The Louisville women’s team earned its first BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championship team title on Sunday, using the final event of the weekend to clinch the victory. The Cardinals finished with 110 points, edging Connecticut by 1.5 points to claim the title by the closest margin of victory since the 2000 championship.
The Connecticut men scored 136.75 points to win their third team title in the last four years. It was first time both the men’s and women’s team titles have been decided by fewer than five points in the same year.
The Louisville women trailed 105.5-104 heading into the final event of the championship; the 4×400-meter relay. The Cardinals claimed third in the event while Connecticut finished sixth, giving Louisville the slight edge in points to take its first team title since joining the conference.
The Cardinals scored the majority of their points in the shot put and weight throw events. After taking the top three spots in the weight throw on the first day, Louisville claimed the top four spots in the shot put on Sunday to score 29 points in the event. Sophomore Khadija Abdullah led the pack, winning the individual title with a toss of 16.70 meters. Seniors Chinwe Okoro and D’Ana McCarty followed in second and third, respectively. Sophomore Amashi-Ali Kendall rounded out the top four for the Cardinals.
Connecticut won its third BIG EAST title in the last four seasons, beating out runner-up Notre Dame by a score of 136.75-132. The Huskies accomplished the feat with three individual titles and seven other top-three finishes.
Led by head coach Greg Roy, the Connecticut coaching staff was named 2011 BIG EAST Men’s Indoor Track & Field Coaching Staff of the Year. With Ron Mann at the helm, the Louisville coaching staff earned 2011 BIG EAST Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year.
Women’s Final Scores
1. Louisville, 110
2. Connecticut, 108.5
3. Villanova, 86
4. Georgetown, 80
5. West Virginia, 66
6. Cincinnati, 58
8. Notre Dame, 56
9. Pittsburgh, 48
10. St, John’s, 38
11. Syracuse, 36
12. Providence, 19
13. DePaul, 11
14. Marquette, 5.5
Men’s Final Scores
1. Connecticut, 136.75
2. Notre Dame, 132
3. Villanova, 92
4. Louisville, 87
5. USF, 63.75
6. Georgetown, 55
7. Pittsburgh, 47
8. Rutgers, 45
9. Syracuse, 44
10. Providence, 32
11. DePaul, 29
12. Marquette, 15.5
Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year
Connecticut (Ted Gibbons, Rich Miller, Maureen Butler)
Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year
Louisville (Dale Cowper, Bryce Allen, Jake Jacoby, Terry Winston, Christine Krellwitz, Ron Mann)
Men’s Most Outstanding Track Performer
Derrick Hopkins, USF, So.
Women’s Most Outstanding Track Performer
Trisha-Ann Hawthorne, Connecticut, Sr.
Men’s Most Outstanding Field Performer
Aaron King, Connecticut, Jr.
Women’s Most Outstanding Field Performer
Chelsea Carrier, West Virginia, Sr.