TAMPA, Fla. - The Notre Dame men and the Louisville women captured team titles at the 2012 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships at USF Track & Field Complex. Louisville won its fifth straight team title by compiling 104 points. The Cardinals become the first team ever to win five straight BIG EAST titles. Notre Dame won its fourth title in five years and eighth as a member of the BIG EAST Conference, tallying 153 points.
Irish freshman Christopher Giesting placed first in both the 200m and 400m dash. He posted winning marks of 21.15 in the 200m and 46.03 in the 400m. He is the first individual to win both events since Davian Clarke of Miami in 1998. Giesting was honored as the Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer.
Notre Dame senior Kevin Schipper won the men's pole vault for the third straight year. With his mark of 5.25m he became the first three-time pole vault champion in BIG EAST history.
Notre Dame also earned first place points in the triple jump as sophomore Logan Renwick won the event with a distance of 15.27m. He edged USF sophomore Shane Lewis by .01m. The Irish won the 3,200m relay by posting a time of 7:25.97
Notre Dame took first place in both the men's and women's 1,500m run. Jeremy Rae won his second straight BIG EAST title in this event with a time of 30:50.64. Finishing second was his teammate senior Johnathan Shawel with a time of 3:50.72. Junior Rebecca Tracy won the women's title for the Irish with a time of 4:22.71.
Tim Nedow of DePaul placed first in the discus with a mark of 58.60. Yesterday he finished second in the shot put. Nedow was named the Men's Most Outstanding Field Performer.
Pittsburgh senior Antony Hobwana finished in first place in the 100m dash with a time of 10.34. Jermaine Lowery took the top spot in the 400m hurdles crossing the line at 50.25. Pittsburgh also placed first in 400m relay with a time of 40.42. and in the 1,600m relays with a mark of 3:08.09.
Syracuse senior Jarret Eaton, NCAA champion in the 60m hurdles, won his second BIG EAST title in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.57. Villanova's Samuel Ellison captured the title in the 800m run with a time of 1:50.99.
Louisville senior Khadija Abdullah provided first place points for the Cardinal with a victory in the women's discus. She posted a winning a mark of 53.91. Her teammate Amashi-Ali Kendall finished in second place posting a distance of 48.78. The Cardinals also took first place point in the high jump as sophomore Michelle Theophille set a meet record with a 1.86m mark.
Helping the Cardinals first place efforts was the 1,600m relay team who took first place with a time of 3:43.60.
Pittsburgh senior Cambrya Jones finished first in the 100m and 200m dash. She registered a time of 11.28 in the 100m and 22.91 in the 200m. Her time in the 200m set a meet record. Jones was named Women's Most Outstanding Track Performer for her efforts.
Chelsea Carrier-Eades of West Virginia won her second straight title in the women's 100m hurdles with a time of 12.93. The victory marks her fifth-career BIG EAST outdoor title.
Connecticut sophomore Celina Emerson finished first in the 400m dash with a time of 53.17m.Her teammate, senior Heather Wilson captured the 800m crown with a time of 2:04:55.
The Notre Dame women placed first in the 400m relay crossing the line with a time of 45.17. Villanova took first place in the 3,200m relay with a time of 8:37.58.
Georgetown's London Finley set a meet record in the 400m hurdles with a time of 56.67. Villanova sophomore Samantha Francis won the long jump with a mark of 12.61m.
For a complete list of results check out the Championship Central Page.
Women's Final Score
1. Louisville, 104
2. Notre Dame, 99.50
3. USF, 84
4. Cincinnati, 81
5. West Virginia, 72
6. Pittsburgh, 66
7. Georgetown, 61
8. Villanova, 60.50
9. Connecticut, 51
10. Rutgers, 45
11. Syracuse, 44
12. Providence, 33
13. DePaul, 30
14. St. John's, 15
15. Marquette, 11
Men's Final Score
1. Notre Dame, 153
2. USF, 100
3. Pittsburgh, 86
4. Connecticut, 83
5. Syracuse, 79
6. Villanova, 75.50
7. Cincinnati, 58
8. Georgetown, 57
9. DePaul, 47
10. Rutgers, 38
11. Louisville, 36
12. Marquette, 28.50
13. Providence, 14
Women's Coaching Staff of the Year
Men's Coaching Staff of the Year
Women's Most Outstanding Track Performer
Cambrya Jones, Pittsburgh
Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer
Women's Most Outstanding Field Performer
Amashi-Ali Kendall, Louisville
Men's Most Outstanding Field Performer
Tim Nedow, DePaul