Georgetown Track & Field Sends Seven Competitors to Quarterfinals of NCAA Championships on First Day of East Prelims
May 26, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - With the temperatures dipping as low as 51 degrees and rains plaguing the Bloomington area, the Georgetown track & field team competed at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex for the NCAA East Preliminary Championships today with seven Hoyas making it to the quarterfinals of their respective events. The Hoyas sent five women and two men to the quarterfinals of four events to occur over the next two days in Bloomington.
In just the third track event of the day, four Hoyas easily qualified for the quarterfinals of the women's 1,500-meter run to be competed on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Three-time All-American Renee Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City), two-time All-American Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas), All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) and Lauren Borduin (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) all qualified for Saturday's quarterfinal scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Running in the fourth and final heat, Chambers had the task of running in one of the faster heats, running hard from the gun. She kept with the front pack, in a field that dissipated far quicker than any other heat. Villanova's Sheila Reid led the top four through the finish with Chambers clocking in at 4:22.96.
Tomlin edged out Tennessee's Brittany Sheffey in the second heat of the day, a slower first 1,100 with bell lap getting significantly faster than the previous laps. Tomlin's time of 4:29.69 gets her to Saturday's quarterfinal.
Schneider and Borduin competed in the first heat and both stayed strong throughout the race. As the field slowly spread, the duo stuck together and took third and fourth, respectively, with times of 4:26.44 and 4:28.22. Saturday's two-heat quarterfinal that starts at 6:30 p.m., will send 12 to the semifinals in Des Moines with the top five from each heat plus the next two on time advancing.
Brian Hencke (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) ran a 1:51.79 in the first heat of the men's to automatically qualify for tomorrow's men's 800-meter quarterfinals slated for 6:45 p.m. From the quarterfinal field of 24 competitors, 12 will advance to the semifinals in Des Moines comprised of the top three finishers from each of the three heats in addition to the next three times.
In the women's 800-meter run, All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) ran an incredibly smart race, staying on the inside behind the leader for 700 meters. Coming off the final turn with the pace picking up, Cox remained toward the front and continued to speed up taking over first in the final 30 meters on the inside with a time of 2:07.87. Cox advances to tomorrow's 6:30 p.m., quarterfinal following the same format as the men's 800.
Toby Ulm (Marlborough, United Kingdom/St. John's School & Community College) ran a 51.37 in his heat to take second place and automatically qualify for the men's 400-meter hurdles quarterfinals on Friday. The three-heat quarterfinal will send 12 to nationals with the top three from each heat advancing and the next three on time punching a trip to Des Moines, Iowa.
Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) ran a tough race through more than 7,000 meters but seemed to lose steam in the chilly temperatures and rain-riddled track. She made a nice move with two miles left to move into the top 10 and was even as competitive as the top eight but between 2,400 and 2,000 meters, much of the front pack overtook her. Jones' time of 34:23.65 was enough for 24th place but denies her a trip to Des Moines.
In the men's 10,000-meter run, T.C. Lumbar (Edina, Minn./Edina) spent much of the first 5,000 meters in the middle of the chase pack as the likes of Liberty's Sam Chelanga, a two-time NCAA cross country champion, led the lead pack. With six laps to go, Lumbar's pace wasn't enough to keep up as the chase pack separated further as he finished with a time of 30:27.44,
The Hoyas continue competition at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex through Saturday and those who move on beyond this weekend will compete in Des Moines, Iowa June 8-11.