BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Weekly Notebook - April 21

Providence, R.I. -The BIG EAST saw some of its best performances of the season last week as teams continue to prepare for the 2011 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The 2011 championships will be held at Jumbo Elliott Track at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa., on May 6-8. = Where they will be this week... Men: Hoosier Invitational, April 22-23 (Bloomington, Ind.): Cincinnati, Marquette vs. Albany, April 23 (Albany, N.Y.): Connecticut Larry Ellis Invitational, April 23 (Princeton, N.J.): Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Villanova Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational, April 22 (Louisville, Ky.): Louisville Legacy Track Meet, April 22-23 (Baltimore, Md.): Pittsburgh Cornell Upstate Challenge, April 23 (Ithaca, N.Y.): Syracuse Widener Invitational, April 22-23 (Chester, Pa.): Villanova LSU Alumni Gold Meet, April 22-23 (Baton Rouge, La.): USF Idle: DePaul, Notre Dame, Providence Women: Hoosier Invitational, April 22-23 (Bloomington, Ind.): Cincinnati, Marquette Larry Ellis Invitational, April 23 (Princeton, N.J.): Connecticut, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Villanova Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational, April 22 (Louisville, Ky.): Louisville Larry Ellis Invitational, April 23 (Princeton, N.J.): Pittsburgh, Rutgers Cornell Upstate Challenge, April 23 (Ithaca, N.Y.): Syracuse Widener Invitational, April 22-23 (Chester, Pa.): Villanova Jesse Owens Track Classic, April 23-24 (Columbus, Ohio): West Virginia LSU Alumni Gold Meet, April 22-23 (Baton Rouge, La.): USF Idle: DePaul, Notre Dame, Providence, St. John's Men: Cincinnati: Cincinnati hosted the All-Ohio Championships last week. The Bearcats had impressive performances on the track from senior Eric Finan and junior Terrence Somerville. Finan won both the 1,500-meter run (3.53.68) and the 5,000-meter run (14:27.03). Somerville notched the fastest time in the BIG EAST this season in the 110-meter hurdles. He won the event in a time of 13.90, which ranks 24th in the country. UC next competes at the Hoosier Invitational on April 22-23 in Bloomington, Ind. Connecticut:Six Huskies posted victories last weekend at the Brown and Hurricane Alumni Invites last week, led by Aaron King who recorded two victories in the long jump and the discus. Mike Rutt marked his first 800 meter victory of the outdoor season, winning the race with a time of 1:50.34 at the Hurricane Alumni Invite. Ten Huskies recorded IC4A Qualifying marks over the weekend, including five who set their first qualifying marks of the outdoor season. UConn will next take on Albany in its first dual meet of the season. "The Dog Fight" will begin at noon on April 23. DePaul: DePaul hosted the DePaul Invitational last week. Tim Nedow collected two first-place finishes in throwing events, winning both the discus and the shot put. Nedow had a toss of 52.11 meters to win the discus, and a throw of 17.46 meters to take the shot put. Edin Pasalic, Tonderai Tom and Matt Graham each had first-place finishes as well. Graham won the 5,000 meter-run, Tomu won the 200-meter dash and Pasalic took the 400-meter run. The Blue Demons next compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa on April 28. Georgetown:The men's distance program traveled to Walnut, Calif., for the Mt. SAC Relays as the sprinters took a weekend off. T.C. Lumbar highlighted the performances with a 29:43.07 in the men's 10,000-meter run in the Olympic development section. Andrew Springer had another strong week as he ran a 14:01.53 in the A section of the men's open 5,000-meter run. The Hoyas will travel to Princeton, N.J., for the Larry Ellis Invitational next weekend. Louisville: The Cardinals competed at the Sea Ray Relays and Mt. SAC Relays last week. The team had strong showings at both meets, especially from Mattias Wolter and Kyle Gann. Wolter finished eighth in the steeplechase at the Mt. SAC Relays, finishing in a time of 8:51.92, the fastest time in the BIG EAST this season. Gann won the pole vault at the Sea Ray Relays, clearing a height of 5.05 meters to break the school record. Louisville hosts the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational on April 22. Marquette: The Golden Eagles competed at the DePaul Invitational and the VS Athletics Beach Invitational last weekend. Jonathan Kusowski set a personal best in the hammer throw with a toss of 56.69 meters, the second-best throw in Marquette history and the fourth-best toss in the BIG EAST this season. Tyler O'Brien ran the second-fastest time of his career in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 21.26 seconds, the second-fastest time in the conference this year. The Golden Eagles