BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Weekly Notebook - April 12

Providence, R.I. - The BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field season seems like it just started and yet we're already halfway done. Just three week of competition remain before the 2011 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships are held at Jumbo Elliott Track at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa., on May 6-8. The BIG EAST's complete top performances list can be accessed at www.directathletics.com.
 
Where they will be this week...
Men:
All-Ohio Championships, April 15-16 (Cincinnati, Ohio): Cincinnati
Hurricane Alumni Invitational, April 16 (Miami, Fla.): Connecticut, Villanova
Brown Invitational, April 16 (Providence, R.I.): Connecticut
DePaul Invitational, April 16 (Chicago, Ill.): DePaul, Marquette
Mt. SAC Relays, April 15-16 (Walnut, Calif.): Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Villanova
Sea Ray Relays, April 13-16 (Knoxville, Tenn.): Louisville, Pittsburgh
Kansas Relays, April 14-15 (Lawrence, Kan.): Notre Dame
Dave Rankin Invitational, April 15-16 (West Lafayette, Ind.): Notre Dame
Bison Invitational, April 16 (Lewisburg, Pa.): Pittsburgh
Metropolitan Championships, April 15 (Piscataway, N.J.): Rutgers
Auburn War Eagle Invitational, April 15-16 (Auburn, Ala.): Syracuse
Kent Taylor-Joe Hilton Carolina Invitational, April 16 (Chapel Hill, N.C.): Syracuse
Idle: USF
 
Women:
All-Ohio Championships, April 15-16 (Cincinnati, Ohio): Cincinnati
Mt. SAC Relays, April 15-16 (Walnut, Calif.): Connecticut, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Providence, Villanova
UTech International Invitational, April 16 (Kingston, Jamaica): Connecticut
DePaul Invitational, April 16 (Chicago, Ill.): DePaul, Marquette
Sea Ray Relays, April 13-16 (Knoxville, Tenn.): Louisville, Pittsburgh
Kansas Relays, April 14-15 (Lawrence, Kan.): Notre Dame
Dave Rankin Invitational, April 15-16 (West Lafayette, Ind.): Notre Dame
Bison Invitational, April 16 (Lewisburg, Pa.): Pittsburgh
Metropolitan Championships, April 15 (Piscataway, N.J.): Rutgers, St. John's
Hurricane Alumni Invitational, April 16 (Miami, Fla.): Villanova
Auburn War Eagle Invitational, April 15-16 (Auburn, Ala.): Syracuse
Kent Taylor-Joe Hilton Carolina Invitational, April 16 (Chapel Hill, N.C.): Syracuse
Bennie Benson Invitational, April 16 (Pittsburgh, Pa.): West Virginia
Idle: USF
 
Men:
Cincinnati: The UC men's team scored 71 points to place fifth at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational on April 9. Miami (Ohio) finished first in the men's division with a score of 116.
 
Junior hurdler Terrence Somerville set a personal record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.93, which ranks first in the BIG EAST and 18th in the NCAA this season. Three different Bearcats finished fourth in five separate events despite setting season-best marks. Senior Chase VanCura placed fourth in the 200 and 400-meter dash events with times of 22.05 and 48.45.
 
In the 1,500-meter run, junior Michael Rutherford a season-best time that placed him fourth, finishing in 3:49.19. Junior Oliver Book ran the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:22.37.
 
The Bearcats host the All-Ohio Championships on April 15-16 at Gettler Stadium.
 
Connecticut: Eight Huskies brought home first-place finishes at the Husky Spring Invitational on April 9. Four Huskies won individual titles in track events with four others winning field events. Seven UConn athletes posted IC4A-qualifying marks during the meet, giving the team a total of 16 IC4A qualifiers during the outdoor season.
 
The 4x100-meter relay team of Jesse Drinks, Darnell Cummings, Tyrone Faverey and Kevin Smith posted the first IC4A-qualifying time in a relay event this season, winning the race in 41.52 seconds.
 
The Huskies will compete at both the Hurricane Alumni Invitational and the Brown Invitational this weekend. Both meets will take place on April 16.
 
