoun Invitational (Macomb, Ill.): Marquette
George Davis Invitational (Lowell, Mass.): Providence
Scarlet Knights Invitational (Piscataway, N.J.): Rutgers
Cornell Spring Invitational (Ithaca, N.Y.): Syracuse
 
Women:
Miami Invitational (Oxford, Ohio): Cincinnati
Texas Relays (Austin, Texas): USF, West Virginia
UConn All-Region Invitational (Storrs, Conn.): Connecticut
Sun Angel Classic (Tempe, Ariz.): DePaul (split squad), Syracuse
Chicagoland Classic (Chicago, Ill.): DePaul (split squad)
Mason Spring Invitational (Fairfax, Va.): Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Villanova
Texas Roadhouse Border Battle (Louisville, Ky.): Louisville, Notre Dame
Lee Calhoun Invitational (Macomb, Ill.): Marquette
George Davis Invitational (Lowell, Mass.): Providence
Scarlet Knights Invitational (Piscataway, N.J.): Rutgers, St. John's
Cornell Spring Invitational (Ithaca, N.Y.): Syracuse
Bennie Benson Invitational: West Virginia
 
Men:
Cincinnati: The Bearcats hosted the Oliver Nikoloff Open on April 1-2 where the squad took the team title. Cincinnati junior Eric Finan set a school record in the 10,000-meter run, breaking the 30-minute mark with a time of 29:37.29. The team finished 15 points ahead of Miami for the team title while BIG EAST rival Marquette was third.
 
The Bearcats are next at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational on April 8-9.
 
Connecticut: Connecticut competed at the LSU Invitational on April 2 in Baton Rouge, La. The Huskies were led by junior Mike Alleman who won the shot put with a throw of 17.23 meters. Junior Scott Johnson and freshman Noel James each recorded a second place finish for UConn, as Johnson placed second in the 3000-meter steeplechase and James placed second in the high jump. Johnson posted a time of 9:09.45, which marked his best time in the event in the last two seasons. James cleared a height of 2.05 meters in the high jump, marking his second top-two finish during the outdoor season.
 
The Huskies participate in the Texas Relays beginning on April 6. The team then hosts the Husky Spring Invite on April.
 
DePaul: The Blue Demons competed in the Mike Poehlien Invitational on April 2. Senior Luke Rygh had the best performance at the meet, taking fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:12.88. Sophomore Max Clink placed seventh in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:55.92.
 
The Blue Demons will split the squad this weekend. The team will compete in both the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz., and the Chicagoland Classic in Chicago, Ill., on April 8-9.
 
Georgetown: Georgetown competed at the Colonial Relays and the 2011 Pepsi Florida Relays on April 2-3. At the Colonial Relays, the 4x800-meter relay team was able to take third, finishing in a time of 7:38.93. The team featured Billy Ledder, Brian Hancke, Marx Darrah and Dan Leyh. The distance medley relay team grabbed fifth, crossing in a time of 10:01.33. The team included Andrew Springer, John Maloy, Brian Manning and William Ahearn.
 
GU next competes at the Mason Spring Invitational on April 9.
 
Louisville:  The Cardinals split squads last weekend, with the throwers competing at the Pepsi Florida Relays and the rest of the team competing at the Mike Poehlein Invitational. At the Mike Poehlein Invitational, sophomore Marcellus Hobbs finished third in the 400-meter run, completing the race in 49.32 seconds. Sophomore Jordon Frazier took second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.99.
 
At the Pepsi Florida Relays, senior Weston Banks tossed a season-best mark of 48.22 meters in the discus, placing him ninth.
 
Louisville hosts the Texas Roadhouse Border Battle on April 9.

Marquette:
The Golden Eagles competed at the Oliver Nikoloff Open on April 2. Marquette placed third in the team standings behind junior Tyler O'Brien's two event victories. O'Brien finished first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.58 and the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.28. Marquette also got wins in events from senior Nick Szczech (5,000 meters), sophomore Kyle Winter (800 meters) and Bret Hardin (discus).

