Track & Field Battles Harsh Weather Conditions to Hit Three NCAA Regional Qualifying Times
April 12, 2008
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown track & field team split sites for the second-consecutive weekend as student-athletes traveled to Knoxville, Tenn. to compete in the Sea-Ray Relays, hosted by the University of Tennessee while others traveled to Charlottesville, Va. for the Lou Onesty Invitational, hosted by the University of Virginia. Harsh weather conditions in Knoxville including a tornado watch on Friday deemed two NCAA Regional times not legal for qualifying standards on the men's side. The women were able to tally three NCAA Regional qualifying times in Knoxville, all three in the 1500m.
Leading the way for the Hoyas in Knoxville were senior Maggie Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) who ran a second-place time of 4:25.82 in the 1500m to qualify for the NCAA Regional as well as the BIG EAST and ECAC Championships. Graduate student Elizabeth Maloy (Loudonville, N.Y./Academy of Holy Names) placed third in the event (4:26.29) also hitting an NCAA Regional mark. The third to qualify for the NCAA Regional was senior Joanna Rodgers (Fairfax, Va./J.W. Robinson/NC State) with a fifth-place mark of 4:27.35. Others donning the Blue and Gray competing in the event included sophomore Renee Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) who qualified for the BIG EAST and ECAC Championships with a time of 4:33.22 and junior Avril Ogrodnick (Beaconsfield, Quebec/Beaconsfield) with a BE qualifying mark of 4:34.83.
Battling against the forces of nature, freshman Spenser Carter (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) competed at the Sea Ray Relays in the 100m. His time of 10.40 would have been an NCAA Regional qualifying time, however, the conditions were considered not legal for qualifying standards. Also falling victim to circumstance was classmate Chris Kinney (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge) whose 14:08 mark in the 110m hurdles would easily qualify him for the regional had it not been for the harsh weather conditions.
Senior Ashley Hubbard (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) posted a BIG EAST qualifying time as she timed in at 2:11.74 in the 800m.
The last postseason qualifier on the men's side out of Knoxville was sophomore Danny Harris (Deer Park, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) whose time of 1:53.57 in the 800m qualified him for the BIG EAST Championship.
Back on the east coast, sophomore Abigail Johnson (Willingboro, N.J./Milton Hershey [Pa.]) qualified for the BE and ECAC Championships with a time of 55.12 in the 400m while adding an ECAC mark to her repertoire when she competed in the 4x400m relay with freshman Kyla Cook (Concord, Mass./Concord Carlisle), senior Alex Baptiste (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) and freshman Deidra Sanders (Memphis, Tenn./Eastern). The quartet took first place with at ime of 3:47.56.
Baptiste added a BE mark in the triple jump with her 11.62m mark while sophomore Tanore Barrow (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) also contributed a BE qualifying standard with her mark of 13.27 in the shot put.
Freshman Sean Suber (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) hit a BE time with his 21.95 performance in the 200m to take 10th place overall. He also teamed up with sophomore Kelvin Hill (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Siegel), junior Ricky Barrios (Hanover Park, Ill./Hoffman Estates) and senior Michael Billington (Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby) to take ninth place in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:25.92.
The Hoyas continue competition next weekend as they again split sites. They will travel to Princeton, N.J. for the Larry Ellis Invitational on Friday and Saturday and to Walnut, Calif. for the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.