Athletes Descend on Villanova for Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Georgetown's Deseree King looks to defend her BIG EAST crown in the women's 400-meter hurdles.

Georgetown's Deseree King looks to defend her BIG EAST crown in the women's 400-meter hurdles.

May 9, 2014

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VILLANOVA, Pa. - The seven men's squads and eight women's teams are converging on the Jumbo Elliott Track at Villanova Stadium for the 2014 BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships presented by New York Life, which will take place Saturday-Sunday.

Saturday's schedule opens with the decathlon's 100-meter dash at 9 a.m., followed by the women's 100 hurdles at 9:30. Field events get underway at 10 a.m. with the women's hammer throw. All throws will take place at Pike Field, which is across Lancaster Avenue from Villanova Stadium.

Tickets for the championships are available through Villanova here. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for youths 12 and under.

The multis will kick off Sunday's slate as well. The 110-meter hurdles of the decathlon open the day at 9 a.m., with the heptathlon's long jump scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

Saturday's schedule features a late afternoon break following the prelim heats of the men's 200-meter dash. Student-athletes will return to the track for the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at 7:30 p.m., with the men racing 15 minutes later. Then the women's 10,000 is set for 8 p.m., while the men are scheduled for 8:45.



The last track final on Sunday is the men's 4x400 relay, scheduled for 3:05 p.m. The awards presentation will follow at approximately 3:30 p.m.

On the women's side, three individuals and one relay squad will look to defend their 2013 titles. Georgetown's Deseree King and Chelsea Cox will race in the prelim heats on Saturday in the 400 hurdles and 800, respectively, while Providence's Laura Nagel will try to repeat in the 5,000. Emily Lipari of Villanova, last year's goal medalist, will forego a chance to defend her 1,500 crown but instead will provide Cox a challenge in the 800. She was also part of Villanova's winning 4x800 relay team last season that set a meet record of 8:34.23.

There are two defending champions back from the 2013 meet in the men's competition. Georgetown's Andrew Springer won gold in last year's 5,000 in 14:23.54 and will attempt to defend his crown while also challenging for the 10,000 championship. Villanova's Samuel Ellison, recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, will attempt back-to-back championships in the 800.

In addition to striving for individual and team BIG EAST Championships, the student-athletes will aim to improve their standing in their respective NCAA regional rankings. The top 48 declared student-athletes and top 24 relays in both the East and West regions as of May 18 will advance to the NCAA Regionals May 29-31. The East Regional takes place in Jacksonville, Fla., while the West is in Fayetteville, Ark. The top 12 individuals and relay teams from the regionals will advance to the NCAA Championship meet in Eugene, Ore., from June 11-14.

Below is a list of student-athletes who currently rank in the top 48 in their region and events.

East - Men

Billy Ledder, Georgetown, 1:48.01, 13th
Dusty Solis, Villanova, 1:49.24, 29th
Samuel Ellison, Villanova, 1:49.26, 30th
Ryan Manahan, Georgetown, 1:49.37, 32nd

Jordy Williamsz, Villanova, 3:43.01, 8th
Sam McEntee, Villanova, 3:43.33, 12th
Ahmed Bile, Georgetown, 3:43.43, 14th
Robert Denault, Villanova, 3:44.28, 18th
Julian Oakley, Providence, 3:44.68, 22nd
Darren Fahy, Georgetown, 3:45.12, 29th
Michael Lederhouse, Georgetown, 3:45.15, 30th
Harvey Dixon, Providence, 3:45.37, 37th

Andrew Springer, Georgetown, 13:54.43, 13th
Julian Saad, Providence, 14:01.90, 31st
Erik Peterson, Butler, 14:06.88, 42nd
Brian Basili, Villanova, 14:08.71, 47th

Benjamin Connor, Providence, 29:18.62, 15th
Erik Peterson, Butler, 29:20.48, 18th
Andrew Springer, Georgetown, 29:21.67, 19th
Shane Quinn, Providence, 29:36.24, 28th
Brian Doyle, Providence, 29:42.24, 38th
Brian King, Georgetown, 29:47.69, 46th

3,000m Steeplechase
Darren Fahy, Georgetown, 8:43.12, 3rd
Matthew Hoard, Georgetown, 8:47.02, 5th
Dylan Sorensen, Georgetown, 8:47.07, 6th

High Jump
Elbert Maxwell, Villanova, 2.09m, 39th

Long Jump
Elbert Maxwell, Villanova, 7.51m, 22nd

Triple Jump
Eghosa Aghayere, Georgetown, 15.39m, 18th

East - Women

Amanda Kimbers, Georgetown, 23.66, 43rd

Andrea Keklak, Georgetown, 2:04.36, 2nd
Emily Lipari, Villanova, 2:06.05, 15th
Becca Deloache, Georgetown, 2:06.32, 19th
Stephanie Schappert, Villanova, 2:06.54, 22nd
Kelsey Margey, Villanova, 2:07.00, 33rd
Sabrina Southerland, Georgetown, 2:07.28, 39th
Angel Piccirillo, Villanova, 2:07.45, 42nd
Nicky Akande, Villanova, 2:07.48, 43rd
Shanique Dasilva, Georgetown, 2:07.95, 48th

Rachel Schneider, Georgetown, 4:17.04, 9th
Emily Lipari, Villanova, 4:20.35, 15th
Angel Piccirillo, Villanova, 4:20.39, 16th
Laura Nagel, Providence, 4:20.86, 19th
Stephanie Schappert, Villanova, 4:20.88, 21st
Kirsty Legg, Butler, 4:21.58, 26th
Hannah Neczypor, Georgetown, 4:21.66, 29th
Rachel Paul, Georgetown, 4:22.37, 36th
Kelsey Margey, Villanova, 4:22.49, 38th
Andrea Keklak, Georgetown, 4:22.60, 41st
Samantha Nadel, Georgetown, 4:23.37, 46th
Mara Olson, Butler, 4:23.52, 47th

Sarah Collins, Providence, 15:31.03, 4th
Mara Olson, Butler, 15:47.14, 7th
Laura Nagel, Providence, 15:58.33, 13th
Haley Pierce, Georgetown, 16:11.66, 33rd

Katie Good, Butler, 34:13.26,18th
Clare Fischer, Xavier, 34:21.21, 23rd
Kirsten Kasper, Georgetown, 34:21.52, 24th
Joanna Stevens, Georgetown, 34:52.25, 47th

4x400m Relay
St. John's, 3:38.18, 38th
Georgetown, 3:39.32, 45th

High Jump
Samantha Yeats, Villanova, 1.76m, 25th

Pole Vault
Alexandra Wasik, Villanova, 3.96m, 42nd

Hammer Throw
Danette Hinton, St. John's, 57.07m, 30th

West - Men

Mac Melto, DePaul, 46.94, 34th

Shot Put
Matt Babicz, DePaul, 19.09m, 9th

Hammer Throw
William Koeck, Marquette, 60.84m, 29th

John Krzyszkowski, Marquette, 63.32m, 37th

West - Women

Jacqueline Kasal, DePaul, 2:08.56, 40th

High Jump
Omo Tseumah, Marquette, 1.73m, 47th

Long Jump
Carlye Schuh, Marquette, 6.06m, 23rd
MaShayla Kirksy, DePaul, 5.94m, 43rd