May 4, 2013
WASHINGTON - Andrew Springer entered the 2013 BIG EAST Track & Field Championships already owning a BIG EAST title, but on Saturday, Springer earned his first individual title as his previous win came as the leadoff of the men's indoor distance medley relay. Saturday was the second of the three-day championships held at the Bauer Track & Field Complex on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J.
Springer won the men's 10,000-meter run, a field of 24 of some of the finest student-athletes the BIG EAST has to offer. Springer bested the field by nearly six seconds as he won with a time of 29:28.64, while the second-place runner (Dominic Channon, Providence) ran 29:34.63. Springer was the first of two GU runners to score points and four to finish the race. Mark Dennin placed sixth overall with a time of 29:50.86 while Derek Armstrong and John Murray finished 14th (30:35.90) and 15th (30:40.41), respectively.
Another event that went final on Saturday was the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. The Hoyas put a trio of athletes in the top four with Max Darrah picking up second with a time of 8:58.25 followed by Dylan Sorensen in third (9:01.12) and Ryan Gil in fourth (9:02.67).
Sunday's finals will include the relays as well as Billy Ledder who qualified for the finals of the men's 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.22, qualifying on time. Bobby Peavey put up an automatic qualifying time in the men's 1,500-meter run when he ran a 4:00.03.
The Hoyas are currently in fourth place with 32 points following Saturday's events behind Connecticut (62.5), Louisville (57) and Rutgers (38.5). The rest of the field is USF (29.5) in fifth followed by Notre Dame (22), Pittsburgh (20), Syracuse (16), Marquette (13.5), Providence (9), DePaul (7), Cincinnati (5).
On the women's side, the Hoyas put three athletes in the top nine in the 10,000-meter run with two scoring points for the Blue & Gray. Kirsten Kasper ran 34:53.66 for fifth place while Annamarie Maag placed eighth, timing in at 35:38.01. Jenna Davidner finished ninth, just behind Maag, with a time of 35:40.26.
The Hoyas put two in scoring position in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase as well with Sarah Cotton finishing sixth with a time of 10:46.21 followed by Hannah Neczypor in seventh, timing in at 10:50.82.
The women's 1,500-meter run will see three Hoyas in Sunday's final with Katrina Coogan qualifying for the finals with an automatic time of 4:26.19. All-American Madeline Chambers and Kelsey Smith both made it to Sunday's final on time with respective times of 4:29.07 and 4:29.76.
Deseee King qualifies for the women's 400-meter hurdles with an automatic qualifying time of 1:00.44.
Following Saturday's events the standings are: Notre Dame (43), Connecticut (39.75), Cincinnati (37), Louisville (36), Rutgers (35), Villanova (24.5), Syracuse (20), Providence (18), USF (16.75), Pittsburgh (16), Marquette (15), Georgetown (10) and DePaul (1).
The Hoyas continue competition on Sunday at the Bauer Track & Field Complex for the final day of the 2013 BIG EAST Championships.