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LIVE BLOG! Saturday at Penn Relays, Hoyas on the Track, Usain Bolt!

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The third and final installment of the live blog from Penn is here!  Are you excited for a thrilling day of track at Penn?  This girl is!  The events I'm most looking forward to are of course the ones where the Hoyas are competing - and second to those events, I'm most excited for the Men's 4x100-meter Relay - USA vs. the World!  The fastest man alive, Usain Bolt, will be competing for Jamaica and I am so excited.  As usual, I've provided links for you to keep up with all the action live from Penn Relays!

 

 Live Results | Live Video Stream (via FloTrack) | Friday's Recap (GUHoyas.com)

 

5:53 p.m. UPDATE!

Okay, it's about that time for me to get back to the bus with everyone else.  Look out for my full recap of the day's events and we'll try to get some more videos posted when I meet up with some of our athletes on the bus!

 

5:47 p.m. UPDATE!

The women's 4x400-meter relay just finished third in the ECAC section of the finals.  London Finley led off for the Hoyas, staying in second through the exchange to Deidra Sanders.  Deidra held that position with Sarah Wernik taking over the third leg.  The Hoyas slipped to the fifth/sixth position with Abigail Johnson anchoring.  A solid anchor leg from Abigail propelled the Hoyas back up to third place! 

 

Watch the video below as I caught up with Maggie Infeld and Liz Maloy who finished first and second in the Olympic development women's mile!

 

 

4:09 p.m. UPDATE!

Official times from the Olympic Development Women's Mile:

1. Maggie Infeld (4:36.40); 2. Elizabeth Maloy (4:36.93); 4. Emily Infeld (4:38.01); 6. Renee Tomlin (4:41.89)

 

3:45 p.m. UPDATE!

Well, it was a failed attempt from this SID to get to my current and former student-athletes.  My credential denies infield access and I was just held for 20 minutes while they prepped for the exit of Usain Bolt and the Jamaican Gold team.  I will look for Maggie, a Penn Relays Champion as of 40 minutes ago, after she is done with her cool down.

 

3:09 p.m. UPDATE!

Not to continue talking about Usain - but, it was quite impressive.  He split an 8.79 in his anchor leg of the Penn Relays record-setting 4x100m time of 37.90.  Congratulations, Jamaica!

 

3:05 p.m. MAGGIE INFELD UPDATE!

Former Hoya and four-time All-American Maggie Infeld is a Penn Relays champion in the Olympic Development Women's Mile!  Congrats, Maggie!  Liz Maloy finishes second!  Way to go, Hoyas!

 

2:57 p.m. JA-MAI-CA UPDATE!

Wow, to say that was one of the most thrilling sports moments of my life would be an understatement.  I just watched the Jamaica Gold team run a 37.90 with Usain Bolt anchoring to win the 2010 Men's 4x100-meter Relay USA vs. the World.  It is a frenzy here at Franklin Field and I cannot see an empty seat in the entire place.  JA-MAI-CA!

 

Back to work!  Four of our current and former Hoyas are in the Olympic Development Women's Mile - four-time All-American Liz Maloy, four-time All-American Maggie Infeld and current (redshirting) Hoyas five-time All-American Emily Infeld and two-time All-American Renee Tomlin.  Here we go!

 

2:51 p.m. UPDATE! USAIN BOLT UPDATE!
Okay, we're barely behind schedule here - but it's time to see USAIN BOLT!

 

2:13 p.m. UPDATE!

And Georgetown finishes sixth in the Women's 4x800-meter Relay Championship of America.

 

2:11 p.m. UPDATE!

It's turned into three sets of races with LSU and Tennessee in the first race, Oregon and Duke in the race for third and fourth and Georgetown and Boston College battling for fifth/sixth.  Christine Whalen is anchoring this Hoya team!

 

2:08 p.m. UPDATE! 

Lauren Borduin ran a solid first leg to handoff to Rachel Schneider in good positioning.  Rachel has spent much of her time keeping up with the front pack with Avril Ogrodnick taking over the third leg. 

 

2:03 p.m. UPDATE!

