Denes Veres was steady for the Irish in the shot put Friday at the regional meet.

Veres Wins BIG EAST Men's Shot Put Title with Record-Setting Mark

May 1, 2010

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Junior Denes Veres won the men’s shot put crown with a new Irish record and six Notre Dame student-athletes earned all-conference honors on the second day of competition at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, held at Gettler Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.

Veres won his first conference title and third all-BIG EAST honor. Justin Schneider garnered all-league accolades for a second-place decathlon finish, John Belcher finished third in the men’s shot put and Eric Quick added another conference honor with a second-place showing the men’s long jump. On the women’s side, Maddie Buttinger finished second in the heptathlon, and Jaclyn Espinoza was third in the discus throw.

The Irish men are currently in fourth place with 41 total points. Louisville sits atop the leaderboard with 71 points, followed by Connecticut in second with 47.50 and Rutgers in third with 45 total points.

The Notre Dame women are fifth after the second day with 23.50 points. Louisville is first with 58, Syracuse is second with 41 and South Florida is third with 40 points. Connecticut stands in fourth place ahead of the Irish with 30 points.

BIG EAST competition wraps up Sunday with action getting underway at 10:00 a.m.

Men’s Decathlon: Justin Schneider finished second with 7102 points, while Ted Glasnow was seventh with 6220 and Dean Odegard finished ninth with 6187 total points. Connecticut’s Sean Smith won the title with 7370 points.

Men’s 100m: Miklos Szebeny ran a preliminary time of 10.80 to finish 11th. Tyrell Atkins finished 26th in 11.17.

Men’s 200m: Miklos Szebeny clocked in at 21.81 to finish 12th in the preliminary heat.

Men’s 1500m: Jeremy Rae was the top runner in the preliminaries with a time of 3:48.94. Daniel Clark finished sixth at 3:49.12, and Jordan Carlson finished ninth at 3:49.40. J.P. Mallette finished 13th in 3:52.26, and Johnathan Shawel was 14th at 3:52.36. Rae, Clark and Carlson qualified for Sunday’s final.

Men’s 400m: Edward Hitchler finished sixth in 48.18 to qualify for the final heat.

Men’s 800m: Jack Howard qualified for Sunday’s final with a time of 1:51.02 and a third-place finish. Cameron Eckert was 13th in 1:52.27, Blake Choplin was 14th in 1:52.39, Kevin Labus was 16th in 1:52.58 and Mitch Lorenz finished 18th with a tiem of 1:53.42.

Men’s 400m Hurdles: Balazs Molnar finished 11th in 53.38, and Matthew Brown was 14th in 54.02 in the preliminary heat.

Men’s 3000m Steeplechase: Kelly Lynch scored points for the Irish with an eighth-place time of 9:02.67. Joe Miller finished 11th in 9:07.85, Ryan Gamboa was 15th in 9:24.19 and Thomas Noel was 16th in 9:43.07.

Men’s 10,000m: Dan Jackson finished sixth with a time of 30:16.33. Syracuse’s Tito Medrano was the top runner at 29:38.20.

Men’s Shot Put: Denes Veres won his first conference crown and set a new Notre Dame record with a mark of 18.57m (60-11 1/4). John Belcher finished third, earning all-BIG EAST honors at 17.37m (57-00). Andrew Hills finished sixth at 17.17m (56-04) and Anthony Thomas was 16th at 14.83m (48-08).

Men’s High Jump: Doug Onuscheck finished 11th at 1.94m (6-04 1/4). Rutgers’ Adam Bergo was the top jumper at 2.16m (7-01).

Men’s Long Jump: Eric Quick finished second at 7.44m (24-05), just behind Louisville’s Tone Belt in first at 7.55m (24-09 1/4).

Men’s Discus Throw: David Anderson finished 13th at 45.95m (150-09), while Anthony Thomas was 15th at 44.52m (146-01).

Women’s Heptathlon: Maddie Buttinger finished second with 5278 points, while Syracuse’s Uhunoma Osazuwa was first with 5549.

Women’s 100m Hurdles: Nevada Sorenson finished second in the preliminary heat with a time of 13.79, and Kali Watkins was eighth at 14.22. Both qualified for Sunday’s final.

Women’s 1500m: Rebecca Tracy qualified for Sunday’s final with a sixth-place time of 4:27.58. Marissa Treece finished 25th at 4:41.71.

Women’s 800m: Natalie Johnson will compete in the final heat after finished seventh with a time of 2:09.24 in the preliminaries. Abby Higgins was ninth at 2:10.87, Kelly Langhans finished 10th in 2:11.00 and Allison Schroeder finished 17th at 2:12.90.

Women’s 400m Hurdles: Joanna Schultz was the top preliminary hurdler with a time of 57.76. Ericka Nowell finished seventh at 1:01.44 and Sasha Blanchard was 12th in 1:02.23. Schultz and Nowell advanced to Sunday’s final.

Women’s 10,000m: Jessica Rydberg scored points for the Irish with a fifth-place time of 35:01.69, while Erica Watson finished 10th in 36:21.62.

Women’s Javelin: Elise Knutzen finished 12th with a throw of 37.98m (124-07). DePaul’s Melissa Fraser won the event at 47.83m (156-11).

Women’s Shot Put: Rudy Atang finished seventh at 15.02m (49-03 1/2), while Jaclyn Espinoza was 13th at 13.82m (45-04 1/4).

Women’s Pole Vault: Chrissy Finkel finished seventh at 3.60m (11-09 3/4), just ahead of Rikki Lynn London was eighth at 3.50m (11-05 3/4).

Women’s Long Jump: Jasmine Williams finished eighth at 5.72m (18-09 3/4).

Women’s Discus: Jaclyn Espinoza garnered all-league honors with a third-place toss of 50.02m (164-01). Louisville’s Jere’ Summers and D’Ana McCarty took the top two spots at 52.13m (171-00) and 51.59m (169-03), respectively.