Louisville, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh Earn BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Weekly Awards

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Louisville, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh split the season's fourth BIG EAST outdoor track and field weekly awards as announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Notre Dame senior Kevin Schipper was named Men's BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week while Louisville senior Chinwe Okoro was honored as the Women's BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week for the second straight week. Pittsburgh sophomore Brycen Spratling was honored as Men's BIG EAST Track Athlete of the Week while Pittsburgh senior Cambrya Jones was selected at the Women's BIG EAST Track Athlete of the Week for the second week in a row.
 
Schipper won his third pole vault title of the outdoor season with a vault of 5.36 meters at the Texas Roadhouse Border Battle. Hit mark puts him 14th nationally and fourth in the NCAA East Region. He has finished first three times and second once in four outdoor meets this season.
 
Okoro was named Women's BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week after she registered victories in the discus and the shot put at the Texas Roadhouse Border Battle. Her discus mark of 56.24 meters, which was a person best, ranks fourth nationally and is the fifth-best throw in Louisville history. Okoro's winning shot put of 16.84 meters ranks eighth nationally. The mark is a personal best as well as the third-best throw in school history. Both marks are tops in the BIG EAST.
 
Spratling earned Men's BIG EAST Track Athlete of the Week after he placed first in the 400-meter dash at the Sea Ray Relays with a time of 46.03. His time ranks ninth nationally and first in the BIG EAST this season. He was awarded the Tony Wilson Award as the Sea Ray Relays most outstanding male track athlete.
 
Jones was named Women's BIG EAST Track Athlete of the Week after she finished first in the 200-meter dash at the Sea Ray Relays with a time of 23.31. Although not her best time of the season, no other BIG EAST competitor has run a faster time this season.
 
The next BIG EAST track and field weekly awards will be released on April 24, 2012.