Connecticut Men and Louisville Women Lead After Second Day of 2012 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships

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TAMPA, Fla. - The Connecticut men and the Louisville women lead after the second day of competition at the 2012 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships at USF Track & Field Complex. In the men's competition, Connecticut ended the day with 47 points. Syracuse trails by two points with 45 followed by Notre Dame with 41. On the women's side, Louisville leads with 53 points entering the final day. Cincinnati sits in second place with 41 points while USF is in third place with 37.
For the fourth straight year a member of the Connecticut track and field team won the decathlon.  The Huskies notched 26 team points in the event thanks to first, second, fourth and sixth place finishes. Junior Jake Waruch registered 7,230 points in route to the league title. His twin brother Ben Waruch finished in second place with 6,994. Also registering points in the event for the Huskies was sophomore Samuel Smith (fourth place) and senior Kyle Rowbotham (sixth place).
Louisville's team points came largely due to its strong 1-2 finish in the women's shot put competition. Senior Chinwe Okoro posted a meet record with a mark of 17.39m. Her teammate, senior Khadija Abdullah, came in second place with a put of 16.64m.
DePaul senior Melissa Fraser won her third consecutive BIG EAST title in the javelin and her fourth in the past five years. With a throw of 54.14m, she broke the previous meet record of 53.10m which was set in 2002. Yesterday, Fraser finished in fourth place in the hammer throw.
Providence sophomore Emily Sisson won the final women's event of the night in the 5,000m run.  Her time of 15:45.83 set a new meet record. In the women's 200m dash preliminaries Pittsburgh senior Cambrya Jones set a meet record with a time of 23.16.
Cincinnati took the top two spots in the heptathlon as senior Jasmine Cotten finished in first place with 5,422 points while sophomore Kaitlyn Good finished in second place with 5,267 points. In the pole vault, Cincinnati senior Michelle Eby finished first with a mark of 3.95m.
In the women's long jump Asha Ruth, a sophomore from Rutgers took first place with a mark of 6.41m. She topped defending champion in the event West Virginia's Chelsea Carrier-Eades. The Mountaineers also took the third and fourth place spots as sophomore Stormy Nesbit finished in third with a mark of 6.08m and senior Meghan Mock finished fourth with a lead of 6.07m.
Cincinnati senior Brian Zimmerman won the men's javelin competition with a mark of 65.97m.
Connecticut's James Noel won the high jump with a mark of 2.10m. He also won the high jump at the indoor championship this year.
DePaul took the top two spots in the men's shot put. Sophomore Matt Babicz topped teammate and defending champion Tim Nedow with a winning mark of 18.33. Nedow finished in second place with a put of 17.87m.
Neamen Wise of South Florida registered first place points for USF with a victory in the men's long jump. His mark of 7.92 was .06 meters shy of the meet record.
The final event of the day on the men's side was the 5,000m run. Villanova sophomore Sam McEntee took first place with a time of 14:19.75. He was followed by three members of the Syracuse team including junior Tito Medrano who took second with a time of 14:23.98. Junior Pat Dupont finished in third place crossing the line in 14:26.45 and freshmen Martin Hehir taking fourth place in 14:27.17.
The meet will resume on Sunday at 10 a.m. with the men's pole vault. For continuing coverage of the championship checkout the Championship Central page by clicking the link below.
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