Kinney and Aghayere Sweep Men's BIG EAST Track & Field Weekly Awards
Jan. 11, 2011
WASHINGTON - After the first meet of 2011, Georgetown's track & field program continued to garner conference recognition for its performances. Senior and two-time All American Chris Kinney (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge) was named BIG EAST Male Track Athlete of the Week and freshman Eghosa Aghayere (Henrietta, N.Y./Rush Henrietta Sperry) earned honors as Male Field Athlete of the Week after both notched top-three BIG EAST marks at last weekend's Father Diamond Invitational hosted by George Mason University on January 8.
Kinney was recognized as the BIG EAST's best track athlete for the second-consecutive time, and fourth time in his career, after finishing the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.86 seconds. The time is second in the BIG EAST only to his NCAA-best mark of 7.84 set back on December 4 at the Navy Invitational and would rank third nationally. Kinney, the 2010 BIG EAST champion in the indoor 60-meter hurdles, finished fourth in the event at the meet.
"Chris competed well this week against some elite competition," Assistant Coach Marlo Mincey said. "Our objective was to come back from the break sharp and fit and use the meet as a tune up for faster races in the season and Chris definitely did that."
Aghayere earned his accolade as the conference's Male Field Athlete of the Week in just his first meet as a Hoya after finishing fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 14.43 meters. That mark is the third-best in the BIG EAST this season, tied for 32nd nationally and qualified the freshman for the IC4A meet. The award is Georgetown's first for a field athlete in the three-year history of the BIG EAST's weekly honor.
"I am extremely happy for Eghosa," Mincey said. "He's been battling injuries, but was able to put everything together in a very solid performance. He's only a freshman so we will continue to work with him and expect similar performances in the future."
The team returns to action this Friday, January 14, as they host the Hoya Invitational in Bethesda, Md.