are at the Polytan Invitational on April 22 in Bloomington, Ind. Notre Dame:Members of the University of Notre Dame track and field team held competition in three different meets in the span of three days. Senior Daniel Jackson ran the 10,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday in Walnut, Calif., while members of the thrower squad competed at the Azusa Pacific Invitational Friday, before concluding weekend competition at the Mt. SAC Relays and the Long Beach State Invitational Saturday. Jackson recorded a time of 29:28.61 in the 10,000, placing fifth at the Mt. SAC Relays and first of the BIG EAST competitors. The Irish are idle this week before competing at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa on April 29. Pittsburgh:Pitt competed at both the Sea Ray Relays and the Bison Classic this past weekend. At the conclusion of the competitions, two Panthers set career best marks while seven placed. At the Sea Ray Relays, the men's squad was highlighted by the hurdlers and relay teams. Sophomore Tashaun Hill set a career best in the 110-meter hurdles, stopping the clock at 14.26. The mark earned him a sixth-place finish and the fifth-best time by a collegiate participant. At the Bison Classic on the campus of Bucknell, three individuals placed,including junior Idris Kasumu (100M dash), sophomore Josiah Rupert (javelin) and senior Garrett Larkin (shot put). The Panthers return to action this upcoming week when the team sends members to both the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton, N.J. and the Legacy Track Meet in Baltimore, Md., on April 22-23. Providence:Four Friars qualified for the BIG EAST Championships with their performances at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif. Junior Julian Matthews placed ninth in the elite division of the 1500-meters, crossing in 3:41.72, while freshman Alex Wallace completed the 1,500 by posting a 3:48.01. Junior David McCarthy made his 2011 outdoor debut with a 5,000-meter time of 14:04.04. Sophomore Ahmed Ali set a new personal record in the 10,000 with a clocking of 30:22.29. Providence runs again at the Penn Relays, April 28-30. Rutgers: Rutgers finished second at the 2011 Metropolitan Outdoor Championships last week at the Bauer Track and Field Complex. The Scarlet Knights had a strong showing in the field events as seniors Jeremy Penninoand Chris Bradleyfinished first and third in the javelin with throws of 61.66 meters and 57.14 meters, respectively. Junior James Plummer claimed first-place honors in the discus (50.30 meters) and took second in the shot put with a throw of 15.71 meters. On the track, freshman Corey Caidenheadcrossed the line in 50.60 for a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash. Junior Steve Wernerfinished third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.14. Senior Jon Karlssonfinished second in the 800-meter dash (1:57.75) while freshman Karon Purcellclocked in at 1:59.07 to finish third. Junior Ben Forrestadded to the point total as he ran 4:10.95 to finish third in the 1,500-meter run. The Scarlet Knights will resume action April 22 at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton. USF: The Bulls were idle last week. In their last meet, eleven members of the team traveled to Austin, Texas 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 team next heads to Baton Rouge, La., where USF will compete in the LSU Alumni Gold meet on April 22-23. Syracuse: Syracuse competed in the Auburn War Eagle Invitational and the Kent Taylor-Joe Hilton UNC Invitational on April 16. Five more members of the squad joined SU's list of student-athletes who have qualified for the BIG EAST Championships, which now includes 33 names. Freshman Donald Pollitt ran his way to a sixth place finish in the 100-meter hurdles at the Auburn War Eagle Invitational and ranks third overall in the BIG EAST. The Orange will be back in action on April 22 and 23 at the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational and the Cornell Upstate Challenge. Villanova: Members of the Villanova squad competed in one of two meets on Saturday, the Hurricane Alumni Invitational hosted by Miami as well as the Delaware State Invitational. Both meets produced some strong results for the Wildcats, who had success in both running and field events during the weekend. In the Hurricane Alumni Invitational at Cobb Stadium, senior Robert Sainvil came in second in the triple jump with a distance of 14.06 meters. He had the top overall individual finish of the meet for Villanova on a day where the running events were delayed for several hours due to inclement weather. The competition in Miami featured top collegiate teams as well as unattached runners and a number of athletic club runners. Villanova competes at the Larry Ellis Invitational