Women's DMR Takes Third at NCAAs, Sets School Record!
March 12, 2010
WASHINGTON - Georgetown women's distance medley relay takes third at NCAAs and set a new school record! It was a historic day at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark., as the Hoyas set two new school records. The women's distance medley relay took third place at the NCAA Championships, besting last year's record-setting time by more than a second with a time of 11:01.40. Chris Kinney also recorded a new school record in the men's 60-meter hurdles in the preliminary round.
With three-fourths of 2009's record-setting DMR, the Hoyas were unsure of where they would place against the nation's top competition. The absence of All-American Maggie Infeld, due to graduation, left a void to be filled. Rachel Schneider and the remainder of the squad made sure that void was filled and then some!
Renee Tomlin led off the relay, dealing with making up the stagger. Tomlin kept the Hoyas in third through the first handoff. The field was still fairly close throughout the first exchange. Abigail Johnson took over the second stanza after already competing in the preliminary round of the women's 400-meter hurdles earlier in the day. Johnson kept the Hoyas in competition through her leg with Rachel Schneider taking over the 800-meter leg, also known as Maggie Infeld's spot a year ago.
Schneider chased during her leg - it seemed like Tennessee's race to lose throughout the third leg but Schneider chased the second-place Ducks for her entire stanza. Three-time All-American Emily Infeld took over anchor leg, which, at the beginning seemed like a race for second place. Infeld along with Oregon's anchor challenged Tennessee and quite a race came of it.
At bell lap, Tennessee and Oregon battled while Infeld maintained her position and solidified the Hoyas spot at third with a school-record setting time of 11:01.40 - a more than impressive effort from the women's team. Infeld's anchor split of 4:33.5 is the fastest in school history, besting Miesha Marzell's 4:36.1, set in 1996 at the ECAC Championships.
Kinney yet again broke his own school record in the men's 60-meter hurdles. His 7.81 in the preliminary round narrowly missed qualifying for the finals of the event as Clemson's Spenser Adams locked in the eighth qualifying time at 7.80 but it is two-hundredths of a second faster than the record he previously set this season at the BIG EAST Championships, where he walked away as a BIG EAST individual champion in the event.
Johnson ran a 53.99 in the women's 400-meter dash tonight, missing the final round tomorrow. Her time was the 15th-best time recorded in the preliminary round.
The Hoyas look forward to three-time All-American Infeld competing in the women's 3,000-meter run tomorrow as well as the women's 4x400-meter relay at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark., to finish off the two-day event at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.