Feb. 19, 2010
NEW YORK - The Georgetown indoor track & field team is in New York for the BIG EAST Championships. The two-day event, held at New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory, will begin on Saturday, February 20 with trials in most events and the finals on Sunday. Saturday night will see the 5,000-meter run finals as well as the distance medley relay.
Currently, the women's team is ranked 24th in the country by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This is the first week that the Hoyas have appeared in the national poll.
The women are poised to perform well as many of the Hoyas have recorded the top five times in the conference for the 2010 season. All-American Abigail Johnson enters the weekend with the fourth-best league time in 2010 in the women's 400-meter dash. Nene Kamate's 8.36 is tied for third in the 60-meter hurdles coming in to the weekend. Tenille Stoudenmire enters the 60-meter dash with the sixth-best time and will compete in heat one of the event.
All-American Renee Tomlin and BIG EAST champion Christine Whalen will be competing in the women's 800-meter run while the foursome of Lauren Borduin, Lauren Gregory, Kirsten Kasper and Marcie Sobrinski will be looking to make a dent in the women's mile. In the 1,000-meter run, Rachel Schneider has recorded the seventh-best time in the league and three-time All-American Emily Infeld will be competing in the event as well.
The men's team is looking to make an impact in all events with many impressive times going into the weekend. Chris Kinney, already a BIG EAST outdoor champion, will be looking for his first indoor title as he competes in the 60-meter hurdles. Kinney enters the weekend with the second-best time in the league for 2010 while Kamryn Austin and Biyerem Okengwu have the fourth and seventh-best times, respectively.
Kenny Mitchell tops the league list in both the men's 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Kadeem Hunter's 21.99 is the fourth-best time in the league going into the weekend. Toby Ulm will be competing in the 500-meter, having recorded the second-best time in the league, while Austin Perron will be running the 400 meter, going in with the sixth-best recorded time in the BIG EAST.
As always, the middle distance and distance programs will make their presence felt. Theon O'Connor is competing in the men's 800-meter run, entering the meet with the second-best time in the league while Alex Bean will join Dan Leyh in the men's 1,000-meter run. Bean recorded the second-fastest time in the league. The foursome of Mike Krisch, Levi Miller, Mark Dennin and James Grimes will compete in the men's 5,000-meter run and we will see Dennin and Krisch join Ayalew Taye and Sandy Roberts in the 3,000-meter as well. Dennin has the best 3,000 time in the league.
The relays will be where the Hoyas look to score a lot of their points. At the 2009 indoor championships, the women took the 4x800-metrer relay as well as the distance medley relay.
The BIG EAST Conference will be televising the entire championship live through BIG EAST TV. Fans can watch all the action live by clicking here.
Live results will also be available through the BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championship Central, available here.
A live blog of the events will be available at the Hoya Insider blog on the official site of Georgetown Athletics. Fans can read about all the action once it starts by clicking here.