Washington, D.C. – Although the Georgetown University Hoyas are barely halfway through the 2002-03 indoor track & field season, several school records have been broken. New GU records have been set in the men’s 55-meter and 400-meter dashes, the men’s 4 x 400-yard relay, and the women’s pole vault.
Senior Robert Wingate-Robinson (Mt. Rainier, Md./Northwestern) won the 55-meter dash at the opening meet, the Navy Lidlifter on December 6, with a time of 6.36 seconds. Wingate-Robinson broke Ray Humphrey’s mark of 6.40 seconds, a record that stood in the GU record books for 14 years in the event.
Senior James Graham (Washington, D.C./Northwestern) earned runner-up honors in the 400-meter dash at the prestigious Armory Invitational on February 19, with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 47.08 seconds. The mark bested Nick Reynolds school record of 47.31 set at Penn State in January of 2001.
Graham teamed up with freshman Chris Bonner (Stoughton, Mass./Xaverian Brothers), Wingate-Robinson and junior Ali Najjar (Temple Hills, Md./Northwestern) for the 4 x 400-yard relay at The Meyo Invitational, held February 8, at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The foursome clocked 3:10.37 to win the race, qualify provisionally for the NCAAs and break the former Georgetown benchmark of 3:10.69 set by Hakim Johnson, Nick Reynolds, Graham and John Marquiss at the IC4As in March of 2000.
On the women’s side, sophomore Erica Derrickson (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) broke Denise Warner’s 1998 school record of 10’ 8”, set at the ECAC Championship in March of 1998. Derrickson cleared 11’ 6-1/4” to claim 15th place at the Penn State National Open on January 31. The mark also qualified her for ECAC competition.