May 2, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Irish men’s and women’s track and field teams are both in second place after the second day of competition at the BIG EAST Championships.
Three Irish student-athletes won individual titles on day two. Mary Saxer broke the BIG EAST Championship record with a 4.20m (13-9 1/4) vault to win the women’s pole vault title. Patrick Smyth won the men’s 10,000 meters with a time of 30:41.89 and Jaclyn Espinoza recorded a mark of 50.80m (166-08) to win the women’s discus throw.
Louisville leads the men’s teams with 104 points, followed by Connecticut and Notre Dame in second with 37.
The Louisville women also sit atop the leaderboard with 79 points, followed by Notre Dame in second with 54 and Cincinnati in third with 34 points.
Men’s 200 Meters (Preliminary): Miklos Szebeny finished fifth with a time of 21.51 to advance to the finals.
Men’s 400 Meters (Preliminary): Billy Buzaid advanced to the final with a sixth-place finish and a time of 48.18. Alex Korenstra finished 11th in 48.64, Edward Hitchler finished 12th in 48.65 and Jordan Rincon was 13th in 48.71.
Men’s 800 Meters (Preliminary): Jack Howard finished eighth with a time of 1:50.19 to advance to the finals. Blake Choplin finished 13th in 1:50.93, Randall Babb finished 17th with a time of 1:51.81, Kevin Labus was 21st in 1:52.22 and Cameron Eckert finished 30th with a time of 1:53.82.
Men’s 10,000 Meters: Patrick Smyth earned all-BIG EAST honors with a first-place finish and a time of 30:41.89. Jake Walker finished fourth in 30:46.05 and Dan Jackson crossed the line in 30:52.85 to finish sixth.
Men’s Long Jump: Eric Quick finished sixth with a mark of 7.12m (23-4 1/2).
Men’s Shot Put: John Belcher finished fifth with a mark of 16.87m (55-4 1/4), followed by Denes Veres in seventh at 16.20m (53-1 3/4), Andrew Hills in eighth at 16.05m (52-8) and Greg Davis in 17th at 13.78m (45-2 1/2).
Men’s Discus Throw: John Belcher finished 11th with a toss of 46.38m (152-02).
Men’s Decathlon: Justin Schneider earned all-BIG EAST honors with a second-place finish with 6,842 points.
Women’s 200 Meters (Preliminary): Natalie Geiger finished 17th with a time of 24.95.
Women’s 400 Meters (Preliminary): Joanna Schultz qualified for the finals with a second-place time of 54.24. Natalie Geiger finished 14th in 56.41.
Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles (Preliminary): Kali Watkins qualified for the finals with an eighth-place finish and a time of 14.10.
Women’s 3000-Meter Steeplechase: Lindsey Ferguson earned all-BIG EAST honors with a third-place finish and a time of 10:26.10. Becca Bauman finished 19th in 11:15.80 and Stephanie Socias finished 21st with a tiem of 11:23.00.
Women’s Pole Vault: Mary Saxer earned all-league honors and clinched the individual title with a BIG EAST record-breaking mark of 4.20m (13-9 1/4). Jessica Sullivan finished eighth with a mark of 3.65m (11-11 3/4).
Women’s Javelin Throw: Elise Knutzen finished sixth with a throw of 43.49m (142-08).
Women’s Heptathlon: Maddie Buttinger earned all-BIG EAST honors with a second-place performance, totaling 5,155 points.
The Irish will wrap up competition Sunday at the BIG EAST Championships.