Hoyas Finish Second Day of Competition at the BIG EAST Track & Field Championships
May 2, 2009
VILLANOVA, PA. - The BIG EAST Track & Field Championships continued its second day of competition today at the Jumbo Elliott Track on the campus of Villanova University. The day was to be plagued with rain, but as the showers held off and the sun peaked through the clouds, the day ended up being a good day for competition with a temperature of 65 degrees. The Blue & Gray are currently eighth of 14 teams on the men's side and 12th of 16 teams on women's side after eight events scored.
In an exciting 10,000m run, the Hoyas were able to put two student-athletes on the championship podium. The race was extremely close and senior Daniel Nunn (San Luis Opispo, Calif./San Luis Obispo) and senior Mike Krisch (Hopkins, Minn./Hopkins) were in the top three with Notre Dame's Patrick Smythe. Nunn and Krisch stayed competitive but a burst from Smythe with 200 meters to go was too much for the Hoyas to endure as Krisch finished second (30:45.61) and Nunn finished third (30:45.61). Also scoring points for the Hoyas was sophomore T.C. Lumbar (Edina, Minn./Edina) who finished eighth with a time of 31:03.91.
Picking up points for the Hoyas, junior Lauren Gregory (Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls) ran a strong race and even set a new PR with a second-place showing of 10:19.1 in the women's 3000m steeplechase. Gregory kept up with the front pack throughout the race as the pack had dwindled to three with 1000 meters to go. Gregory moved into second place with 600 meters left and ran through the remainder of the race, maintaining her position.
Freshman Autumn Touchstone (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) took eighth place in the women's heptathlon to pick up one point for the Hoyas as she totaled 4,310 points in the event.
In the preliminary trials of the women's 800m, a trio of Hoyas qualified for tomorrow's finals. Senior Christine Whalen (Los Gatos, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) and junior All-American Renee Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) both automatically qualified for tomorrow's finals as they won their heats with times of 2:08.31 and 2:08.45, respectively. Freshman All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) qualified on time as she was second in her heat with a time of 2:08.27.
In the women's 400m hurdles preliminary heats, freshman London Finley (Los Angeles, Calif./St. Mary's Academy) recorded the fastest time, 59.49, as she automatically qualified for the finals tomorrow. Her time is an NCAA Regional qualifying time - though Finley had previously qualified for the Regional at the Sun Angel Classic. Finley also qualified for the finals of the 100m hurdles as she timed in at 14.00, a new PR for the freshman.
Sophomore Toby Ulm (Marlborough, United Kingdom/St. John's School & Community College) easily qualified for the finals of the 400m hurdles as he coasted through the finish line to take first place in his heat with a time of 52.21.
Sophomore Chris Kinney (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge) will be one of the four competitors to represent the Blue & Gray tomorrow in the finals of the men's 110m high hurdles as he won his heat with a time of 14.05 and recorded the fastest time of the prelims. Also joining Kinney is freshman Biyerem Okengwu (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway Township) who ran a stunning 14.16, a PR for the freshman, and it qualifies him for the NCAA Regional. Freshman Kamryn Austin (Ewing, N.J./Ewing) recorded a 14.39 and senior Terrell Gissendanner (Rochester, N.Y./Edison Tech) ran a 14.55 as they both qualified for tomorrow's finals on time.
Abigail Johnson (Willingboro, N.J./Milton Hershey), a junior All-American, ran the fastest prelim time and automatically qualified for tomorrow's final as she ran 53.91 in the women's 400m. Qualifying for the finals on time, graduate student Erika Moses (Redlands, Calif./Columbia) ran a 55.05.
In Georgetown's rich tradition in the middle distance and distance events, there will be four Hoyas in the 12-athlete field in tomorrow's women's 1500m run. Senior All-American Maggie Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) and senior Avril Ogrodnick (Beaconsfield, Quebec/Beaconsfield) qualified automatically in their heats with times of 4:29.04 and 4:25.69, respectively) while graduate student Carmen Ballard (Kelowna, British Columbia/Columbia) and freshman Lauren Borduin (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) made it to the finals on time - 4:26.46 and 4:32.16, respectively.
Junior All-American John Maloy (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) automatically qualified for the men's 800m finals tomorrow as he won his heat, timing in at 1:51.15. Also qualifying for the finals tomorrow is sophomore Sean Suber (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) in the men's 200m dash as he timed in at 21.56.
Though a men's 1500m preliminary was on the slate for today, the field was small enough to just run a final tomorrow.
The Hoyas continue competition at the BIG EAST Championships tomorrow, May 3, at the Jumbo Elliott Track in Villanova, Pa.
Men's Team Standings (through eight events)
Women's Team Standings (through eight events)