The Golden Eagles are back in action on April 8 at the Lee Calhoun Invitational in Macomb, Ill.

Notre Dame:
Notre Dame competed at the Mike Poehlein Invitational on April 1-2. The Irish picked up 10 individual first-place finishes, including Doug Onuscheck, who won the high jump after clearing a height of 1.95 meters. Edward Hitchler was able to grab first in the 400-meter dash, while Logan Renwick was first in the triple jump.
 
The Irish compete at the Louisville Border Battle on April 9.
 
Pittsburgh:Pitt placed four athletes at the Colonial Relays in on April 2. The squad finished with 14 points, tying them for 21st overall at the meet. Junior Dontave Cowsette notched a third place finish in the 800-meter run while fellow junior Jermaine Lowery raced to a third place finish in the 400-meter hurdles. Cowsette stopped the clock at 1:50.48, his best performance in the outdoor season thus far. Lowery, competing for the first time this season in the 400M hurdles, crossed the finish line at 52.57.

Senior Garrett Larkin grabbed fifth-place honors in the shot put. Larkin's first attempt sailed 15.09m. Sophomore Josiah Rupert rounded out the top four scorers for the Panthers with an eighth-place finish in the javelin throw. Rupert's toss sailed 53.96m.

Pitt next competes at the Mason Spring Invitational on April 9.
 
Providence: The Friars competed in the Bryant University Tri-Meet with Stony Brook and Bryant on March 29 and at the Bryant Invitational on April 2, against 15 other collegiate programs and several club programs.

Freshman Patrick Bowler qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the javelin, earning a mark off 55.56 meters at the Bryant Invitational. Sophomores Ahmed Ali and Eric Malnati placed 1-2 in the 5,000 meters at Saturday's Invitational, crossing the line in 15:23.79 and 15:35.49, respectively.

In the 400 meters, freshman Nik Andrews closed in on the BIG EAST standard, falling just .43 seconds shy with a personal-best posting of 49.47. Freshman Alex Wallace also performed well in his spring debut, completing the 800-meter run in 1:57.58.  

The Friars will compete again in the George Davis Invitational on April 9, in Lowell, Mass.

Rutgers: Rutgers competed at the Colonial Relays on April 1-2 where the team placed fifth of 37 teams. Sophomore James Plummerearned his second victory this season with a win in the discus throw (58.09m) to lead the Scarlet Knights to a fifth place finish overall.  Plummer also claimed second place honors in the shot put with a season-best throw of 15.16 meters.

Senior Jeremy Penninoled the trio of javelin throwers with a third-place showing (62.63m) while senior Nick Crosta placed fifth (57.09m) and senior Chris Bradleyfinished sixth with a throw of 56.93 meters.
Junior Adam Bergosaw success in the triple jump as he leaped 14.83 meters for a second-place finish.  Sophomore Glenn Scheidelercleared a height of 1.99 meters to claim sixth place in the high jump.

Rutgers hosts the Scarlet Knights Invitational on April 9.

USF:
The Bulls hosted the USF Collegiate Invitational on April 1 where the team posted 17 BIG EAST marks and five personal bests.
Senior Antillio Bastian impressed in the sprints as he posted a BIG EAST qualifying mark and personal record, finishing the race in 10.49, placing first. Bastian also achieved a personal best in the long jump after a leap of 23-08.75.

Sophomore Neaman Wise took first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.79 and freshman Camilo Calderon placed second with a time of 53.02, which was good for a personal best. Other top performers on the men's side were Shane Lewis, who set a personal best in the triple jump with a leap of 50-2 and Pascal Orelus, who finished second in the 400-meter dash after running a 47.84.

The Bulls will travel to Austin, Texas, for their next meet where they will take part in Texas Relays on April 6-9.
 
Syracuse:  Syracuse competed at the Princeton Sam Howell Invitational on April 1-2. Two members of the Orange squad recorded BIG EAST-qualifying times. Junior Mark Melilli was SU's highest finisher, taking third place in the javelin with a BIG EAST-qualifying mark of 57.15 meters. Senior Kwaku Boah met conference standards in the shot put with a throw of 15.12 meters, earning him a fifth-place finish.
 