Well, Jamaica just won the Women's SMR USA vs. the World - cheers of JA-MAI-CA were just heard throughout the crowd.  Now it is time for the Women's 4x800-meter Relay Championship of America!  Lauren Borduin to lead off for the Hoyas!

 

1:44 p.m. UPDATE!

It is a PACKED HOUSE here today.  The stands on the east side of the stadium are full of fans wearing green, yellow and black to support Jamaica.  We've got horns, bells, flags, pretty much anything you can think of - even more, the cheers are unreal!

 

1:41 p.m. UPDATE!

Well, there was just a loud uproar after my last post.  My initial reaction was, "Yes! It is awesome that our men's 4x100m team broke a school record!" but then I realized that perhaps there was something else that was bringing the crowd noise to a brimming level ... and it was none other than Usain Bolt and the Jamaican men's 4x100-meter relay team warming up on the infield. 

 

1:39 p.m. UPDATE!  NEW SCHOOL RECORD!

The men's 4x100-meter relay team finishes second in the IC4A section of the finals with a time of 40.66 - a new school record!  Previous record was 40.75, set in 2008.  The best time the Hoyas have put forth this season was a 40.76 at the Raleigh Relays.

 

1:27 p.m. UPDATE!

16:22.57 sixth

Georgetown finishes sixth with a time of 16:22.57 in the men's 4xMile Relay Championship of America.  As soon as I get splits - I will be sure to update the blog with them!

 

1:23 p.m. UPDATE!
And it's like déjà vu all over again.  Andrew Bumbalough is taking over the anchor - just like he did in yesterday's DMR.  Starting in fifth after the exchange - he's already passed Princeton to take fourth after one lap. 

 

1:19 p.m. UPDATE!

Alex Bean ran a strong second leg with freshman Dylan Sorensen taking over the third leg.  He's staying a solid fourth right now with Princeton, Oregon and Indiana battling for the top three. 

 

1:15 p.m. UPDATE!

Alex Mason ran a spectacular first leg of the men's 4xMile giving Alex Bean great positioning to stay at the front of the pack for the second leg.

 

1:09 p.m. UPDATE!

Here we go - we're ready to start the Men's 4xMile Championship of America!

 

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Let's talk about the atmosphere here.  I've been referring to it as Jamaica North since before I got here - and I'm pretty sure my description was spot on!  Any race where a Jamaican or a Jamaican school is competing, you can trust that you will not hear anything but the cheers, cowbells and "woops" as a team starts to gain on another.  It's safe to say that I wish I had some yellow, green and black to sport from my seat on press row. 

 

So, just in case you missed it since it was a late addition to my recap yesterday.  I wanted to remind everyone that for the second time here at Penn Relays as a Hoya, six-time All-American Andrew Bumbalough ran a sub-four split in the 1,600-meter anchor leg of the DMR.  I caught up with Andrew later and this is what he had to say regarding his split, the fastest of the day:

 

"Our first three legs did a great job of getting me the stick close enough to the front pack that I would have a good shot of finishing in the top three," Bumbalough said.  "I was especially impressed with the poise that freshman, Dylan Sorrenson, showed on the leadoff 1,200-meter leg. I got the stick and made up ground on the first few teams and then sat comfortably until it was time to move to the front of the chase pack. Coming onto the homestretch, I felt like my sprint speed was good, but not great. That sort of pop in my legs will come as the season progresses and I race more. Overall, I am fairly pleased with my second race of the season and our teams performance in the DMR."

 

So, let's talk about what we've got ahead of us today. 

1 p.m. - Men's 4xMile Championship of America

1:22 p.m. - Men's 4x100-meter Relay - IC4A

1:55 p.m. - Women's 4x800-meter Relay Championship of America

2:55 p.m. - Olympic Development Women's Mile Run

4:05 p.m. - Olympic Development Men's Mile Run

4:20 p.m. - Men's 4x800-meter Relay Championship of America

5:45 p.m. - Women's 4x400-meter Relay - ECAC

 

For those fans who have the same Jamaican fever as this SID:

2:50 p.m. - Olympic Development Men 4x100-meter Relay USA vs. the World - Usain Bolt will be running!

 

Below is my view from press row (photo taken earlier today):

 

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