and Widener Invitational on April 22-23. Women: Cincinnati: The Bearcats won the All-Ohio Championships last week, totaling 191 points. The team notched 10 total event titles including three from senior Natasha Burse. Burse won the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and was a member of the 4x100-meter relay team that took first. UC next competes at the Hoosier Invitational on April 22-23 in Bloomington, Ind. Connecticut:A small contingent of UConn student-athletes traveled to Kingston, Jamaica and competed in the UTech International Invitational. Senior All-American Trisha-Ann Hawthorne took third in a 200 meter field that featured the Olympic and World 100-meter Champion and the Olympic and World 400m Silver Medalist. Hawthorne ran 23.66 and fell behind .97 seconds to Jamaican sprinting icon Shelly Fraser-Pryce. Fraser-Pryce, the reigning World and Olympic Champion in the 100 meter, set a world-leading time in the race as she ran 22.69 in the 200m. That time also set a new meet record. UConn competes at the Larry Ellis Invitational on April 23 in Princeton, N.J. DePaul: The Blue Demons hosted the DePaul Invitational last week. Alanna Kovacs and Lindsey Holden each had first-place finishes in their respective events. Holden won the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.80, while Kovacs smashed the DePaul school record in the javelin. Kovacs had a BIG EAST season-best toss of 54.88 meters. The Blue Demons are idle this week. The team next competes at the Drake Relays on April 28 in Des Moines, Iowa. Georgetown:The women's distance program made the trek to the Mt. SAC Relays, held in Walnut, Calif., while the GU sprinters took a weekend off. Emily Infeld ran a 4:12.04 in the elite invitational section of the women's 1,500-meter run. Her time ranks second in the country as GU's middle distance continues to stay strong nationally. The BIG EAST Conference owns the top-three times in the 1,500-meter run and runners for the Blue & Gray represent the second and third spot. Chelsea Cox, a freshman, ran the fastest outdoor 800-meter time this season by a GU student-athlete with a 2:05.17. Up next for the Blue & Gray is the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J. Louisville: The Cardinals competed at the Sea Ray Relays and Mt. SAC Relays last week. D'Ana McCarty stole the show at the Sea Ray Relays in the field events, notching BIG EAST season-best marks in the hammer throw (62.16 meters) and the discus (53.44). Her discus throw was also a career best. Saravia Richardson ran a time of 11.81 in the 100-meter dash to finish sixth in the event at the Mt. SAC Relays. Louisville hosts the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational on April 22. Marquette: The Golden Eagles competed at the DePaul Invitational and the VX Athletics Beach Invitational last week. Three Golden Eagles recorded personal bests, including freshman sprinter Gretchen Homan, who notched a time of 56.87 seconds in the 400-meter dash to move into fourth-place on Marquette's all-time list. Classmate Sarah Ball also notched a personal best, finishing the 800-meter run with a time of 2:14.15. Junior Jenny Zahn improved upon her No. 4 time in school history by placing fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.32. The Golden Eagles are at the Polytan Invtational on April 22 in Bloomington, Ind. Notre Dame:Members of the University of Notre Dame track and field team held competition in three different meets in the span of three days. Members of the thrower squad competed at the Azusa Pacific Invitational Friday, before concluding weekend competition at the Mt. SAC Relays and the Long Beach State Invitational Saturday. Rebecca Tracy highlighted the weekend with a second-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the Mt. SAC relays. She crossed the finish line in a time of 4:20.38. The Irish are idle this week before competing at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa on April 29. Pittsburgh:Pitt competed at both the Sea Ray Relays and the Bison Classic this past weekend. At the conclusion of the competitions, three Panthers set career best marks while eight placed. The team had breakthrough performances in the 200-meter dash with three setting personal bests. Pugh sprinted to a mark of 24.55 while Fonrose finished close behind at 25:76. Freshman Jordan Lee also set a personal best with a finishing time of 25.79. Jones led all Panthers with a time of 24.08, capturing eighth place. The Panthers return to action this upcoming week when the team sends members to both the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton, N.J. and the Legacy Track Meet in Baltimore, Md., on April 22-23. Providence:The Friars competed in the competitive Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif. Five