June 26, 2011
WASHINGTON - The sun shined bright over famed Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., as a handful of Hoyas competed at the 2011 USA Track & Field Championships and Junior Championships. Seven-time All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) stole the show in the senior championships as she toppled the very record she became the owner of just two days prior during the 1,500-meter prelims while Max Darrah (South Yarmouth, Mass/Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) represented the Hoyas in the junior championships as he won the junior men's steeplechase. Infeld bested her own record by more than one second as she was the top collegiate finisher in the women's 1,500-meter finals with a time of 4:08.96.
A race that featured 12 competitors and just two collegiate athletes with the remainder of the field consisting of professionals, it was no surprise when Infeld spent the majority of the race hanging toward the back of the pack. Through the first 1,000 meters, Infeld comfortably sat between eighth and ninth place but as she approached the bell, she began to make her move over the final 400, starting on the first turn. She made up most of the gap on the back straight, surpassing former Hoya Treniere (Clement) Moser on the back and holding her lead through the Bowerman Curve and up the final straight.
Infeld's time of 4:08.96 bests her two-day record of 4:10.02 that she set during the prelims of the event. The previous record was held by Moser who Infeld was able to edge out in the competition as Moser, now competing for Nike, finished sixth with a time of 4:09.72.
Darrah kept himself in the top five for the duration of the race one the field had settled. He stayed competitive and just before the bell traded back first place with Edward Owens. Over the last 400, Owens tried to hold off Darrah but coming off the back straight, Darrah hit his stride, taking over first place and holding it through the final turn. He coasted to a first-place finish, timing in at 8:59.69.
In the junior women's 800-meter finals All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) ran a strong race and took second place overall with a time of 2:06.71. Cox stayed tucked in through the first 400 but as the leaders started to kick, Cox stayed right there as the top three separated themselves from the field. Running conservatively on the turn, Cox came off Bowerman Curve on the outside and made an attempt on the home straightaway, taking over second place as NC State's Kenyetta Iyevbele took first place (2:06.37).
Brian King (Sonoma, Calif./Cardinal Newman) finished 22nd in the junior men's 5,000-meter final with a time of 15:03.81.