DePaul: DePaul competed at both the Sun Angel Track Classic and the Chicagoland Championships last weekend. The Blue Demons were led at the Sun Angel Classic by junior Tim Nedow, who won the discus with a toss of 53.47 meters. At the Chicagoland Championships, Ian Sanchez and Zack Gaskell were the top finishers for the Blue Demons. Sanchez finished sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.89 and Gaskell finished in fifth in the high jump with a leap of 1.86 meters.
 
The Blue Demons host the DePaul Invitational on April 16.
 
Georgetown:The Hoyas stayed local, traveling less than 20 miles to George Mason University for the Mason Spring Invitational in Fairfax, Va. Toby Ulm took the crown in the men's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.99. Andrew Springer ran a strong time in the 1,500-meter run, timing in at 3:46.04. In the relays, the Hoyas took the top spot in the 4x100-meter relay.

The Hoyas will travel to Walnut, Calif., on April 15-16 for the Mt. SAC Relays.
 
Louisville: Louisville hosted the Texas Roadhouse Border Battle last weekend, where the Cardinals posted six first-place finishes. Senior Matt Hughes highlighted the performances for Louisville, cruising to victory in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:52.98. He finished nearly six seconds ahead his closest competitors and notched the fourth-fastest time in the nation this season.
 
Other Cardinals earning first-place finishes included Weston Banks (shot put), Josh Greenwald (discus), Michael Edwards (high jump), Tyler Byrne (5,000 meters) and Jordon Frazier (400-meter hurdles).
 
Louisville next competes at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., April 13-16.

Marquette:  The Golden Eagles finished seventh at the Lee Calhoun Invitational last weekend. Senior Tyler O'Brien and sophomore Kyle Winter finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 400-meter dash. O'Brien's time of 48.30 seconds is the No. 6 time in school history, while Winter's mark of 48.62 seconds is the eighth-best time at Marquette.

Marquette returns to action at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 15-16 and the DePaul Invitational on April 16.

Notre Dame:The Irish competed at the Louisville Border Battle last weekend, where Notre Dame combined with Indiana to beat Louisville and Kentucky by a score of 103-96. Four Irish athletes finished in first at the meet including Justin Schneider (javelin), Andrew Hills (hammer throw), Kevin Schipper (pole vault) and Jeremy Rae (800 meters).

The Irish are split between three different meets this weekend. The team will compete at the Kansas Relays on April 14-15, The Mt. SAC Relays on April 14-16 and the Dave Rankin Invitational on April 15-16.

Pittsburgh:Pitt recorded 17 top-eight finishes, including three top-three times last weekend at the Mason Invitational in Fairfax, Va.

The Panthers' relay team of sophomore Tashaun Hill, junior Kevin Wilbank, freshman Daniel O'Toole and sophomore Caleb Matthews crossed the finish line third in the 4x100 relay with a time of 43.99 seconds. The race marked the first time the four sprinters ran together this season. Hill also competed in the 100-meter dash and 110-meter hurdles, finishing in second (11.39 seconds) and third (14.57 seconds), respectively.

Junior Folarin Ijelu registered a third-place finish in the triple jump, leaping 14.65 meters. Sophomore Wesley Washington set a career best of 3:57.27 in the 1,500-meter run to finish sixth.

In the pole vault, sophomore Bradley Rocco cleared a height of 4.00 meters, a career best, and earning a top-10 finish.

The men's team will be back in action this weekend when it sends representatives to the Bison Classic in Lewisburg, Pa., and the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. Both meets begin on April 15.
 
Providence:The Friars competed at the George Davis Invitational last weekend. Freshman Alex Wallace earned first place in the 800 meters, crossing the line in 1:55.14. Junior Matt Terry ran a personal best in the 5,000 meters in 15:14.23 to place second. Seniors Brian Stannard (22.75 in the 200) and Phil Connaughton (6.88 meters in the long jump) also earned top-three finishes.

The 4 x 400-meter relay team of freshman Nik Andrews, freshman Chris Booker, senior Thomas Manglaviti and Stannard took second in a time of 3:24.82.

