Georgetown's Middle Distance Sets the Pace at Colonial Relays
April 2, 2010
WASHINGTON - As the Hoyas competed at the Colonial Relays today, hosted by the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., it was clear that as usual, they made their presence felt throughout almost all the track events. The Hoyas will return for the second day of competition tomorrow that features a day of relays and the finals of the men's and women's 100-meter dash. GU had an especially strong performance from its middle distance runners.
The men's 1500-meter run was filled with Hoyas in the top positions with Alex Bean finishing second (3:47.14) followed by Dylan Sorensen in third (3:47.82) and Alex Mason in fourth (3:47.83). Even more impressive, the Hoyas had five other representatives, some running unattached, in the race in Andrew Springer with an 11th-place finish (3:50.25), Ayalew Taye (17th, 3:51.91), Levi Miller (22nd, 3:54.75), Dan Leyh (26th, 3:56.36) and Cabel Rosanelli (31st, 3:57.59). According to the latest update on Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS), Bean's time would rank as the 11th-best collegiate time recorded in the country this season and the fastest by a BIG EAST student-athlete.
Former Hoya and four-time All-American Maggie Infeld, who has chosen to continue her running career while also taking classes as a first year medical student at Georgetown, took first place in the women's 800-meter run with a time of 2:06.69. Christine Whalen finished third (2:08.88) while Rachel Schneider and Avril Ogrodnick took sixth (2:10.41) and seventh (2:10.97), respectively. All were BIG EAST qualifying times.
Much like Infeld, All-American Liam Boylan-Pett is continuing his running career beyond his eligibility on the Hilltop, and he finished second in the men's 800-meter dash with a time of 1:49.82. Theon O'Conner took fifth place (1:50.89) and former Hoya and All-American Mike Banks timed in at 1:52.97 to take 13th place.
In the women's 1500-meter run, Lauren Borduin, Lauren Gregory and Lise Ogrodnick finished fifth (4:29.84), sixth (4:30.87) and seventh (4:31.87), respectively. The trio qualified for the BIG EAST Championship along with Kelsey Malmquist who timed in at 4:33.41 for 10th place.
Amanda Walsh was the lone Hoya entered in the women's 5,000-meter run where she took fourth (17:05.58).
The success for the Hoyas was not just with the middle distance program - the sprinters and hurdlers also had a very successful day. Toby Ulm easily took first place in the men's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.42, nearly a second faster than the second-place runner from Monmouth. As of Friday night, Ulm's time would rank as the eighth-best time in the country by an NCAA student-athlete, according to TFRRS.
Amanda Kimbers and Tenille Stoudenmire both got through the preliminaries and the semifinals to qualify for the finals of the women's 100-meter dash. Kimbers took the top time of both rounds with a 11.78 in the semifinals while Stoudenmire's 11.98 qualified her for tomorrow's final. Both qualified for the conference championship in May.
A trio of Hoyas qualified for the finals of the men's 100-meter dash tomorrow with Kenny Mitchell running the fastest time of the day with a 10.53 in the preliminary. Christian Tobias and Kadeem Hunter also qualify for Saturday's final with their best times coming in the prelim - 10.96 and 10.93, respectively.
All-American Abigail Johnson finished third in the women's 400-meter dash with a time of 54.92 while Deidra Sanders finished sixth (56.25) - both qualified for the league championships. In the men's 400-meter dash, Austin Perron qualified for the league championships with a sixth-place time of 48.43.
This is the first year that the NCAA has transitioned to its new format - two preliminary rounds to the NCAA Championships, rather than the regional system that consisted of the North, East, South and West. The preliminary rounds in Greensboro, N.C., and Austin, Texas, will be based on the descending order list rather than have a cutoff time like in previous years.