By Mathew Shadle
The Syracuse Track and Field Teams were in action at the 2011 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Villanova, Pennsylvania. The Orange Women finished the three-day event in seventh place overall, while the Orange Men finished in ninth. Here are the highlights from the past three days.
Senior Kelsey Rubeor started off strong, taking the lead in the women’s heptathlon. After four events Rubeor had a total of 3,328 points, highlighted by winning the shot put with a throw of 13.82.
Rubeor continued her dominance and became the BIG EAST Champion in the heptathlon. She put an exclamation point on her performance by winning two of the remaining three events, the javelin and long jump. Rubeor finished the heptathlon with 5,680 points, the second highest score in BIG EAST history.
Rubeor wasn’t the only Syracuse athlete experiencing success. Tito Medrano retained the crown of BIG EAST Champion in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 29:34.06 improving on last years BIG EAST Championship time of 29:38.20.
Junior Ieva Staponkute became the third champion for Syracuse at the 2011 BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships by winning the women’s triple jump, securing the top spot with a jump of 12.81 meters.
The Orange Track and Field Teams will be in action next weekend at the ECAC-IC4A Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ.