Indoor Track Teams Set For Big East Championships
Feb. 18, 2005
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The 2005 Indoor Big East Championships will be held this weekend at Syracuse, and a total of 39 Villanova athletes will compete in 22 different events at the Carrier Dome.
On the women's side, 19 athletes have qualified for the meet in 10 different events. Highlighting that list is junior Marina Muncan (Pancevo, Yugoslavia), who has qualified for the NCAA Championship with a time of 9:08.44 in the 3000 meters. During the indoor season, Muncan also set a facility record at the Horace Ashenfelter III Track at Penn State. Muncan ran a time of 2:45.40 in the 1000 meters, breaking the old facility record by nearly 1.5 seconds.
Muncan also ran the anchor leg on the distance medley relay team that automatically qualified for the NCAA Championship with a time of 11:05.23. The quartet also included seniors Ioana Parusheva (Sliven, Bulgaria) and Colleen Taylor (Wilmington, Del.), and sophomore Tiera Fletcher (Bronx, N.Y.).
Muncan and Parusheva each ran provisional qualifying times in the mile at the Collegiate Invitational. Muncan ran a time of 4:41.72, while Parusheva was right behind in 4:42.00. Senior Kirsty Smith (North Vancouver, B.C.) ran a provisional qualifying time of 9:23.65 in the 3000 meters, and junior Yolanda Malcolm (Brentwood, N.Y.) ran a time of 8.43 in the 60 meter hurdles.
On the men's side, 20 different athletes have qualified in 12 events. Sophomores Drew Eckman (Oxford, Pa.) and Mark Korich (Wyndmoor, Pa.) have each qualified in two events for both the Big East and IC4A Championships. Eckman ran a time of 47.62 in the 400 meters at the Penn State National Invitational, and posted a mark of 1:02.87 in the 500 meters at the NYU Invitational. Korich qualified in the 800 meters (1:53.07) and 1000 meters (2:29.77).
Freshman John Richardson has also qualified for the Big East and IC4A meets in both the 1000 meters and the Mile. Richardson ran a time of 2:29.24 in the 1000 meters at NYU, and posted a time of 4:07.14 in the Mile at Penn State.
Villanova is the defending Big East champion in the distance medley relay, and is expected to compete for the title again this season. Freshman standout Bobby Curtis (Louisville, Ky.), a Big East cross country champion this fall, is expected to run a leg on the distance medley quartet.
The 2005 Indoor Big East Championships begin on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with the contesting of the men's heptathlon and women's pentathlon events. Complete recaps will be available on the Villanova website on Saturday and Sunday evenings following the completion of each day's events.