Butler, Marquette Take Season's Final Weekly Awards

Marquette's Kristen Gaffey

Marquette's Kristen Gaffey

May 6, 2014

NEW YORK – Butler and Marquette split the final BIG EAST Track and Field awards of the outdoor season Monday. Attention shifts to suburban Philadelphia this weekend when the Jumbo Elliott Track at Villanova Stadium serves as host of the 2014 BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Competition is set for Saturday and Sunday.

BIG EAST Men’s Track Athlete of the Week
TOM ANDERSON, BUTLER Sr., Winchester, United Kingdom
Anderson crossed the finish first in the 1,500 meters to lead the Bulldogs to a 1-2-3 finish at the Stan Lyons Invitational over the weekend. He finished in a season-best 3:49.49, ahead of teammates Tom Curr (3:51.93) and Erik Peterson (3:53.74).

BIG EAST Women’s Track Athlete of the Week
KIRSTY LEGG, BUTLER Sr., Middlesborough, England
Legg completed a sweep of the 1,500 meters for Butler at the Stan Lyons Invitational when she won the race in 4:21.58, edging teammate Mara Olson and her lifetime-best of 4:23.52. Legg’s time is 48th in the nation and sixth in the BIG EAST.

BIG EAST Men’s Field Athlete of the Week
Hardin’s toss of 58.66 meters in the hammer throw at the Dave Rankin Invitational at Purdue last weekend was good for third in the event and is the second-best throw in the BIG EAST this spring. It’s also a lifetime best for the redshirt junior.

BIG EAST Women’s Field Athlete of the Week
Gaffey posted a pair of top-four finishes at the Dave Rankin Invitational last weekend. Her fourth-place showing in the shot put of 13.84 meters is the top distance in the BIG EAST, while her 48.45-meter effort in the discus was good for third and now sits second in the conference entering this weekend’s championships. Her discus mark now stands third in Marquette history.



BIG EAST Notebook

• Georgetown junior Tyler Smith ran a 10.87 in the 100 meters at the Kehoe Twilight Meet May 2, moving him to third in the BIG EAST, while his 22.03 in the 200 is tied for fifth-best in the conference.

• Fellow Hoya Ryan Manahan’s 1:49.37 in the 800 meters at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invite is the fastest among BIG EAST freshmen this season and fourth overall in the conference.

• Andrea Keklak’s 2:04.36 in the women’s 800 is now the top time in the BIG EAST and ninth nationally. She ran that at the Payton Jordan Invite.

• Pariis Garcia, a St. John’s sophomore, ran a team-best 24.72 at the Tom Farrell Track and Field Classic hosted by the Johnnies. Her time is sixth in the BIG EAST. Teammates Claire Mooney (24.89) and Amber Allen (24.90) also ran times in the event that moved into the conference’s top 10 this spring.

• Providence owns six of the BIG EAST’s top seven men’s times in the 3,000 meters and each of the top three on the women’s side. The top Friar male is junior Benjamin Connor (8:16.25) and the leader on the women’s side is Laura Nagel (9:07.90). Connor is also the conference leader in the 10,000 (29:18.62).

• Marquette’s Joel Swanberg’s 4.75-meter effort from the USF Open has held up as the BIG EAST’s top mark in the men’s pole vault since the middle of March.

• For more on the 2014 BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships, head here for the men's championship central and here for the women's. Both include a schedule of events for both days at Villanova.