The Friars will compete at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., on April 15-16.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights hosted the Rutgers Invitational last weekend. Freshman Karon Purcell and senior Jon Carlson ran 1:54.94 and 1:55.00 to finish first and second, respectively, in the 800-meter dash. Junior Kevin Brown, freshman Corey Caidenhead, Purcell, and junior Aaron Younger combined to claim third-place honors in the 4x400-meter relay (3:20.71).

Leading the way in the field events were senior Tyrone Putman, who finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 14.25 meters, and senior Nick Sancilio, who lso claimed second-place honors in the javelin (56.53 meters).

Rutgers hosts the 2011 Metropolitan Championships on April 15.

USF:  Eleven members of the University of South Florida track and field team traveled to Austin, Texas last week for the 84th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. The meet is one of the biggest in the country featuring some of the top athletes from the high school, collegiate and professional ranks. The Bulls posted 12 BIG EAST-qualifying marks and set two personal bests.

Junior Jared Thomas finished eighth in section A of the discus with a throw of 179 feet. Freshman Shane Lewis finished 12th in section B of the triple jump with a BIG EAST-qualifying mark of 48-7.25 feet.

In the 400-meter hurdles, freshman Camilo Calderon ran a BIG EAST-qualifying mark of 52.7. Junior David Aristil also posted a BIG EAST-qualifying mark with a time of 55.20.

The Bulls are idle this week. The team next heads to Baton Rouge, La., where USF will compete in the LSU Alumni Gold meet on April 22-23.
 
Syracuse:  Syracuse competed at the Arizona State Sun Angel Classic and the Cornell Spring Invitational last week. In Arizona, junior Ieva Staponkute took second in the triple jump with a BIG EAST and ECAC-qualifying leap of 12.12 meters. Sophomore Frank Taylor won his flight in the long jump and went on to place eighth overall with a personal-best, BIG EAST and IC4A-qualifying leap of 7.11 meters, which ranks ninth in the conference. Junior Mark Melilli moved into fifth in the conference in the javelin with his BIG EAST and IC4A qualifying throw of 61.20 meters.
 
The Orange will be back in action on April 15 and 16 with members of its squad competing in the Auburn War Eagle Invitational and the Kent Taylor-Joe Hilton Carolina Invitational.
 
Villanova: Villanova's 4x400 relay team of sophomore Carlton Bowers, freshman Samuel Ellison, senior Stefan Goodridge and sophomore Nicoy Hines finished first with a time of 3:13.66 at the George Mason Spring Invite last weekend.
 
Junior thrower Frank Anuszewski (hammer throw) and senior Robert Sainvil (triple jump) also had top-five finishes.
 
The Wildcats will split groups between the Miami Alumni Invitational and the Mt. SAC Relays on April 16.
 
Women:
Cincinnati: Cincinnati placed second at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational on April 9 after earning 105 points. Host Miami (Ohio) won the meet with 111 points.
 
Junior Aricka Rhodes won the 400 meters in 54.18 seconds, the second-fastest time in the BIG EAST this season. Rhodes also ran the anchor leg on the 4x100-meters relay, leading the Bearcats to first place with a time of 45.94. Natasha Burse finished the 100-meter dash in 11.94 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 24.19 seconds, both good for first-place finishes. Freshman Kaitlyn Good recorded a season best of 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump to give the Bearcats another first-place finish. Junior Michelle Eby placed first in the pole vault after clearing a height of 13 feet, 1.5 inches.
 
UC next host the All-Ohio Championships on April 15-16 at Gettler Stadium.
 
Connecticut:Connecticut hosted the UConn All-Region Invitational on April 9 and also celebrated senior day. UConn honored seniors Caitlin Cannon, Brittany Heninger, Coleen Hepburn, Christine Meagher, Olga Ponamorenko, Samantha Willis, Leah Andrianos, Tynisha McMillian and Trisha-Ann Hawthorne.
 
Hawthorne led a strong day for the Huskies, claiming first in both the 100 and 200-meter dash events, while also helping the 4x100-meter relay team to a first-place finish. Hawthorne notched the best time in the BIG EAST this season with a time of 11.31 in the 100-meter dash, and followed that with a time of 23.59 in the 200-meter dash.
 
