It's the Sunday of a BIG EAST Track & Field Championship - an undoubtedly exciting day! We're coming to you live from Stile Field House on the campus of the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. That's right, we're not in a BIG EAST city ... but, when the facility looks like this, I can live with that. I've got an awesome vantage point for all the action from my elevated press area and that just means that I can get you the most up-to-date coverage on all the action on the track!
2:41 p.m. UPDATE!
To my loyal readers out there. I have to get going as I have a flight to catch but stay tuned to www.GUHoyas.com for all the latest updates!
2:23 p.m. UPDATE!
The women's 4x800-meter relay team finishes third with a time of 8:48.81 behind Villanova (8:42.88) and UConn (8:42.94). It was a thrilling finish! Nice job getting on that podium again, Georgetown!
1:51 p.m. UPDATE!
Emily Jones takes fourth place in the women's 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:25.75. Katie McCafferty finishes seventh - 9:27.91. Both times are still unofficial.
1:28 p.m. UPDATE!
Amanda Kimbers takes second place in the 200-meter dash! Her time of 24.01 is second to Trisha-Anne Hawthorne's 23.86. Nice job, Amanda!
1:05 p.m. UPDATE!
Well, I did not get my wish ... St. John's won the second heat with a time of 55.04 from Molly Ellis. This will serve as my official shoutout to Will Bryan, track & field SID at St. John's, as well as the rest of the St. John's staff! The men's basketball team had a big win over No. 4/4 Pittsburgh ... I think they officially booked their ticket to March Madness with that win. BIG EAST men's basketball - it's unpredictable!
1:01 p.m. UPDATE!
London Finley and Deidra Sanders go one and two (55.26 and 55.41, respectively) in the first heat of the women's 400-meter dash. Let's hope the second heat ends up being a slow one for our Hoyas!
12:55 p.m. UPDATE!
Toby Ulm may have come out of the stagger a little strong in the men's 500 as he sat in first place but got overtaken in his heat to finish fourth in the heat - possibly fifth overall (unofficial). He timed in at 1:03.31 unofficially ... I will update you as soon as I have full results.
12:53 p.m. UPDATE!
Emily Menges takes seventh in the women's 500-meter dash with a time of 1:14.25. Next up is Toby Ulm in the men's 500 meters!
12:25 p.m. UPDATE!
It came down to the final straightaway and Rachel Schneider got edged out in the final strides as she took third overall with a time of 4:46.96 in the women's mile behind Notre Dame (4:46.61) and Villanova (4:46.80). Another podium spot for the Hoyas!
12:12 p.m. UPDATE!
In the greatest turn of events for the day - the Stile Field House just rocked some Beastie Boys "No Sleep "Til Brooklyn" Uhhh-mazing.
12:02 p.m. UPDATE!
Amanda Kimbes runs a 7.61 in the women's 60-meter dash! It's not podium, but she ran hard!
11:51 p.m. UPDATE! CHRIS KINNEY IS A BACK-TO-BACK BIG EAST CHAMPION!
Chris Kinney is a back-to-back BIG EAST Champion as he defends his title in the men's 60-meter dash, tying his school record of 7.75! Congratulations to Chris, the first back-to-back GU individual indoor BE champion since
Davin Williams in the triple jump in 2002 and 2003! Sean Flynn in the 35-lb. weight throw in 1999, 2000 and 2001! Davin Williams actually won the triple jump in 2001 and 2003 ... I should have known to trust my own publication for the history and tradition of Georgetown track & field rather than someone else's.
11:48 p.m. UPDATE!
London Finley takes eighth in the women's 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.80. Get ready for Chris Kinney in the men's 60-meter hurdles!
11:23 p.m. UPDATE!
Tough one for the Hoyas. I didn't see when it happened but Chelsea Cox pulled up in the women's 800-meter run. Becca Deloache took seventh with an unofficial time of 2:12.59. We've got a little break as the men's 800-meter goes out and then we're back in action with both the women's and men's 60-meter hurdles.
11:13 p.m. UPDATE!
Billy Ledder secures a spot on the podium! In a great sprint for the end, Billy Ledder takes third in the men's 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:27.73, edging out the fourth-place competitor. Dan Leyh takes fifth (2:28.47) and Bobby Peavey finishes seventh (2:29.49). Congrats to our Hoyas - that's two races and two top-three finishes! Hoya Saxa!
Current song playing at Stile Field House: something unrecognizable which is surprising because they've played a lot of pop and top 40 the entire time!
11:03 p.m. UPDATE!
Lauren Borduin ran a great race and made the podium by taking third place in the women's 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:48.56. Sheila Reid of Villanova took first place with a new meet record time of 2:43.70 (unofficial). Congrats to Lauren Borduin!
10:56 p.m. UPDATE!
