Louisville had a historic performance at the Big East Outdoor Championships.
The Cardinal women are the second team in conference history to win four-consecutive outdoor titles, and the first to capture indoor and outdoor league titles in the same year since 2005 when Pittsburgh pulled off that feat.
“To win the Big East title, ever, is an accomplishment,” said Louisville coach Ron Mann. “To win two in a row or four in a row is virtually unheard of. Of the teams in the Big East, no one has done that. I’m so humbled and proud of the athletes, the coaching staff, and all the props in the world to the city of Louisville, our athletic administration and our President, Dr. James Ramsey.”
Someone else deserving of props is D’Ana McCarty as she claimed her first women’s hammer throw title with a toss of 59.59m/195-6. McCarty, a senior from Indianapolis with three Big East indoor titles to her credit, won her first outdoor title in impressive fashion with a throw more than 14 feet better than the runner-up.
But that’s not all. McCarty was also named Big East Most Outstanding Field Performer of the meet. She is the fourth athlete in Big East history to win three field event titles in one meet. In addition to the discus title, McCarty won titles in both the shot put and hammer throw. Of the team’s 117 points – second-most in Louisville’s four-title run – McCarty’s three titles earned her team 30 points.
Need to Know
• Texas A&M loss is Alabama’s gain twice over. Wednesday Aggies assistant coach Dan Waters was named head coach for both the men’s and women’s track coach at Alabama. Waters will take over the program following the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships next month. Previously, Sandy Fowler and Harvey Glance headed the women’s and men’s programs respectively. Both stepped down from their positions this spring. Waters, who will be finishing his seventh season at Texas A&M as its recruiting coordinator and distance coach, has helped the Aggies win four NCAA Outdoor Championships in the past two years, two each for the men and women.
• LSU and Texas A&M retained the top two spots in the USTFCCCA rankings for a second week in a row. Oregon, hampered by the back injury to two-time NCAA heptathlon champion Brianne Theisen, fell from No. 3 to No. 5. That pushed last week’s Nos. 4 and 5 teams – Clemson and Southern California – each up to a spot in the top-5.
• Led by Monica Kinney, Grand Valley State won its 12th consecutive GLIAC outdoor championship. Kinney, a junior from Walker, Mich., broke the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference meet record in the 1,500 meters (4 minutes, 27.10 seconds) to help the Lakers roll up 274 points, 126 points better than runner-up Ashland on Friday in Midland. Her teammate Julia Nowak also set the meet mark in the 5,000 meters (16:48.96).
• University at Albany is once again champion of the America East Conference. It was the third consecutive outdoor track and field title for the Great Danes, their sixth of the last seven outdoor conference crowns. There were several top performers for the Great Danes. Alli Rogers established a school record in winning the 400-meter dash. Rogers, a sophomore from Amherst, N.Y., won in a time of 54.62 seconds. That time set an Albany record, breaking Ellakisha Williamson’s 55.14 set in 1997. Teammates Catie Coxon won her second consecutive discus title, while Rebecca Kelly won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a season-best time (1:00.55), and Kadine Johnson won the hammer throw title.
• Holly Ozanich won two titles to help lead the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh to its 11th WIAC title. Ozanich’s won the shot put for the third consecutive year (48-4 ¾) and had a top hammer throw (186-9). UW-Oshkoch’s Christy Cazzola smashed the meet record in the 800-meters (2:08.02). She added a win in the 1,500-meter race (4:39.24), which broke the record set in 2004 by Liz Kujawa, now an assistant coach with the Titans.