athletes qualified for the BIG EAST Championships with their performances. Junior Hannah Davidson cruised past her personal best in the 5,000 meters, placing 18th in the elite level race with a time of 16:20.37. Davidson has now qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in both the 5000-meter run and the 3000-meter steeplechase. Senior Emma Perron and freshman Grace Thek also qualified for a spot in the BIG EAST's with times of 17:05.67 and 17:26.88, respectively. In the 1,500-meter run, freshman Laura Nagel set a new personal best, grabbing sixth place with a BIG EAST Championship-worthy 4:23.23. Teammate Charlotte Ffrench O'Carroll also surpassed the conference standard with a 4:31.06. The Friars next compete in the prestigious Penn Relays, April 28-30 in Philadelphia, Pa. Rutgers: Despite inclement weather, Rutgers women's track and field team crowned four individual champions en route to winning the 2011 Metropolitan Outdoor Championship Saturday, April 16, at the Bauer Track and Field Complex. On day one, senior captain Natalie Clickett claimed first place in the shot put with a heave of 14.00 meters, while junior Alex Kellytossed the javelin 41.79 meters for a first-place finish to lead the Scarlet Knights into day two of competition. Freshman Brianna Demingled the distance squad with a third-place showing in the 5000-meter run with a time of 17:54.6. The group of Lindsay Bertulis, Stephanie Krausser,Victoria Pontecorvoand Jennifer Spitzercrossed the line in 10:07.57 for a second-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay. The Scarlet Knights will resume action on April 22 at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton. St. John's: The St. John's track & field team battled the rain, wind and cold to take home second place in the Outdoor Metropolitan Championships on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J., this weekend. St. John's captured first place in five different events while 17 different athletes scored points by finishing in the top eight of their event. Junior Samantha Meyerhoff produced the stand-out performance of the meet, setting a new school record with a first-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:15.80. St. John's will not compete again until the Penn Relays on April 28 at Franklin Field on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa. USF: The Bulls were idle last week. In their last meet, eleven members of the team traveled to Austin, Texas 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 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 in the Auburn War Eagle Invitational and the Kent Taylor-Joe Hilton UNC Invitational on April 16. Five more members of the squad joined SU's long list of student-athletes who have qualified for the BIG EAST Championships, which now includes 33 names. Senior Kelsey Rubeor met conference standards with personal-best marks in the long jump and shot put. She has qualified in four different events and ranks second in the BIG EAST and 16th in the nation in the heptathlon. The Orange will be back in action on April 22-23 at the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational and the Cornell Upstate Challenge. Villanova: In her first race of the outdoor season senior Sheila Reid shattered her own personal best in the 1,500 meters and established a new leading time in the nation with a mark of 4:11.85 at the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday at Hilmer Lodge Stadium. Reid was part of a group of Villanova student-athletes competing on Friday during part of last weekend's three-day meet. In the invitational elite section of the 1500 meters Reid came in second out of 16 runners and was the first collegiate athlete to cross the finish line. She was less than a quarter of a second behind Shalane Flanagan (4:11.67). Reid, an All-American in the 1,500 meters last season, eclipsed her previous personal best in the event by nearly five seconds in Friday's race. She had run in 4:16.66 at the NCAA Championships last year. West Virginia:West Virginia battled inclement weather on its way to completing the Kent Taylor - Joe Hilton Carolina Invitational hosted by North Carolina in Chapel Hill. After a delay due to rain, the Mountaineers saw several top performances including first-place showings from Chelsea Carrier, Stephanie Aldea, April Rotilio and Meghan Mock. Carrier remains undefeated in the 100-meter hurdles this season after taking the top spot with a time of 13.47. Freshman Chené Townsend followed in third in the event, with a time of 14.09. Aldea led WVU in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10.04.52, while Rotilio posted an excellent showing in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.73. West Virginia competes at the Jesse Owens Track Classic on April 23-24.