Providence Takes Pair of BIG EAST Track and Field Honors

Benjamin Connor of Providence

Benjamin Connor of Providence

April 8, 2014

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NEW YORK – A pair from Providence swept the BIG EAST Track Athlete of the Week nods Tuesday, while Villanova and St. John’s split the weekly field awards.

Sophomores Benjamin Connor and Sarah Mary Collins of Providence were named the BIG EAST Men’s and Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, respectively. Villanova junior Elbert Maxwell claimed the Men’s Field Athlete of the Week honor, while St. John’s senior Danette Hinton captured her second straight Women’s Field Athlete of the Week citation.

BIG EAST Men’s Track Athlete of the Week
Connor placed sixth in the 10,000-meter run at the Stanford Invitational on Friday with a time of 29:18.62. It surpassed the IC4A standard for the spring outdoor season and placed him first in the BIG EAST and 31st nationally in the event so far.

BIG EAST Women’s Track Athlete of the Week
Collins completed Providence’s strong showing in the distance events at the Stanford Invitational last weekend. She finished seventh overall and was the top BIG EAST performer in the event with an ECAC-qualifying time of 15:31.03. It’s the second-best time in Friar history, tops in the BIG EAST this season and third in the nation.

BIG EAST Men’s Field Athlete of the Week
Maxwell captured one victory and one runner-up finish and came out of the weekend with the top distances in two events in the BIG EAST. He won the championship section of the long jump at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va., with a mark of 7.46 meters before adding a second-place showing in the high jump (2.09 meters). Both distances lead the conference so far. His long jump mark is 29th in the nation, while the high jump distance is 55th.



BIG EAST Women’s Field Athlete of the Week
DANETTE HINTON, ST. JOHN’S Sr., Peachtree City, Ga.
It’s another award for Hinton, who won recognition last week for her performance in the hammer throw. She did it again over the weekend at the Sam Howell Invite in Princeton, N.J., taking third with a toss of 56.33 meters. She improves upon her distance and remains sixth in Red Storm history while retaining her hold on the top spot in the BIG EAST. Her distance sits 59th in Division I.

BIG EAST Notebook

• DePaul senior Matt Babicz won both the shot put (18.59m) and the discus (46.85m) at the Marquette Duals over the weekend. His shot put performance is tops in the BIG EAST and 19th nationally, while the discus toss is second in the conference.

• DePaul junior Jackie Kasal, won the 1,500 meters at the Marquette Duals on Friday with a time of 4:56.33 for her first win of the outdoor season.

• Xavier’s Tom Ohlman won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Miami Invitational in 9:13.89 to move up to fourth in the BIG EAST.

• Mercedes Oliver of Xavier set a school record with a distance of 44.62 meters in the hammer throw to take fifth at the Miami Invitational. She added a personal-best 13.22 meters in the shot put to tie for second in the BIG EAST so far.

• St. John’s LaTasha Collins won both of her heats at the Sam Howell Invite, taking sixth overall in the 100-meter dash in 12.29 and 12th in the 200 in 25.28, both personal bests.

• Villanova’s Emily Lipari opened the outdoor season by winning the 1,500 meters at the Sam Howell Invitational in 4:20.35. She owns the fastest time in the BIG EAST and sits fourth in the nation. The Wildcats finished 1-2-3-5 in the event.

• Victoria Profit, also of Villanova, won the triple jump at the Colonial Relays with a personal-record 11.95 meters.

• Marquette freshman John Krzyszkowski bettered his own program record with a toss of 63.32 meters to win the men’s javelin at the Marquette Duals. He owns the best mark in the conference and is 63rd nationally.

• Marquette junior Samantha Kennedy won the women’s javelin at the Marquette Duals with a distance of 28.93 meters, just shy of her season best (33.34m). Her 55.57-meter toss in the hammer throw won the event at the duals and settles in second in the BIG EAST behind St. John’s Danette Hinton and fourth in school history.