Notre Dame rolls to Big East title
Giesting wins 200-meter and 400-meter events to spark Irish
TAMPA, Fla. -- On the strength of six individual victories and a relay win over the course of three days, Notre Dame won its eighth Big East championship on Sunday afternoon at the USF Track and Field Stadium.
The men rolled past second-place and host South Florida (100 points), as the Irish scored 153 points, highlighted by 11 All-Big East performers in nine events.
Earning victories on the men's side were Kevin Schipper (pole vault), Jeremy Rae (1,500m), Chris Giesting (200m and 400m), Logan Renwick (triple jump), Andrew Hills (hammer throw) and the men's 4x800m relay team of Randall Babb, Jack Favorite, Johnathan Shawel and Rae.
For Schipper it's his sixth Big East pole vault title in a row (indoor and outdoor) and the ninth of the last 10 for the Schipper family as Kevin's older brother Matt won two indoor titles and an outdoor crown of his own.
Giesting continues his remarkable freshman campaign with two Big East titles, including breaking the school record in the 400m dash. After the meet he was named Big East Most Outstanding Track Performer, becoming the fourth in school history and first since 2002.
The total of 153 points is the third most in school history behind 172.5 points in 2004 and 164 in 2000. Notre Dame also won conference titles in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2003 and 2000.