Providence, R.I. - After three days of competition at the NCAA East and West Regional meets, BIG EAST athletes earned 38 entries to the 2011 NCAA Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship on June 8-11 in Des Moines, Iowa. The 38 entries are the sixth-most for any conference in the country, as the BIG EAST will send 39 different athletes to compete in 18 different events.
West Virginia leads all BIG EAST teams with eight entries. Junior Chelsea Carrier qualified in both the 100-meter hurdles and the heptathlon. Carrier, the 2011 BIG EAST 100-meter hurdles champion, qualified as the No. 8 seed in the event after winning her heat at the East Regional in Bloomington, Ind., on May 6-8. Carrier also is the No. 2 seed in the heptathlon. Carrier's teammate Kate Harrison won her heat in the 10,000-meter run and is the 11th seed in the event.
Louisville grabbed six entries into the NCAA Championship, including five in the throwing events. Senior D'Ana McCarty qualified in both the shot put and the hammer throw and is seeded sixth and 17th, respectively, in each event. Three Cardinals qualified in the shot put, including McCarty, Khadija Abdullah and Chinwe Okoro. Rachel Gehret is the only non-thrower to qualify for Louisville, as Gehret is seeded first in the high jump after clearing a height of 1.81 meters at the East Regional.
Georgetown sends five athletes to Des Moines, including three in the 1,500-meter run with Madeline Chambers, Rachel Schneider and Renee Tomlin all making the trip to the NCAA Championship. Junior Emily Infeld highlights the Hoya crew, as she is the No. 1 seed in the 5,000-meter run. Infeld won her heat at the East Regional.
Villanova junior Sheila Reid is the No. 2 seed in the 1,500-meter run. Reid highlights four Villanova athletes making the trip to the NCAA Championship after winning her heat at the East Regional.
Pittsburgh sends the only relay team from the BIG EAST to the NCAA finals. The 4x100-meter relay team won its heat at the East Regional in 44.32 and will be seeded 10th at the Championship. Other top-five BIG EAST qualifiers included Syracuse's Kelsey Rubeor, who won the event at the 2011 BIG EAST Championship and is seeded fifth in the heptathlon.
The NCAA Championship will be held from June 8-11 in Des Moines, Iowa, hosted by Drake University.
BIG EAST NCAA Entries
24. Flings Owusu Agyapong, Syracuse
20. Cambrya Jones, Pittsburgh
15. April Rotilio, West Virginia
13. Chelsea Cox, Georgetown
18. Brigette Mania, Connecticut
20. Kathy Klump, Cincinnati
21. Mary Kate Quiett, DePaul
2. Sheila Reid, Villanova
10. Keri Bland, West Virginia
11. Madeline Chambers, Georgetown
16. Rachel Scheider, Georgetown
22. Renee Tomlin, Georgetown
11. Katie Hursey, Syracuse
17. Meghan Cunningham, Connecticut
24. Nicole Rozario, USF
1. Emily Infeld, Georgetown
20. Sheila Reid, Villanova
21. Bogdana Mimic, Villanova
12. Kate Harrison, West Virginia
18. Sarah-Anne Brault, West Virginia
19. Lauren Sara, Connecticut
8. Chelsea Carrier, West Virginia
15. Shericka Ward, Villanova
10. Pittsburgh (A. Woodford, D. Mills, L. Pugh, C. Jones, A. James, J. Lawrence)
1. Rachel Gehret, Louisville
7. Katelyn Williams, West Virginia
9. Ilva Bikanova, Connecticut
18. Stephanie Duffy, USF
23. Meghan Mock, West Virginia
6. D'Ana McCarty, Louisville
10. Khadija Abdullah, Louisville
17. Chinwe Okoro, Louisville
22. Chinwe Okoro, Louisville
17. D'Ana McCarty, Louisville
5. Alanna Kovacs, DePaul
2. Chelsea Carrier, West Virginia
5. Kelsey Rubeor, Syracuse
14. Maddie Buttinger, Notre Dame