Nine Student-Athletes Post NCAA Provisional Qualifying Times at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational
Feb. 9, 2008
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University track and field team posted another impressive weekend of competition at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational held in New York, N.Y. as the indoor squad put up another set of impressive numbers with 29 BIG EAST Championship qualifying times (16 men, 13 women), 17 IC4A qualifying times, 11 ECAC qualifying times and nine NCAA provisional qualifying times (3 men, 6 women). While sophomore Danny Harris (Deer Park, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) and senior Joanna Rodgers (Fairfax, Va./J.W. Robinson/NC State) were the only Hoyas to win their respective event in the two day-meet held at the Armory, even more impressive was the women's 3000m championship event where three Hoyas posted NCAA provisional qualifying times with graduate student Elizabeth Maloy (Loudonville, N.Y./Academy of Holy Names), senior Melissa Grelli (Cupertino, Calif./Presentation) and junior Lise Ogrodnick (Beaconsfield, Quebec/Beaconsfield) finishing in second, third and fifth place, respectively in the event.
In the 3000m, Maloy ran an impressive 9:22.13 to easily hit qualifying standards for the BE and ECAC Championships in addition to the NCAA provisional time. Grelli followed up with a time of 9:23.99 and Ogrodnick timed in at 9:31.28.
The Hoya women added two more NCAA provisional qualifiers in the mile as Rodgers took first place with a time of 4:46.63 and senior Maggie Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) followed up in second with a time of 4:47.89. Though her time did not meet an NCAA provisional standard, sophomore Renee Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) qualified for the BE and ECAC Championships with her fourth-place time of 4:50.47 while classmate Lauren Gregory (Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls) hit both postseason standards with a time of 4:57.58 for 11th place.
The lone entry in the 800m, senior Ashley Hubbard (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) was the sixth student-athlete on the women's side to post an NCAA provisional qualifying time as she ran the even with a time of 2:08.44, enough for fourth place.
With a time of 9:59.56 in the 3000m college run, junior Natasha LaBeaud (Folsom, Calif./Folsom) placed 13th. Sophomore Abigail Johnson (Willingboro, N.J./Milton Hershey [Pa.]) posted a BE and ECAC qualifying time in the 400m timing in at 55.96. Junior Avril Ogrodnicik (Beaconsfield, Quebec/Beaconsfield) ran the 1000m with a time of 2:53.79 for second place while sophomore Tanore Barrow's (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) 13.62m mark in the shot put also qualified her for both postseason events. Sophomore Sarah Wernik (Florence, Mass./Northhampton) finished the 200m championship with a BIG EAST qualifying time of 25.18.
For the men, NCAA provisional qualifying times were in the 3000m championship and the mile championship. In the 3000m, junior Andrew Bumbalough (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) finished second with a time of 7:53.63 while senior Matt Debole (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) finished fourth timing in at 7:56.03, both enough for NCAA provisional qualifying times. In the same event, junior Levi Miller (Belfast, Maine/Belfast Area) qualified for the BE and IC4A Championships with a time of 8:09.79 to place 11th. Freshman Ayalew Taye (Portland, Maine/Cushing Academy) was the top finisher in the mile to don the Blue and Gray. His time of 4:03.63 met the NCAA provisional qualifying standards while senior Michael Banks (Holden, Mass./Wachusett Regional), sophomores Alex Bean (Somers, N.Y./Somers) and Sandy Roberts (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) posted BE and IC4A qualifying times and finished eighth, 10th and 12th, respectively.
Harris was the lone Hoya winner as he won the 800m college run with a BE and IC4A qualifying time of 1:52.62.
In the 200m championship, junior Kenny Mitchell (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake) put up a time of 21.51 in the preliminary round to qualify for the finals, qualifying for the BE and IC4A while Carter qualified for the BIG EAST with a time of 22.37. In the final round, Mitchell shaved his time to 21.37 for a fifth-place showing overall.
Freshman Toby Ulm (Marlborough, United Kingdom/St. John's School and Community College) ran the 400m championship timing in at 49.11 to qualify for the BIG EAST and IC4A Championships. The 1000m championship event saw two postseason qualifiers in seniors Brandon Bonsey (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) and Neil Grosscup (Minneapolis, Minn./Southwest) who finished in 2:28.05 and 2:28.81, respectively. In the 60m hurdles championship, freshman Chris Kinney (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge) finished with a time of 8.02 to qualify for the BE and IC4A Championships while junior Terrell Gissendanner's (Rochester, N.Y./Edison Tech) time fell under the BIG EAST qualifying standard as he finished with a time of 8.25. Freshman Ryan Carter (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) qualified for both postseason events as he ran the 60m championship with a time of 6.82.
For the relays, the Georgetown men took fourth place and posted an IC4A qualifying time of 9:48.32. In the 4x400m relay championship, the Georgetown quartet took 13th and hit another IC4A qualifying standard with a time of 3:16.60.
The Hoyas will take next weekend off as they prepare for the BIG EAST Championship on February 23-24 in New York, N.Y.