17 Student-Athletes Ready for NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Providence's Laura Nagel

Providence's Laura Nagel

June 10, 2014

NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship Start Lists: Men | Women

NEW YORK – For some, it might be the first taste of a national championship. For others, it’s the culmination of four years – and then some – of hard work, dedication and sacrifice. For all 17 BIG EAST student-athletes who have advanced this far, it’s the opportunity to compete and shine amongst the nation’s best.

That’ll be the case when those 17 open competition Wednesday at the University of Oregon for the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene. Those student-athletes earned the trip to the Pacific Northwest by qualifying through the East and West Preliminary Championships May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Fla., and Fayetteville, Ark.

It’s a balanced BIG EAST field headed to Eugene, with nine women and eight men scheduled to compete. The women’s 1,500 meters will feature the biggest BIG EAST contingent with four spread across two heats. Villanova’s Emily Lipari, who was the top qualifier out of the East, joins teammate Angel Piccirillo in the first heat, while Butler’s Kirsty Legg and Georgetown’s Rachel Schneider will run in the second.

The women’s 5,000 meters is a timed final featuring three BIG EAST student-athletes. Two are from Providence in Laura Nagel and Sarah Collins, and Butler’s Mara Olson will join them.

The two remaining women’s competitors are racing in the 800 meters, and both are from Georgetown. Andrea Keklak goes in the first heat and Chelsea Cox runs in the third.

The men’s side features the only two field athletes to qualify for the NCAA championships. DePaul’s Matt Babicz advanced through the West Preliminary to earn a bid in the shot put, while Villanova’s Elbert Maxwell will compete in the long jump.



The only men’s event to feature multiple athletes from the BIG EAST is the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Georgetown dominated the event at the BIG EAST Championship last month, and it’s two Hoyas who made it to Eugene in Max Darrah and Dylan Sorensen. Both will open competition by running in the second heat.

Georgetown and Villanova, BIG EAST rivals since the beginning, account for the remaining men’s athletes from the conference on the start lists. Villanova’s Samuel Ellison (third heat of the 800 meters), Jordy Williams (second heat of the 1,500m) and Patrick Tiernan (championship final of the 5,000m) will run, as will Georgetown’s Andrew Springer in the timed final of the 10,000 meters.

Below is the full list of BIG EAST student-athletes scheduled to compete in Eugene, along with their seed times and the heat or flight in which they’re scheduled.


Three heats. Top two from each advances plus next best two
Andrea Keklak, Georgetown, 2:05.65 (1st)
Chelsea Cox, Georgetown, 2:04.02 (3rd)

Two heats. Top five advance plus next best two to final
Kirsty Legg, Butler, 4:15.83 (2nd)
Rachel Schneider, Georgetown, 4:17.04 (2nd)
Angel Piccirillo, Villanova, 4:15.16 (1st)
Emily Lipari, Villanova, 4:14.64 (1st)

Final only.
Mara Olson, Butler, 16:09.74
Laura Nagel, Providence, 16:08.39
Sarah Collins, Providence, 16:05.86


Three heats. Top two from each plus next best two to final.
Samuel Ellison, Villanova, 1:47.60 (3rd)

Two heats. Top five from each advance plus next best two.
Jordy Williamsz, Villanova, 3:45.90 (2nd)

3,000m Steeplechase
Two heats. Top five advance to final plus next best two.
Max Darrah, Georgetown, 8:46.88 (2nd)
Dylan Sorensen, Georgetown, 8:47.26 (2nd)

Final only.
Patrick Tiernan, Villanova, 14:14.57

Final only.
Andrew Springer, Georgetown, 30:03.05

Shot Put
Two flights. Top nine advance to final.
Matt Babicz, DePaul, 18.45m (2nd)

Long Jump
Two flights. Top nine advance to final.
Elbert Maxwell, Villanova, 7.52m (2nd)