NEW YORK - The official list of all-conference performers from last weekend’s outdoor BIG EAST Championships was announced on Tuesday afternoon, and the Villanova men’s track & field team had 11 student-athletes combine to earn 16 All-BIG EAST honors during the conference meet. Headlining the list were the three athletes who won individual events during the meet, as well as the Wildcats champion 4x800 meter relay squad.
Senior Kyle Cartwright (Oyster Bay, N.Y.), redshirt freshman Logan Wetzel (Saline, Mich.) and sophomore Thomas Conboy (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) all won their respective events last weekend, while Wetzel also teamed with sophomore Colin O’Mara (Little Rock, Ark.) and juniors Ishmael Muhammad (Mays Landing, N.J.) and Ben Malone (River Vale, N.J.) to win the 4x800 relay. Villanova hosted the outdoor BIG EAST Championships for the third time in the last four years.
Cartwright won his second career title in the 400 meter hurdles and also ran the leadoff leg of the team’s third-place 4x400 meter relay. He was one of five Wildcats who earned all-conference honors in both an individual event and a relay. The others in that group were Muhammad, Wetzel and sophomores Ville Lampinen (Vantaa, Finland) and Harry Purcell (Dublin, Ireland). Purcell was the runner-up in the 400 meters and Lampinen finished second in the 800 meters, while they each ran on the 4x400 relay.
Two of the breakthrough performances for Villanova last weekend came from Wetzel and Conboy in their debuts at the outdoor conference championships. Conboy won the pole vault on the first day of the meet with a personal best mark of 4.71 meters, while Wetzel was the champion of the 1500 meters a day later. He has made a full recovery this season after missing a year of competition due to an injury. Muhammad came in third in the 800 meters in addition to running the 4x800 relay.
Freshman sprinter Konrad Bayer (Naperville, Ill.) earned his first career outdoor All-BIG EAST honor as part of the 4x400 meter relay, while sophomores Sterling Pierce (Voorhees, N.J.) and Jack Judge (Palisades, N.Y.) were the runners-up in the 100 meters and the javelin, respectively. Judge threw for a personal best mark of 59.50 meters in the javelin, and improved his top distance for the third time this season.
Villanova scored in 19 of the 22 events which were contested at the BIG EAST Championships, and scored a total of 138 points to finish third in the team standings. This is the 17th time that the Wildcats have made the awards podium with a top-three team finish outdoors, while the team has now won 126 events and earned 437 All-BIG EAST honors all-time.
Below is a full list of the Wildcats all-conference honors from the outdoor BIG EAST Championships.
Konrad Bayer: 4x400 meter relay
Kyle Cartwright: 400 meter hurdles, 4x400 meter relay
Thomas Conboy: Pole Vault
Jack Judge: Javelin
Ville Lampinen: 800 meters, 4x400 meter relay
Ben Malone: 4x800 meter relay
Ishmael Muhammad: 800 meters, 4x800 meter relay
Colin O’Mara: 4x800 meter relay
Sterling Pierce: 100 meters
Harry Purcell: 400 meters, 4x400 meter relay
Logan Wetzel: 1500 meters, 4x800 meter relay