Jan. 9, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown track & field team did not have to travel far to start the new year as they competed at the Father Diamond Invitational hosted in Fairfax, Va., by George Mason. The Hoyas took well to the break to end 2011 and are poised for another strong indoor showing.
On the women's side, the Georgetown sprinters were a strong unit as Amanda Kimbers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) took the top spot in both the 60-meter and 200-meter dash. Kimbers won the 60-meter event with a time of 7.50 and then won the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.68. Tenille Stoudenmire (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) finished second in the 200 timing in at 24.95, both were BIG EAST qualifying times.
In the 400-meter dash, Chela Green (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth) and Deseree King (Oxon Hill, Md./Oxon Hill) both qualified for the postseason with second- (57.12) and third-place (57.59) times, respectively. London Finley (Los Angeles, Calif./St. Mary's) also qualified for the postseason as she coasted to a BIG EAST qualifying time in the women's 500-meter dash with a time of 1:15.64.
All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) was another Hoya to win her event as she finished with a time of 2:12.79 in the women's 800-meter run followed by Shanique Dasilva (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford) in second (2:16.24), both qualifying for the BIG EAST Championships.
Lauren Borduin (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) and All-American Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) took first and second place, respectively, in the women's mile run as they both ran BIG EAST qualifying times. Borduin finished with a time of 4:58.90 while Jones timed in at 4:59.28.
In the relays, the quartet of Cox, Finely, Green and King won the women's 4x400, taking first with a time of 3:47.30.
The GU men also showcased their talent as well with highlights coming from the distance squad. The men's 1,000-meter run saw three Hoyas take the top spots as Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) take first place (2:28.59) followed by Bobby Peavey (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) and Max Darrah (South Yarmouth, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) in second (2:28.60) and third (2:28.81), respectively. Ryan Gil (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) qualified for the postseason in the men's mile with a time of 4:19.50, enough for fifth place.
Despite falling just shy of a conference championship qualifying time, Omar Kaddurah (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) won the men's 800-meter dash followed by Michael Reher (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep) in second with times of 1:55.30 and 1:55.65, respectively.
The men's 500-meter dash saw a trio of Hoyas take second, third and fourth place as Austin Perron (Philadelphia, Pa./High School of Engineering and Science) finished second (1:04.91) followed by Billy Ledder (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga) in third (1:05.01) and Hansel Akers (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) in fourth (1:05.32). All were BIG EAST qualifying times.
Justin Crawford (Gastonia, N.C./Ashbrook) took second overall in the finals of the 60-meter dash to start the day. Crawford's time of 6.86 in the finals qualified him for the BIG EAST Championships in February. Crawford then ran another BIG EAST qualifying time with a mark of 8.15 in the 60-meter hurdles. Kamryn Austin and Biyerem Okengwu (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway Township) both ran a time of 8.29 in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, also qualifying for the BIG EAST Championships, and tying for fifth place in the finals of the event.
The Hoyas will take a weekend off before hosting the Hoya Spiked Shoe Club Invitational at the Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence on the campus of Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Md.