TAMPA, Fla. - Six individual titles were crowned after the first day of competition at the 2012 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In the women's competition, Syracuse tallied 32 points and ended day one in first place. Louisville is in second place with 24, and Providence is in third with 18. The Syracuse men also lead with 25 points. Georgetown is in second with 22 while Louisville sits in third place with 17.
Syracuse sophomore Sarah Pagano captured the 10,000m title with a time of 34.37.94. The Orange took home 15 team points by virtue of its first and fourth-place finishes in the 10,000m race. Syracuse earned first place points on the men's side as junior Pat Dupont won the men's 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 8:49.40.
In the women's hammer throw, Louisville junior Amashi-Ali Kendall won her first BIG EAST outdoor title with a mark of 59.35m. With her victory, a member of the Louisville team has won the hammer throw each of the past six years. Louisville sophomore Patrice Gates came in second place with a throw of 57.63m. In the men's hammer throw, Notre Dame senior Andrew Hills captured the championship's first individual title with a mark of 58.05m.
In the women's 3,000m steeplechase, Providence took the top two spots. Sophomore Shelby Greany came in first place with a time of 10:08.76. The win is the second of her career in the event after taking the title in 2010. Her teammate Hannah Davidson came in second place with a time of 10:09.70.
Georgetown junior Mark Dennin won the 10,000m race with a time of 33:06.47.
Cincinnati senior Jasmine Cotton is in first place in the heptathlon after four events with 3,379 points. After five events in the decathlon, Connecticut holds the top two spot. Junior Jake Waruch is in first place with 3,937 points. He is followed by his twin brother Ben Waruch who has 3,693 points.
The meet will resume on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. with the men's javelin. For continuing coverage of the championship checkout the Championship Central page by clicking the link below.