2013 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships Set to Kick Off at Rutgers on Friday

Championship Central

BIG EAST Performance List

PROVIDENCE, R.I.- League outdoor track & field teams travel to Piscataway, N.J., this week for the 2013 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Rutgers at the Bauer Track & Field Complex on May 3-5. The first events will begin at 11:00 a.m., on Friday with the decathlon and heptathlon. Hammer throw trials and finals for men and women will also be on Friday.


Men's Team Overview


Notre Dame makes a strong case for its second consecutive championship with the return of Christopher Giesting. The sophomore was the 2012 BIG EAST Men's Outdoor Track Most Outstanding Performer after winning the 200m and 400m. Patrick Feeney and Jeremy Rae also return for the Fighting Irish. Giesting, Feeney and Rae combined for 55 of Notre Dame's 153 points between relays and individual events last season.


Feeney ranks first in the BIG EAST in the 200m with a time of 20.96 and first in the 400m with his NCAA indoor championship time of 45.92. Giesting ranks sixth in the 200m at 21.24 and third in the 400m with a time of 46.05 on the BIG EAST performance list. Rae ranks second in the league in the 1,500m with a time of 3:41.45, a mark more than nine seconds faster than his winning 1,500m time at last year's championship.


In the sprints, Notre Dame's Feeney and Giesting will run against a few familiar faces from Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh's Brycen Spratling and Carvin Nkanata were members of the indoor 4x400m relay team that denied Notre Dame the BIG EAST title at the SPIRE Institute in February.


Connecticut aims to sweep the 2013 BIG EAST track championships with a win at Bauer Track & Field Complex. The Huskies won the BIG EAST indoor title by 36.5 points. The Huskies look to capitalize on the decathlon, where they had four competitors finish in scoring position in the heptathlon at the 2013 indoor championship. Senior Jake Waruch won the 2012 decathlon title. Seniors Jesse Chapman and Ben Waruch currently rank second and sixth respectively, on the BIG EAST performance list.


The Huskies also return defending high jump champion Noel James. The senior's mark of 2.14m is the second-best in the BIG EAST and .04 meters better than his winning jump at the 2012 championship.


Women's Team Overview


Louisville returns top throwers Amashi-Ali Kendall and Khadija Abdullah in the chase for its sixth straight league title. Kendall is the defending hammer throw champion, while Abdullah won the discus throw in 2012. Abdullah also won the shot put in 2010. Abdullah and Kendall rank 1-2 in the shot put on the BIG EAST performance list and Kendall tops the discus. Kendall was named the 2012 BIG EAST Women's Most Outstanding Field Performer.


While Abdullah and Kendall stack the throwing events, the Cardinals also return top high jumper Michelle Kinsella. The senior set a meet record in 2012 with a jump of 1.86m and tops the BIG EAST this season with a mark of 1.88m.


Margret Harris helps Louisville in the sprints, ranking eighth in the 100m and fourth in the 400m on the BIG EAST performance list. The senior took first in the 60m and third in the 200m at the 2013 BIG EAST indoor championship.


Notre Dame will challenge Louisville with a combination of depth and experience. The Fighting Irish won the 2012 BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championship by 32 points and placed second last year. Notre Dame has only won the BIG EAST outdoor title once before in 2007.


Rebecca Tracy leads Notre Dame in the middle distances. The senior won the 1,500m in 2012 and won the mile run at the indoor championship in February. Sophomores Jade and Kaila Barber, juniors Michelle Brown and Megan Yanik will also prove key contributors to Notre Dame's success. The Barbers provide depth in the sprints, hurdles and horizontal jumps while Brown and Yanik focus on the 400m distance.


Last Time Out

At the 2012 BIG EAST Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship, a total of eight meet records were set in the 100m, 100m hurdles, 200m, 400m hurdles 5,000m, high jump, shot put and javelin throw. Of those records, two were broken by returning competitors. Louisville's Michelle Kinsella broke the high jump record set in 2010 with a mark of 1.86m. Providence's Emily Sisson broke a 28 year-old record in the 5,000m with a time of 15:45.83. The previous record of 15:45.04 was set by Georgetown's Suzanne Girard in 1984. Girard was the 1985 U.S. National 5,000m champion.


NCAA's on the Horizon

Entering BIG EAST championships, 31 league performances rank in the top-20 nationally, including 13 for the men and 18 for the women. Notre Dame leads all institutions with eight national top 20 marks and 11 league teams are represented.


2013 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships Schedule

Bauer Track & Field Complex, Rutgers University, Piscataway, N.J.




TIME                                       COMBINED EVENT              EVENT

11:00 a.m.                             Decathlon                             100m Dash

11:40 a.m. (est.)                   Decathlon                             Long Jump

12:00 p.m.                            Heptathlon                           100m Hurdles

12:45 p.m. (est.)                  Heptathlon                           High Jump

12:50 p.m. (est.)                  Decathlon                             Shot Put

2:00 p.m. (est.)                     Decathlon                             High Jump

3:10 p.m. (est.)                     Heptathlon                           Shot Put

4:20 p.m. (est.)                     Heptathlon                           200m Dash

4:30 p.m. (est.)                     Decathlon                             400m Dash



TIME                                       COMBINED EVENT              EVENT

9:00 a.m.                               Decathlon                             110m Hurdles

9:00 a.m.                               Heptathlon                           Long Jump

9:55 a.m. (est.)                     Decathlon                             Discus

10:10 a.m. (est.)                   Heptathlon                           Javelin

11:05 a.m. (est.)                   Decathlon                             Pole Vault

11:10 a.m. (est.)                   Heptathlon                           800m Run

2:00 p.m. (est.)                     Decathlon                             Javelin

3:10 p.m. (est.)                     Decathlon                             1500m Run


Note:  Most Heptathlon and Decathlon times are estimated start times and may/will be adjusted based on the number of entries and/or the time it takes to complete the previous event.




TIME                                FIELD EVENT

12:00 p.m.                      Hammer Throw - Women Trials & FINAL

2:30 p.m.                        Hammer Throw - Men       Trials & FINAL



TIME                                FIELD EVENT

11:00 a.m.                      Shot Put - Men                    Trials & FINAL

11:30 a.m.                      Long Jump - Women         Trials & FINAL 

12:00 p.m.                      Javelin - Women                 Trials & FINAL

12:00 p.m.                      Pole Vault - Women          Trials & FINAL

1:30 p.m.                        Shot Put - Women              Trials & FINAL

2:00 p.m.                        Long Jump - Men                Trials & FINAL

4:30 p.m.                        Javelin - Men                       Trials & FINAL

4:30 p.m.                        High Jump - Men                 Trials & FINAL



TIME                                FIELD EVENT

10:00 a.m.                      Pole Vault - Men                 Trials & FINAL

10:00 a.m.                      Discus Throw - Men           Trials & FINAL

10:15 a.m.                      Triple Jump - Women       Trials & FINAL

12:00 p.m.                      Triple Jump - Men              Trials & FINAL

12:00 p.m.                      Discus Throw - Women     Trials & FINAL

12:00 p.m.                      High Jump - Women           Trials & FINAL




Note:  The Heptathlon 800m and Decathlon 1500m will be inserted in the Running Event portion of the schedule where appropriate.


TIME                         TRACK EVENT

  9:00 a.m.                Decathlon - 110m Hurdles              FINAL

11:10 a.m. (est.)     Heptathlon - 800m                           FINAL

  1:30 p.m.               1,500m Run - Women                     Trials

  1:45 p.m.               1,500m Run - Men                           Trials

  2:00 p.m.               100m Hurdles - Women                  Trials

  2:15 p.m.               110m Hurdles - Men                        Trials

  2:30 p.m.               400m Dash - Women                       Trials

  2:45 p.m.               400m Dash - Men                             Trials

  3:00 p.m.               100m Dash - Women                       Trials

  3:15 p.m.               100m Dash - Men                             Trials

  3:30 p.m.               800m Run - Women                         Trials

  3:50 p.m.               800m Run - Men                               Trials

  4:10 p.m.               400m Hurdles - Women                  Trials

  4:25 p.m.               400m Hurdles - Men                        Trials

  4:40 p.m.               200m Dash - Women                       Trials

  4:55 p.m.               200m Dash - Men                             Trials

  5:10 p.m.               3,000m Steeplechase - Women    FINAL

  5:25 p.m.               3,000m Steeplechase - Men          FINAL

  5:45 p.m.               10,000m Run - Women                   FINAL

  6:25 p.m.               10,000m Run - Men                         FINAL



TIME                                               TRACK EVENT - ALL FINALS

11:00 a.m.                                     400m Relay - Women

11:15 a.m.                                     400m Relay - Men

11:30 a.m.                                     1,500m Run - Women

11:35 a.m.                                     1,500m Run - Men

11:45 a.m.                                     100m Hurdles - Women

11:55 a.m.                                     110m Hurdles - Men

12:05 p.m.                                    400m Dash - Women

12:10 p.m.                                    400m Dash - Men

12:15 p.m.                                    100m Dash - Women

12:20 p.m.                                    100m Dash - Men

12:25 p.m.                                    800m Run - Women

12:30 p.m.                                    800m Run - Men

12:40 p.m.                                    400m Hurdles - Women

12:50 p.m.                                    400m Hurdles - Men

  1:00 p.m.                                     200m Dash - Women

  1:05 p.m.                                     200m Dash - Men

  1:10 p.m.                                     5,000m Run - Women

  1:30 p.m.                                     5,000m Run - Men

  1:50 p.m.                                     3,200m Relay - Women

  2:05 p.m.                                     3,200m Relay - Men

  2:20 p.m.                                     1,600m Relay - Women

  2:35 p.m.                                     1,600m Relay - Men

  3:00 p.m.                             AWARDS CEREMONY