April 17, 2014
NEW YORK – Experience once again dominated the BIG EAST Weekly Track and Field honors on Thursday as seniors swept all four awards. Four different schools earned awards, as DePaul, Georgetown, Providence and St. John’s had winners.
BIG EAST Men’s Track Athlete of the Week
BILLY LEDDER, GEORGETOWN Sr., Washington, D.C.
Ledder took fourth in the 800-meter run in 1:48.01 at the George Mason Invitational last weekend. His time is 11th in the nation in Division I and takes over the top spot in the BIG EAST. It was also a personal best for the senior as well as a top-15 time in Hoya history.
BIG EAST Women’s Track Athlete of the Week
LAURA NAGEL, PROVIDENCE Sr., Napier, New Zealand
Nagel won the 1,500 meters at the Friar Invitational last weekend with a time of 4:20.86, a personal best and an ECAC-qualifying time. Her time was the best in the BIG EAST in the event over the weekend and puts her 24th in the nation and third in the conference this spring.
BIG EAST Men’s Field Athlete of the Week
MATT BABICZ, DePAUL Sr., Mt. Prospect, Ill.
Babicz tossed a personal-best 19.09 meters while competing in the Premiere Division of the men’s shot put at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz. He moves up to No. 13 in Division I and is first in the BIG EAST.
BIG EAST Women’s Field Athlete of the Week
DANETTE HINTON, ST. JOHN’S Sr., Peachtree City, Ga.
Hinton claims her third straight weekly award from the BIG EAST after improving upon her hammer throw – again – this season. She set another new personal best in the hammer with a distance of 56.35 meters at the Princeton Quad. Hinton remains No. 1 in the BIG EAST and 68th nationally.
BIG EAST Notebook
• Georgetown junior Andrea Keklak finished third in the 1,500 meters at the George Mason Invitational in 4:22.60, giving her the sixth-fastest time in the BIG EAST this spring.
• In addition to Babicz’s strong performance, DePaul as a whole put on a good showing in Tempe. MaShayla Kirksy won the open division long jump in a personal-best 5.94 meters, Jackie Kasal took fourth in the 800 meters in 2:08.52 and Mac Melto was second in the 400-meter dash in 46.94.
• Marquette’s Carlye Schuh won both the 200-meter dash and long jump at the Lee Calhoun Invitational to help the Golden Eagles take first in the scored meet. She won the 200 in 25.81 and went 5.94 meters in the long jump. Schuh and Kirsky are tied for first in the BIG EAST in the long jump.
• Marquette’s William Koeck broke his own program record at the Lee Calhoun Invite in the hammer throw with a distance of 60.84 meters. He’s 56th in the nation and tops in the BIG EAST.
• St. John’s Corinne Williams was a double winner at the Princeton Quad, taking the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Both of her winning times were season bests.
• Butler’s Kirsty Legg won the women’s 800 meters at the Illinois Twilight Meet in 2:10.26, besting a field of 26.