May 7, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa.--Eight women's track & field teams and seven men's teams will converge on Villanova Stadium this weekend for the BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which take place on Saturday and Sunday. The conference meet will be held on the Villanova campus for the first time since 2011 and the fourth time in the last seven years.
This is the 35th year of the conference meet on the men's side and the 23rd time that Villanova is serving as the host site. The Wildcats will compete for a conference title against Butler, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence and Xavier. Villanova won five team titles in a six-year span from 1981-86 and those five championships are the third most in the history of the conference. Senior Samuel Ellison (Dresher, Pa.) is a two-time defending champion in the 800 meters for the Wildcats and also earned All-BIG EAST honors last year in the 4x400 meter relay.
On the women's side Villanova is serving as the host of the BIG EAST meet for the 21st time in the 32-year history of the event. The eight conference titles won by the Wildcats over the years are the most of any women's team. Villanova has won the 4x800 meter relay at the conference meet a record 16 times, including winning the event in each of the past two years. Senior Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) has anchored each of the last two 4x800 relay champions and was also the individual champion in the 1500 meters last season. The other women's teams competing for the conference crown are Butler, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's and Xavier.
The action this weekend gets underway on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with the start of the men's decathlon and women's heptathlon. The multi-events and several field events get underway early on Saturday, while the first event on the track will be the preliminaries of the 1500 meters starting at 1 p.m. On Sunday the multi-events will continue at 9 a.m. and the first running event will be the 4x100 meter relay at 11 a.m. The link at the top of this release contains the full schedule of events for the meet as well as other pertinent information.