Georgetown Ends Competition at Penn State Invitational with a Slew of Postseason Qualifiers
Redshirt junior Michael Banks took second in the 1000m invitational with a time of 2:26.78

Redshirt junior Michael Banks took second in the 1000m invitational with a time of 2:26.78

Jan. 26, 2008

Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University track & field team finished up day two at the Penn State National Invitational today held at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track. The men's team added 14 qualifiers to the postseason today after four student-athletes put up postseason times on the first day of competition. The women timed in with 13 new qualifiers on the second day after two student-athletes hit qualifying times yesterday. The two-day event featured competition from four USTFCCCA Top 25 teams while the men's side included one team from the top 25.

On the women's side, the Hoyas dominated the field in the 1000m invitational with three runners donning the Blue and Gray finishing in the top five. Sophomore Renee Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) placed second with a time of 2:48.22 followed up by senior Maggie Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) in third place. Placing fifth with a time of 2:52.51 was junior Avril Ogrodnick (Beaconsfield, Quebec/Beaconsfield). All three times qualified for the BIG EAST Championship and the ECAC Championship.

In the mile invitational, graduate student Elizabeth Maloy (Loudonville, N.Y./The Academy of Holy Names) qualified for the postseason and took first place with a time of 4:43.02 while junior Lise Ogrodnick (Beaconsfield, Quebec/Beaconsfield) finished seventh and also hit postseason times with a 4:52.17 performance. Also putting up a first-place finish was senior Ashley Hubbard (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) who timed in at 1:12.70 in the 500m invitational. Sophomore Lauren Gregory (Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls) finished third in the 3000m invitational with senior Joanna Rodgers (Fairfax, Va./J.W. Robinson/NC State) timing in at 9:56.94 to take ninth place. Both times qualified for the postseason in both the BE and ECAC.



Sophomore Marcie Sobrinski (Treichlers, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) posted a BIG EAST qualifying time in the miles while freshman Deidra Sanders (Memphis, Tenn./Eastern) and sophomore Abigail Johnson (Willingboro, N.J./Milton Hershey [Pa.]) added BE cut times in the 400m.

In the field events, sophomore Tanore Barrow (New Haven, Conn./Jmes Hillhouse) threw a 13.61 in the shot put for a BE and ECAC qualifying time while senior Alex Baptiste (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) hit a mark of 11.40 to qualify for the BE Championship.

The quartet of Tomlin, Lise Ogrodnick, Infeld and Avril Ogrodnick took first in the 4x800m invitational with a time of 8:57.57.

On the men's side, Georgetown put up a number of qualifiers in the invitational events. In the 500m invitational, freshman Toby Ulm (Marlborough, U.K./St. John's School and Community College) was the lone Hoya competitor and he took second place with a time of 1:04.01. Redshirt junior Michael Banks (Holden, Mass./Wachusett Regional) finished second in the 1000m with a time of 2:26.78 while freshman Ayalew Taye (Portland, Maine/Cushing Academy) finished with a time of 2:27.79. Also posting a BE and an IC4A time was seventh-place finisher Sandy Roberts, timing in at 2:27.92.

In the mile invitational, junior Levi Miller (Belfast, Maine/Belfast Area) was the first of three Hoya finishers to time in under the BE and IC4A marks with a time of 4:09.46. Senior Neil Grosscup and junior Alex Mason (Scottsdale, Ariz./Brophy Prep) finished 10th and 18th, respectively.

Junior Kenny Mitchell (Atlanta, Ga./Weber) took eighth place in the 200m invitational with a 21.91 performance to qualify for the postseason. In the 3000m invitational senior Daniel Nunn (San Luis Obispo, Calif./San Luis Obispo) was the first of three GU finishers with times to qualify for the BIG EAST Championship and the IC4A Championship as he timed in at 8:12.37 for second place. Senior Justin Scheid (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXII) and junior Mike Krisch (Hopkins, Minn./Hopkins) placed fourth and sixth, respectively.

Also adding to the BE and IC4A qualifying times were senior Scott Bastek (Saddle River, N.J./Delbarton) when he finished the 3000m with a time of 8:38.61 and senior Rasheed Thompson (Herndon, Va./Herndon) when he finished sixth in the 800m timing in at 1:53.66. The last qualifier was sophomore Danny Harris (Deer Park, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) finished fifth in the 500m with at ime of 1:04.64.

In the 4x800m relay invitational, Thompson teamed up with Taye, Banks and senior Matte Debole (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) to take first place with a time of 7:33.89.

The Hoyas return to action on February 1-2 when they race at the Giegengack Invitational in New Haven, Conn.

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