GU Men Win Penn Relays 4 x 800m Championship of America; Lee Returns with 10,000m Championship Title
PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Georgetown men’s 4 x 800m relay team and junior Nicole Lee (Palos Verdes, Calif./Peninsula) returned to the Hilltop with Penn Relays titles after competing Thursday-Saturday, April 22-24, at the prestigious event in Philadelphia, Pa.
Ezra Richards (Sr., Far Rockaway, N.Y./Science Skills Center), Ali Najjar (Sr., Temple Hills, Md./Northwestern), Chris Lukezic (So., Auburn, Wash./Auburn) and Jesse O’Connell (Sr., Westminster, Md./Westminster) combined to win the Championship of America 4 x 800m Relay. The Hoyas posted 7:13.75 for the victory. Kentucky earned second place in 7:16.39, while Arkansas was third in 7:23.15.
Lee became the second Georgetown woman to win the College Women’s 10,000m Championship. She clocked 34:04.58 to claim the title. Mindy Sawtelle of Indiana (Pa.) was second in 34:18.65, while Laura Stanley of Duke took third in 34:40.60.
The Hoya women earned runner-up honors in the Championship of America Distance Medley Relay event. Tennessee won the race in 10:59.35, followed by the Hoyas in second place in 11:03.76, and North Carolina in third in 11:05.16. Running legs on the relay squad were Colleen Kelly (Sr., Maple Glen, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph’s Academy), Monica Hargrove (Sr., New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse), Maura McCusker (Sr., Stoneham, Mass./Stoneham) and Treniere Clement (Sr., Stow, Ohio/Stow-Monroe Falls).
The GU women took fourth place in the 4 x 1500m Championship of America race. Stanford was the winner in 17:26.88, while Providence was second in 17:34.06. North Carolina earned third place in 17:37.23 and Georgetown was fourth in 17:38.30. Amanda Pape (Sr., Olathe, Kan./Olathe), Clement, Kelly and Sabine Knothe (So., Dortmund, Germany/Mallinckrodt Gymnasium) comprised the GU team.
Knothe, McCusker, Kelley Otstott (Jr., Fairfax Station, Va./Thomas Jefferson) and Clement teamed up for a fourth-place finish in the 4 x 800 Championship of America. The winning time of 8:21.13 belonged to Tennessee, while Auburn was a distant second in 8:32.94. Arkansas was third in 8:34.13 and the Hoyas fourth in 8:34.14.
On the men’s side, the Hoyas claimed second place in the DMR Championship of America race. Arkansas was the winner in 9:33.74, followed closely by the Hoyas in 9:34.61. Villanova took third in 9:37.58 and Stanford was fourth in 9:39.53. O’Connell, Chris Bonner (So., Weston, Mass./Xaverian Brothers), Najjar and Lukezic ran legs for the Hoyas.
GU was ninth in the 4 x Mile Championship of America event, with Tommy Manning (Jr., Lake Oswego, Ore./Jesuit), Dan Tebbano (Sr., Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa), Brian Dalpiaz (Fr., Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) and Matt Debole (Fr., Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tab or) running legs on GU’s team. Arkansas won the 4 x Mile in 16:29.74, while Stanford was second in 16:26.76. The Hoyas secured ninth place with a 9:41.55 mark.