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. The BIG EAST's complete top performances list can be accessed at www.directathletics.com. 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.