Outdoor Track &
Field Championship Central
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Conference teams will descend upon Tampa, Fla. this weekend for The American's inaugural Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will be hosted by USF. Eight men's teams and ten women's teams will compete for titles over a packed schedule with three days of events.
The UConn men will seek to defend the title they claimed at the Indoor Track and Field Championships back on March 1 at the Armory in NYC. In the outdoor season, the Huskies took second place in their Dog Fight Meet against Albany, took two first place titles at the Specs Town Invitational, and had strong performances at the Larry Ellis Invitational and Penn Relays.
Louisville and Houston, the second and third place teams at the indoor championships, will also be major contenders to watch. The Cardinals have set a number of school and meet records in a strong spring campaign, and enter the conference championships fresh off 14 top-five finishes at the UK Relays. The Cougars have also had a strong outdoor season, highlighted by a second place finish against a tough field at the Texas Invitational, and feature an extremely strong crew of sprinters that dominate the conference leaderboards in those events.
Individuals to Watch
Cameron Burrell, Houston – The freshman was a first-team All-American in the indoor season, setting a school record in the 60-meter dash. Burrell's time of 10.25 seconds in the 100-meter dash in the top in the conference in the outdoor season. He is one of three Cougars to post one of the top four times in the conference in the 100-meter dash. Burrell also is a top contender in the 200-meter dash, with his 20.65 second time second in the conference to teammate Errol Nolan.
Pauls Pujats, Memphis – The junior, who became the second All-American pole vaulter in Memphis history during indoor season, currently tops the conference with a mark of 5.54m (18'2"), set at his home Memphis Invitational.
Corey Crawford, Rutgers – The junior took second place in the long jump at the national championship meet during the indoor season, and set his career-best at the conference meet of 8.2m (26'-11.75"). He posted the top jump during of the conference during the outdoor season last week at 7.90m (25'11") to win at the Penn Relays.
On the women's side, SMU brings the Indoor title with them into this weekend's championships. The Mustang field athletes will be a key to SMU's title defense. SMU captured female field athlete of the week awards three times in the first four weeks of the season, with Lucija Cvitanovic, and Helena Perez (twice) capturing the honors. Entering the Championship, a Mustang holds the best mark in the conference in five different field events.
UConn fell just short of the top spot during the Indoor Championship, and will push for this season's outdoor title. After a runner up at last season's Big East Outdoor Championships, the Huskies will look towards Celina Emerson (conference's fastest in the 400-meter at 53.09) and Brigette Mania (conference best 4:21.04 in the 1500-meter) to propel them towards the title.
USF is also a contender led by the strength of its student athletes in the jumping events. Triple jumper Marqueshia Stallworth has the best mark in the conference at 12.80m, while Courtney Anderson (high jump best of 1.78m), Natasha Stewart (long jump best of 6.32m) both sit just behind the conference leaders.
Individuals to Watch
Anne-Marie Blaney, UCF – A standout long distance runner who has already made her mark at conference championships this year in cross country and indoor track. Blaney's time of 16:34.57 is the conference's fastest in the 5,000 meters.
Erika Hurd, Cincinnati – Hurd comes into the conference championship fresh off a career-best high jump performance at the Drake Relays, clearing 1.84 meters to win the title and set the conference's best mark this season in the event.
Stephanie Kalu, SMU – The Mustang sprinter holds the fastest time in the conference in both the 100-meters (11.15) and the 200-meters (23.21). A strong performance from her is essential to SMU's Championship hopes.
Top Conference Marks (Courtesy of TFRRS.org)
|100m||Cameron Burrell, HOU (10.25)||Stephanie Kalu, SMU (11.15)|
|200m||Errol Nolan, HOU (20.62)||Stephanie Kalu, SMU (23.21)|
|400m||Errol Nolan, HOU (46.55)||Celina Emerson, UCONN (53.09)|
|800m||Yonas Tesfai, HOU (1:48.40)||Erica Winston, UCF (2:07.91)|
|1,500m||Michael O'Donnell, UCONN (3:51.08)||Brigitte Mania, UCONN (4:21.04)|
|5,000m||Tyler Byrne, LOU (14:12.88)||Anne-Marie Blaney, UCF (16:34.57)|
|10,000m||Ernest Kibet, LOU (29:29.05)||Emily Durgin, UCONN (34:22.20)|
|100H||Sade-Mariah Greenidge, HOU (13.17)|
|110H||Isaac Williams, HOU (13.44)|
|400H||Calvin Arsenault, LOU (51.86)||Maya Williamson, MEM (59.62)|
|3,000 Steeple||Mattias Wolter, LOU (8:42.20)||Benadate Cheruiyot, LOU (10:22.18)|
|4x100m Relay||Houston (39.70)||Houston (44.22)|
|4x400m Relay||Houston (3:08.27)||Rutgers (3:34.61)|
|High Jump||Darius Lynwood, MEM (2.11m)||Erika Hurd, CIN (1.84m)|
|Pole Vault||Pauls Pujats, MEM (5.54m)||Karley King, HOU (4.21m)|
|Long Jump||Corey Crawford, RU (7.90m)||Jen Clayton, UCF (6.42m)|
|Triple Jump||Matthew O'Neal, USF (16.15m)||Marqueshia Stallworth, USF (12.80m)|
|Shot Put||Yannik Schaly, MEM (18.50m)||Helena Perez, SMU (15.92m)|
|Discus||Macklin Tudor, CIN (58.20m)||Rayann Chin, SMU (52.48m)|
|Hammer||Sam Bombaugh, LOU (62.96m)||Helena Perez, SMU (61.34m)|
|Javelin||Thomas Carr, RU (71.51m)||Lucija Cvitanovic, SMU (49.15m)|
|Heptathlon||Lucija Cvitanovic, SMU (5,455 pts)|
|Decathlon||Jesse Chapman, UCONN (6,871 pts)|