Villanova Women, Georgetown Men Lead at BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships


May 10, 2014

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VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Villanova women and Georgetown men lead after the first day of the 2014 BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships presented by New York Life. The Wildcat women hold a slim four-point margin, while the Hoyas’ lead on the men’s side is a slightly-more-comfortable 23 points. Marquette is running second in both standings through Saturday.

What was originally scheduled as a matinee of track and field at Villanova Stadium turned into a primetime presentation after two lightning delays accounted for more than six hours of delays. The schedule began at 9 a.m., and the final race of the night, the men’s 10,000 meter run, finished at 10:27 p.m.

Villanova leads the women’s standings with 41 points, with Marquette trailing in second with 37. Butler sits in third with 25 points, and Providence and DePaul are tied for fourth with 23. Georgetown is sixth with 22 points, St. John’s seventh with 12 and Xavier eighth with 11.

Georgetown owns the lead on the men’s side with 65 points, while Marquette is running second with 42. Villanova is third with 31 points and DePaul has 21 points. Butler sits fifth with 14 points, Xavier is sixth with 12 and Providence seventh with 10.

Marquette picked up early points in the men’s meet when Samantha Kennedy took the hammer throw title with a distance of 56.13 meters, and Carlye Schuh captured gold in the long jump in 5.78 meters. The Wildcats made up points by taking the top five in the pole vault, with Alexandra Wasik winning at a height of 3.77 meters.

The women’s javelin throw began before the lightning delay and was suspended. It will resume Sunday at 9 a.m. Other field events that were moved because of the weather include the men’s pole vault (to Sunday at 1:45 p.m.) and the men’s javelin (to Sunday at 2 p.m.).

The Golden Eagles also captured two of the three men’s field events Saturday. Michael Saindon won the high jump with a height of 2.08 meters, and teammate William Koeck took gold in the hammer with a distance of 60.79 meters. Marquette’s Bret Hardin added silver in 60.59 meters. Villanova’s Elbert Maxwell, who took third in the high jump, claimed the gold medal in the long jump (7.12 meters), while two Hoyas joined him on the awards podium. Eghosa Aghayere (6.95 meters) and Richard D’Ambrosio (6.79 meters) won silver and bronze, respectively.

The track portion of the day – or night – ended with the 10,000s. Providence’s Sarah Collins won the women’s race in 33:36.36, and Andrew Springer of Georgetown repeated on the men’s side in 30:01.82.

The day’s events began with the multis. Through five events of the decathlon, Villanova’s PJ Succi tops the field with 3,163 points, holding a slim lead over Marquette’s Jordan Smith (3,024). Four events of the heptathlon were completed Saturday, with Marquette’s Tatyana Pashibin (2,642) leading over second-place Bria Booker of Butler (2,347).

Women's Standings
1. Villanova - 41
2. Marquette - 37
3. Butler - 25
4. Providence - 23
4. DePaul - 23
6. Georgetown - 22
7. St. John's - 12
8. Xavier - 11

Men's Standings
1. Georgetown - 65
2. Marquette - 42
3. Villanova - 31
4. DePaul - 21
5. Butler - 14
6. Xavier - 12
7. Providence - 10