The Orange will be back in action on April 8 and 9 with members of its squad competing in the ASU Sun Angel in Tempe, Ariz., and the Cornell Spring Invite in Ithaca, N.Y.
 
Villanova: Villanova finished third as a team at the Colonial Relays on April 1-2. Over two days of competition the Wildcats amassed 60 points and finished third in the field of 36 schools.
 
Senior Robert Sainvil was the individual champion in the triple jump, classmate Hugo Beamish placed second in the 3,000 meters and Villanova also won the 4x400-meter relay.
 
Women:
Cincinnati: Cincinnati hosted the Oliver Nikoloff Open on April 1-2 where the Bearcats took the team title, finishing ahead of Dayton and Miami (Ohio). Senior Natasha Burse led the team with first-place finishes in both the 100 and 200-meter events. Burse set a school record in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 11.65 seconds. The senior almost set another record in the 200, crossing the line in 23.78 seconds, just .41 off the school-record mark.
 
The Bearcats are next at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational on April 8-9.
 
Connecticut:The Huskies were idle last week. The team next hosts the UConn All-Region Invitational on April 9.
 
DePaul: DePaul competed  at the Mike Poehlien Invitational on April 2. Sophomore Lindsey Holden had two top-five finishes, taking third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.57 and fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.60. Junior Toni Salvatore ran a time of 2:18.49 to place fifth in the 800-meter run.
 
The Blue Demons will split the squad this weekend. The team will compete in both the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz., and the Chicagoland Classic in Chicago, Ill., on April 8-9.
 
Georgetown: Georgetown competed at the Colonial Relays and the 2011 Pepsi Florida Relays on April 2-3. The Hoyas' 4x800-meter relay team set a meet record at the Colonial relays, placing first with a time of 8:45.80. The team included Shaniqua Dasilva, Emily Infeld, Rachel Schneider and Chelsea Cox.
 
GU next competes at the Mason Spring Invitational on April 9.
 
Louisville: The Cardinals split squads last weekend, with the throwers competing at the Pepsi Florida Relays and the rest of the team competing at the Mike Poehlein Invitational. Senior D'Ana McCarty led the throwers at the Pepsi Florida Relays with a pair of top-five finishes. McCarty won the shot put, recording a career-best mark of 16.25 meters. She then placed fifth in discus.
 
Sophomore Margret Harris and freshman Ahlivia Spencer placed second and third respectively in the 400-meter run at the Mike Poehlein Invitational.
 
Louisville hosts the Texas Roadhouse Border Battle on April 9.

Marquette:
The Golden Eagles competed at the Oliver Nikoloff Open on April 2. Marquette placed fourth as a team. Senior Alyssa Davis highlighted the weekend with a first-place finish in the triple jump. She had a personal-best leap of 12 meters.

The Golden Eagles are back in action on April 8 at the Lee Calhoun Invitational in Macomb, Ill.

Notre Dame:
Notre Dame competed at the Mike Poehlein Invitational on April 1-2. The Irish picked up 10 individual first-place finishes, including freshman Michelle Brown, who won the 400-meter dash in 55.51 and the 200-meter dash in 25.21.
 
The Irish compete at the Louisville Border Battle on April 9.
 
Pittsburgh:Pitt notched seven top-eight finishes at the Colonial Relays on April 1-2. Senior Da'Lynn Millsled the team with a first-place showing in the 100-meter dash. Mills crossed the finish line at 12.49, earning the Panthers 10 team points for her feat. The Panthers finished in 14th place of 40 teams, scoring 32 points.
 
Pitt next competes at the Mason Spring Invitational on April 9.
 
Providence: The Friars competed in the Bryant University Tri-Meet with Stony Brook and Bryant on March 29 and at the Bryant Invitational on April 2, against 15 other collegiate programs and several club programs.

