All in all, Day 1 of the 2019 Big East Indoor Track & Field Championships was a success for Marquette, both for the men and for the women. The MU men’s team has 68 points through five events, which puts them in first place with an eight point lead on Villanova. The women’s squad is sitting in second place behind Villanova after six events, with the Wildcats earning 71 points and MU holding 54.
There’s going to be 25 events completed on Day 2, so it’s hard to say this for certain, but it definitely looks like the two sides will be contested between Marquette and Villanova. The second place team for both the men’s and the women’s meets already have more than twice as many points as the third place team. There’s obviously a ton of points to be earned and thrown around as Saturday moves along, but the early trend tells us that it’s going to be the Wildcats and the Golden Eagles towards the top by the end of the day. The men are attempting to win their first ever Big East indoor title after finishing as the runner-up in each of the last four years, while the women are aiming at their third title in the last four years.
Marquette already has one individual Big East champion on the women’s side and three for the men. Keely Knobbe won the women’s weight throw with her first throw of the competition with a distance of 18.01 meters, while Brendan McKinney won the men’s version of the weight throw with a toss of 19.29 meters. Teammate Terrence Howard cleared 18.52 for second place, and no other competitor got past 17 meters. Cameron Jemison won the men’s pole vault at 4.85 meters, edging out VU’s Thomas Conboy’s height of 4.75. Samuel Johnson won the long jump as the favorite in the Big East, launching himself to 7.15 meters, just enough to beat out Butler’s Luke Russell at 7.09. Johnson is the first Golden Eagle to win the men’s indoor long jump.
Saturday will feature five Golden Eagles as the favorites to win their events. Joe Keys sits in second in the heptathlon with three events remaining. Daniel Armstrong is the two-time defending men’s indoor high jump champion and Marin McClowry is defending her women’s high jump title from a year ago. Ben Konopka had the best 60 meter hurdles time in the Big East coming into the meet as well.
The Big East Indoor Championships will be streamed live on the Big East Digital Network on Fox Sports Go starting at 10:25am Central time. They’ll stay on the air through the awards ceremony which is set for 3:40pm CT, but that’s dependent on the meet staying on schedule.