Connecticut next competes at both the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., and the UTech International in Kingston, Jamaica. Both meets will be held on April 16.
 
DePaul: DePaul competed at both the Sun Angel Track Classic and the Chicagoland Championships last weekend. Junior Toni Salvatore led the Blue Demons at the Sun Angel Track Classic with a first-place finish in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:33.18. Senior Mary Cate Quiett also ran a strong race, placing fifth in the 800-meter run with a season-best time of 2:07.70.
 
The Blue Demons host the DePaul Invitational on April 16.
 
Georgetown:The Hoyas stayed local, traveling less than 20 miles to George Mason University for the Mason Spring Invitational in Fairfax, Va. Georgetown's middle distance was highlighted with three-time All-American Renee Tomlin's winning the 800-meter run and leading a quintet of Hoya runners with a time of 2:06.72. In the relays, the Hoyas took the top spot in the 4x400-meter relay.

The Hoyas will travel to Walnut, Calif., on April 15-16 for the Mt. SAC Relays.
 
Louisville: Louisville hosted the Texas Roadhouse Border Battle last weekend, where the Cardinals posted six first-place finishes. Sophomore Chelsea Brown recorded her first victory of the outdoor season, winning the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:00.14. Charachesicia Lockhart also notched a win in the long jump with a leap of 6.06 meters. D'Ana McCarty continued her success in the hammer throw with with a season-best toss of 58.10 meters.
 
Jenna Wargo (javelin), Saravia Richardson (100 meters) and Margret Harris (200 meters) all notched victories as well.
 
Louisville next competes at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., April 13-16.

Marquette: The Golden Eagles finished third in the 12-team field at the Lee Calhoun Invitational last weekend. Sophomore Melissa Budelier picked up the lone event victory for Marquette with a time of 11:58.38 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

In the women's 400-meter dash, freshman Kate Hein paced Marquette's runners with a fourth-place finish in 56.88 seconds. Hein's time is the No. 4 time in school history, while junior Stephanie Grant finished fifth in 57.08 seconds, also the fifth-best time at Marquette.

Marquette returns to action at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 15-16 and the DePaul Invitational on April 16.

Notre Dame:The Irish competed at the Louisville Border Battle last weekend, where Notre Dame combined with Indiana to beat Louisville and Kentucky by a score of 104-96. Three Irish athletes finished in first at the meet including Molly Hirt (5,000 meters), Rebecca Tracy (1,500 meters) and Nevada Sorenson (100-meter hurdles).

The Irish are split between three different meets this weekend. The team will compete at the Kansas Relays on April 14-15, The Mt. SAC Relays on April 14-16 and the Dave Rankin Invitational on April 15-16.

Pittsburgh:Pitt recorded 21 top-eight finishes, including five BIG EAST-qualifying times last weekend at the Mason Invitational.

The Panthers 4x100 relay team of sophomore Ashley Woodford, seniors Da'Lynn Mills and Lanesha Pugh, and junior Cambrya Jones set a school record and ECAC-qualifying time of 45.12 to win the event.

Woodford also won the 100-meter dash, crossing the line in 12.06 seconds. In the 200-meter dash, Jones not only won the event but also recorded a season best and ECAC-qualifying mark of 23.60.

The men's team will be back in action this weekend when it sends representatives to the Bison Classic in Lewisburg, Pa., and the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. Both meets begin on April 15.

Providence:The Friars competed at the George Davis Invitational last weekend. Junior Hannah Davidson cruised past the BIG EAST qualifying standard in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, winning the event with a time of 10:38.11.

Junior Charlotte Ffrench O'Carroll finished the 1,500-meters in 4:33.87, nearly five seconds better than the BIG EAST qualifying standard.

In the triple jump, sophomore Christina Lavigne also qualified for the conference championships, sailing to a personal best of 11.30 meters. Freshman Laura Nagel took top honors in the 3,000 meters, crossing the line in 9:35.38, nearly 28 seconds ahead of freshman Grace Thek in second place (10:03.23).