Sophomore Christina Lavigne sailed to her fourth-best measure in the triple jump at Saturday's Invitational, landing at 11.14 meters, just .14 meters shy of qualifying for the BIG EAST Championships. Freshman Grace Thek ran well in her spring debut at the Bryant Tri-Meet, finishing the 3,000 meters in 9:53.41

The Friars will compete again in the George Davis Invitational on April 9, in Lowell, Mass.

Rutgers:
Rutgers competed at the Colonial Relays on April 1-2, where the team placed fifth of 42 teams.
Junior Brittni Rodriquez, freshman Tylia Gillon, senior Jamie Walker,and freshman Corryn Hurringtonfinished second in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 47.59. Junior Zainab Bisiolujoined the trio of Gillon, Rodriquez, and Walker to claim a second-place finish in the 4x200-meter relay (1:41.16).

Senior Courtney Sampleadded to the overall score with a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles.  Sample crossed the line with a season-best 1:03.94.  Bisiolu ran a time of 57.54 to finish sixth in the open 400-meter dash.
In the throws, senior Natalie Clickettclaimed third-place finishes in both the shot put and discus events.  Clickett tossed the discus 44.60 meters and the shot put 13.66 meters.

Rutgers hosts the Scarlet Knights Invitational on April 9.

St. John's:
St. John's compiled 11 top-five finishes at the Sam Howell Invitational on April 2.
Two Red Storm competitors, Stephanie Barnes and Angela Onye, qualified for the BIG EAST championships while Nicole Cocozza took first place in the 1,500 meter race.

Cocozza ran a 4:42.02 in the 1,500 meters to take first place while Michelle Duffy finished seventh in 4:54.85. Sophomore Alexis Bean and redshirt-sophomore Aryon Trujillo placed 11th and 12th in the race.

St. John's competes at the Scarlet Knights Invitational on April 9.

USF:
The Bulls hosted the USF Collegiate Invitational on April 1, where the team posted 26 BIG EAST-qualifying marks and 31 personal bests.
Sophomore Monique Williams set a personal best in the 100 meters, winning the event with a time of 11.99. She also won the long jump and finished second in the triple jump, setting BIG EAST-qualifying marks in both events.

Sophomore Ena Johnson won the 100-meter hurdles and finished second in the 400-meter hurdles. Both times were BIG EAST-qualifying marks. Sophomore Rachael James set two personal bests and BIG EAST-qualifying marks in the 200 and 400 meters, placing second in both events.

The pole vaulters had another strong performance on the women's side, taking the top three spots with Denise von Eynatten winning the event with a jump of 13-9.25, while seniors Stephanie Duffy and Dana Webb finished second and third, respectively.

The Bulls will travel to Austin, Texas, for their next meet where they will take part in Texas Relays on April 6-9.
 
Syracuse: Syracuse competed at the Princeton Sam Howell Invitational on April 1-2. In her first meet of the outdoor track and field season, freshman Michelle Riley took seventh in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:14.57.
 
The Orange will be back in action on April 8 and 9 with members of the squad competing in the ASU Sun Angel in Tempe, Ariz., and the Cornell Spring Invite in Ithaca, N.Y.
 
Villanova: The Wildcats captured the team title at the Colonial Relays on April 1-2. Junior Shericka Ward and freshman Samantha Francis were individual winners in the 100-meter hurdles and the triple jump, respectively, and Villanova also won the 4x400-meter relay.
 
Senior Ali Smith set the Zable Stadium and Colonial Relays record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in a time of 10:24.52, the third-fastest time in the East region.
 
Villanova will next run in the George Mason Spring Invite on April 9.
 
West Virginia: The Mountaineers competed at the Colonial Relays on April 1-2. Senior April Rotilion led WVU after placing first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.96 on the first day of competition. Freshman Chene Townsend had a fourth-place showing in the 100-meter hurdles on the final day.  
 
West Virginia will split squads this week as the team will race at the Texas Relays on April 6-9 and the RMU Bennie Benson Invitational on April 9.