Current song playing at Stile Field House: The Killers' "Mr. Brightside"
I'd like to extend a shoutout to Mex Carey, Sports Information Director at Georgetown and my boss, as he was nice enough to include the happenings of my sports in his live blog last night while he was at the Sun Dome in Tampa. We all have different ways of blogging ... I'm very specific about noting when I make updates and going in reverse chronological order for the reader who is constantly hitting refresh (I believe that there are thousands of Hoya fans frantically clicking refresh to get the latest up-to-date happenings of the track & field team). Mex on the other hand continues his blog with a simple intro at the beginning of a paragraph if it is a new time. It's like reading someone's stream of consciousness or the writings of William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch) or Jack Kerouac (On the Road, The Dharma Bums) - minus the hallucinogenic drugs ... that's right, I just dropped some literary knowledge - it's not all sports all the time in Sports Information, we're also cultured. Anyway, if you had a chance to read his blog, we should all applaud his accomplishment in providing coffee for Head Coach John Thompson III, Assistant Coaches Mike Brennan and Robert Kirby, and Greg Roberts ... in addition to himself, obviously.
Mex deserves a blog high five (you can sense it through the computer screen as you read this, I'm sure) because the typical fan doesn't understand what goes into an athletic event from this side. While fans get to take in two hours of entertainment, a two-hour event is about six plus hours of day-of work on our end. Don't get me wrong - I'm not complaining, one of the greatest things ever is going to a track meet and calling it work ... but sometimes that cup of coffee is crucial. In the instance of our office, you could replace "coffee" with "Diet Coke" and Barb Barnes would agree. Ry would probably agree if we said "Coke Zero" or "Redbull" ... and as for John Cantalupi and Haley Rossiter, we haven't figured out their vices just yet. I'm sure they have them though. For the late Drew Wiseman (he left us for Ohio University) - I think he needed Five Guys to get him through some of the toughest work battles. I believe it was a cold and rainy softball tournament when he requested three Five Guys cheeseburgers (plain, of course) to get through the rest of the day. I miss that kid.
We're just about ready to get started here ... so, stay tuned for updates!
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Let's round up Saturday's action before to get the day going because it was quite a day of Hoya notables! Emily Jones, in just her first BIG EAST indoor championship can now call herself a BIG EAST Champion. Looking like a seasoned veteran in her race, Emily dropped the hammer and hit her stride as everyone else seemingly plateaued (Microsoft Word claims that isn't a word ... I beg to diifer). Emily became the fifth-ever Hoya to win the women's 5,000-meter run with the most recent GU win coming in 2008.
The men's DMR - anchored by Ayalew Taye - ran such a smart race and showed poise and patience throughout the entirety of the race. Andrew Springer ran the leadoff leg with Austin Perron taking over the 400-meter stanza. Perron brought a burst from the crowd as he put the Hoyas in a definitive second place before handing off to Toby Ulm. Toby kept the Hoyas in the top two and a smooth handoff to Ayalew secured the Hoyas in prime position. If you were watching the race, you only realized after it was over that Ayalew was in complete control ... during the race, one would maybe think that he pressed too early when he challenged on the outside with about 480 meters remaining as he took first but relinquished it at the bell. However, a surge through the final turn and a sprint up the homestretch left an amazed crowd and an ecstatic Hoya cheering section. Last night was the first time since 1999 that Georgetown had won the men's DMR at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships. Quite a feat for these four and we couldn't be more proud of our student-athletes.
Check below for a schedule of what is coming up today!
11 a.m. - Women's 1,000-Meter Run Finals: Lauren Borduin
11:10 a.m. - Men's 1,000-Meter Run Finals: Billy Ledder, Dan Leyh, Bobby Peavey
11:20 a.m. - Women's 800-Meter Run Finals: Chelsea Cox, Becca DeLoache
11:40 a.m. - Women's 60-Meter Hurdles Finals: London Finley
11:50 a.m. - Men's 60-Meter Hurdles Finals: Chris Kinney, Biyerem Okengwu
Noon - Women's 60-Meter Dash Finals: Amanda Kimbers
12:20 p.m. - Women's Mile Run Finals: Rachel Schneider
12:30 .m. - Men's Mile Run Finals: Dylan Sorensen, Max Darrah
12:40 p.m. - Women's 500-Meter Dash Finals: Emily Menges
12:50 p.m. - Men's 500-Meter Dash Finals: Toby Ulm
1 p.m. - Women's 400-Meter Dash Finals: London Finley, Deidra Sanders
1:10 p.m. - Men's 400-Meter Dash Finals: Hansel Akers
1:20 p.m. - Women's 200-Meter Dash Finals: Amanda Kimbers
1:30 p.m. - Men's 200-Meter Dash Finals: Sean Suber, Christian Tobias
1:40 p.m. - Women's 3,000-Meter Run Finals: Emily Jones, Katie McCafferty
2 p.m. - Men's 3,000-Meter Run Finals: Ayalew Taye, T.C. Lumbar
2:15-3 p.m. RELAYS! (4x800-Meter Relay and 4x400-Meter Relay)
Current song playing at Stile Field House: Ke$ha's "Tik Tok"
For the record, I did wake up this morning feeling a little like P. Diddy ... ha ha, wow, couldn't even type that with a straight face. Congrats, Ke$ha, your lyrics - while annoyingly catchy - are ridiculous enough to make the Hoya Insider blog.