The Friars will compete again next weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights hosted the Rutgers Invitational last weekend. Senior captain Natalie Clickett was a double winner, tossing the notching a season-best throw of 14.10 meters in the shot winning the discus with a throw of 45.76 meters.  Junior Alex Kelly saw success in the javelin as she improved on her season-best with a third place performance (42.91 meters).

Freshman Emily Vargas leaped 5.52 meters to place third in the long jump. Sophomore Ekene Urbana took second in the triple jump with a season-best jump of 11.72 meters.

Junior Brittni Rodriguez ran 12.19 and senior Jamie Walker crossed the line in 12.26 for a 1-2 finish in the 100-meter dash. Junior Zainab Bisiolu took the 200-meter dash in 25.41, while senior Courtney Sample and freshman Vanessa Arientyl clocked in at 15.08 and 15.13, respectively, to claim first and second-place honors in the 100-meter hurdles.

Rutgers hosts the 2011 Metropolitan Championships on April 15.

St. John's: St. John's compiled top-five finishes in 12 different events at the Rutgers Invitational last weekend.

Sophomore Molly Ellis, the indoor BIG EAST champion in the 400 meters, led the team with a BIG EAST-qualifying time of 56.28 seconds to take first place in that event. She also came in third in the 200 meters with a time of 25.84.

Freshman Corrine Williams took third place in the 100-meter dash with a season-best time of 12.32 seconds, while also taking fourth place behind Ellis in the 200 meters (25.89). Senior Rene Cousins finished fifth in the 100 meters (12.41) and classmate Lauren Wynter took fourth in the 400 meters (57.43).

The Red Storm are at the Metropolitan Championships on April 15.

USF:Eleven members of the University of South Florida track and field team traveled to Austin, Texas last week for the 84th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. The meet is one of the biggest in the country featuring some of the top athletes from the high school, collegiate and professional ranks. The Bulls posted 12 BIG EAST-qualifying marks and set two personal bests.

Graduate student Denise von Eynatten continued her record-setting season by breaking her own school record in the outdoor pole vault with a jump of 14-1.25 feet. She finished fourth in the A section of the event. Von Eynatten holds both the indoor and outdoor records in the pole vault for USF.

Sophomore Monique Williams also set a personal record at the event after a leap of 19-8 in the long jump, which was good for first place in section B of the event. Williams also competed in section B of the triple jump, finishing eighth with a jump of 40-2.25.
The Bulls are idle this week. The team next heads to Baton Rouge, La., where the team will compete in the LSU Alumni Gold meet on April 22-23.
 
Syracuse: Syracuse competed at the Arizona State Sun Angel Classic and the Cornell Spring Invitational last week. At Cornell, SU took the top-five spots in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Senior Katie Hursey finished first with a BIG EAST and ECAC-qualifying time of 10:27.15, which currently ranks third in the conference.
 
The Orange will be back in action on April 15 and 16 with members of its squad competing in the Auburn War Eagle Invitational and the Kent Taylor-Joe Hilton Carolina Invitational.
 
Villanova: A trio of juniors in Shericka Ward, Christie Verdier and Julia Arduini all won individual events as Villanova competed in the George Mason Spring Invite. The Wildcats registered six finishes in first or second place.
 
Ward won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.74, while Verdier won the 400-meter run with a time of 54.64. Adruini rounded out the individual winners with a toss of 42.10 meters in the javelin.
 
The Wildcats will split groups between the Miami Alumni Invitational and the Mt. SAC Relays on April 16.
 
West Virginia: West Virginia competed in the Texas Relays last weekend where senior Chelsea Carrier set two school records to highlight the meet. Carrier won the pentathlon with a WVU record of 5,927 points, which is also the highest point total in the nation this season. The Buckhannon, W. Va., native also broke the school record in the 100-meter hurdles as part of the pentathlon, crossing the line in 13.04 seconds. The previous record was 13.20 seconds set by Pat Itanyi back in 1996.
 
West Virginia competes in the Bennie Benson Invitational on April 16.