GU Athletes Compete in First Day of NCAA Championships
BATON ROUGE, La. – Several athletes represented Georgetown in the first day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held May 29 at Bernie Moore Stadium on the campus of LSU. The Hoyas are scheduled to participate in three additional events prior to the conclusion of the four-day meet on Saturday, June 1.
Senior Tyrona Heath (Endicott, N.Y., Union-Endicott) turned in the group’s top performance, as she won her heat and recorded the fastest time of all participants in the 800m preliminaries. Heath crossed the line in 2:03.81, the fourth-fastest mark in school history, to defeat runner-up Lauren Simmons of Princeton by 0.06 seconds. Florida’s Melissa DeLeon and Tiffany Burgess of UCLA shared the lead after the first lap, recording a split of 60.16. The two athletes remained in front until the last straightaway, where Heath and Simmons surpassed them with late kicks in the final 70m. Heath and eight other runners will now advance to the finals, which are scheduled for Friday night.
Sophomore Jesse O’Connell (Westminster, Md./Westminster) competed in the men’s 800m, but fell three spots short of qualifying for the finals. O’Connell finished third in his heat and 12th overall with a time of 1:48.82. Otukile Lekote of South Carolina paced the field in 1:46.49.
James Graham (Washington, D.C./Northwestern) represented the Hoyas in the 400m hurdles, registering the school’s second-fastest mark of all-time, but again falling short of advancing to the finals. Graham crossed the line in 51.05 to place fourth in his heat and 14th overall. Bennie Brazell of LSU won the event with a time of 49.57.
Other participants on Wednesday included Josh Rollins (Odenton, Md./Arundel) in the long jump, who recorded a leap of 7.54m to finish 15th, and Lorena Adams (Lakehurst, N.J./Manchester Township) and Marni Kruppa (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman) in the women's 10,000m run. Adams crossed the line in 35:27.87 for 14th place, while Kruppa logged 36:17.71 for 20th.
Heath (800m finals), Rollins (triple jump preliminaries/finals) and Kruppa (5,000m finals) are all slated to return to action on Friday.
CBS will air portions of the meet during a tape-delayed broadcast scheduled for Saturday, June 8 at 2 pm.