Georgetown Indoor Track Gets Set for the BIG EAST Conference Championship
Feb. 22, 2008
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University indoor track & field team is gearing up for the postseason with the BIG EAST Conference Championship this weekend, held February 23-24 at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory in New York City. On both days, the action starts at 8 a.m. Fans can watch live online at www.bigeast.tv or follow live results online at www.bigeast.org.
Leading up to the championship, the Hoyas own 27 total top-five times with 11 on the men's side and 16 for the women.
For the men, Sophomore Andrew Bumbalough (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) posted a sub-four-minute mile (3:58.46) to earn an automatic qualifier at the NCAA meet. His time is tops in the BIG EAST so far this season. Junior Kenny Mitchell (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake) leads the conference in the 60m (6.74) and 200m (21.37). Bumbalough posted a time of 7:53.6 in the 3,000m to automatically qualify for the NCAA meet. A pair of seniors lead the GU women's squad. Ashley Hubbard (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) leads the conference in the 500m (1:12.7) and 800m (2:08.4). Elizabeth Maloy (Loudonville, N.Y./The Academy of Holy Names) is best in the 1,000m (2:47.9), mile (4:43.0) and 3,000m (9:22.1).
Two men's relays (4x800 and distance medley) and one women's relay (4x800) own the top spot of the conference as well with the quartet of freshman Ayalew Taye (Portland Maine/Cushing Academy), seniors Michael Banks (Holden, Mass./Wachussett Regional), Matt Debole (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) and Rasheed Thompson (Herndon, Va./Herndon) timing in at 7:33.89 while the DMR squad took top honors with a time of 9:48.32. The women's 4x800 relay team of sophomore Renee Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City), junior Avril Ogrodnick (Beaconsfield, Quebec/Beaconsfield), junior Lise Ogrodnick (Beaconsfield, Quebec/Beaconsfield) and senior Maggie Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) are in first place in the conference with a time of 8:57.57.
Rounding out the top-five times for the men are Debole with a second and third-place time in the 1000m (2:22.89) and 3000m (7:56.03), respectively. Bumbalough added to his repertoire with a fifth-place time in the 1000m (2:24.16) while freshmen Spenser Carter (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) and Chris Kinney (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge) finished second and third in the 60m (6.79) and 60m HH (7.97), respectively.
For the women, additional top-five times came from Tomlin who took second and third in the 800m (2:08.89) and third in the 1000m (2:48.22), respectively. Infeld contributed two top-five times in the 800m and the 1000m where she was third and fourth, respectively. Rodgers' mile time (4:46.63) earned her the fourth spot on the conference list while Lise Ogrodnick finished the 3000m with a time of 9:31.28, enough for fourth place in the league. Junior Natasha LaBeaud (Folsom, Calif./Folsom) ends the league's regular season with a fifth-place time of 17:21.23 in the 5000m.
Two other relays on the women's team earned top-five finishes, both the 4x400 relay and the DMR finished fourth with times of 3:44.70 and 11:54.52, respectively.
Through last weekend's competitions, BIG EAST student-athletes have posted some of the best times nationally. Villanova's Bobby Curtis has posted the fastest U.S. indoor time, as well as the fastest NCAA indoor time in the 3,000m with a 7:50.17. Providence's Max Smith leads the NCAA with a time of 3:46.94 in the 1,500m and the Blue and Gray's Bumbalough boasts the top NCAA time in the mile, with his 3:58.46.