Hoyas Middle Distance and Distance Hit Their Stride at New Balance and Giegengack
Feb. 6, 2010
WASHINGTON - Five Hoyas ran BIG EAST and ECAC marks as they dominated the field in the women's mile today at the New Balance Invitational held at The Armory in New York City. Three-time All-American Emily Infeld ran an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the event (4:36.83) and finished second overall. The women's 800-meter run was simply one in a day full of highlights at both the New Balance Invitational and the Giegengack Invitational in New Haven, Conn.
All-American Renee Tomlin finished fourth in the women's mile as her time (4:47.34) was enough for an NCAA qualifying mark. Lauren Gregory, Rachel Schneider and Lauren Borduin finished sixth (4:50.05), eighth (4:51.48) and 12th (4:53.38) in the event - all were BIG EAST and ECAC qualifying times.
Continuing the Georgetown tradition in the middle distance, Christine Whalen finished eighth (2:12.33) in the women's 800-meter championship, qualifying for the BE and ECAC Championships. Lise Ogrodnick placed ninth in the women's 3,000-meter championship with a time of 9:57.69.
Former four-time All-American Maggie Infeld ran in the women's 800-meter open, competing unattached, and finished second with a time of 2:06.38.
In the sprints category, the quartet in the women's 4x400-meter championship finished eighth with an ECAC-qualifying time of 3:41.81. The men's 4x400-meter championship squad placed fourth, timing in at 3:16.85 to qualify for the IC4A Championships.
In New Haven, Conn., a contingent of Hoyas competed at the Giegengack Invitational and as usual, Georgetown showed its strength in the middle distance and distance events with Hoyas flooding the fields with superb qualifying marks.
Alex Bean continues his strong season with a first-place performance in the mile (4:04.54) followed by Alex Mason in second (4:04.71), Sandy Roberts in third (4:04.75) and former Hoya and All-American Mike Banks, competing unattached, in fourth (4:06.29) and Cabel Rosanelli in seventh (4:10.49). The quartet of current Hoyas all hit BIG EAST and IC4A marks.
Much like the mile, it seemed there was an onslaught of Hoyas crossing the finish line in the men's 3,000-meter run with Mark Dennin taking first (8:06.14), followed by Levi Miller in second (8:10.21), Ayalew Taye in fourth (8:18.52) and James Grimes in sixth (8:19.67) - all were BIG EAST and IC4A qualifying marks.
Theon O'Connor finished second in the men's 800-meter run with a time of 1:50.64. Dan Leyh timed in at 2:28.19 in the men's 1,000-meter run for third place and a berth to the BIG EAST and IC4A Championships.
Marcie Sobrinski rounded out a day of impressive times with her second-place performance in the women's 3,000-meter run, qualifying for the BIG EAST and ECAC Championships with her time of 9:50.72.
The Hoyas continue next weekend at the Husky Invitational in Seattle, Wash., while also traveling to Boston, Mass., on Saturday for the Valentine Invitational.