Big East championships

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Big East Indoor Track and Field Championships return to the biggest name in the sport – the Armory – on Friday and Saturday.

It is the second consecutive year and fifth time in six years that the fabled Armory in upper Manhattan has hosted the championships.

Competition begins on Friday morning with a schedule heavy with field events. Saturday’s program starts in the afternoon with a line-up of running finals including the men and women’s mile.

Perennial league powerhouses Georgetown, Providence and Villanova, with a combined 33 men’s and women’s leagues titles, will be joined by newcomers Butler and Xavier to showcase some of the nation’s finest track and field student-athletes. DePaul, Marquette and the St. John’s women will also compete.

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No. 10 Penn State will participate in the Alex Wilson Invitational. ... In Division II action, No. 2 Grand Valley State will host the GVSU Tune-Up No. 9 New Haven will head to the Northeast-10 Conference championships and No. 7 Alaska-Anchorage will run in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship. ... Division III's MIT, Williams, and Wheaton will compete at the New England championships.