Jan. 28, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown indoor track & field season is in full swing and both the men's and women's teams are poised for the postseason as the teams combined for 29 BIG EAST qualifying times recorded today with the men recording 13 while the women tallied 16. The Hoyas traveled to University Park, Pa., for the Penn State National meet - a two-day affair at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track that ran to completion today.
The men's team showed how deep it was in the distance events as four Hoyas qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in both the 1,000-meter run as well as the mile, both invitational events. The 1,000 saw four current Hoyas finish in the top 10 with former Hoya All-American and current men's distance coach Michael Banks taking the top spot as he competed in the event unattached. His time of 2:25.60 took the top spot while Michael Reher (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep) was the first current Hoya to cross the finish line as he took fourth place (2:27.16). The Blue & Gray came in as a pack with a trio crossing the finish line within one second of one another with Dylan Sorensen (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) taking sixth place (2:27.67) followed by Brian Manning (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) in eighth place (2:27.97). Miles Schoedler (Ocean View, N.J./Ocean View) was the final Hoya to time in at 2:29.48, good enough for ninth place.
The men's mile invitational saw Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) in a very fast race that saw the top three runners finish with a sub-four mile. Springer finished fourth with a time of 4:01.17 while Bobby Peavey (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) finished 10th (4:07.12) with Omar Kaddurah (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) and Ben Furcht (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) taking 12th (4:10.44) and 14th (4:11.76), respectively.
In the men's 3,000-meter invitational, Max Darrah (South Yarmouth, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) took third place with a time of 8:13.14 while T.C. Lumbar (Edina, Minn./Edina) finished 11th, timing in at 8:21.65. Both were BIG EAST qualifying times.
Theon O'Connor (Kingston, Jamaica/Campion College) took the top spot In the men's 500-meter invitational with a time of 1:03.40, qualifying the senior for the BIG EAST Championships.
In the open events, Justin Crawford (Gastonia, N.C./Ashbrook) took 18th place in the men's 200-meter dash with a time of 22.39, enough to qualify him for the league championships. In the men's 400-meter dash, Hansel Akers (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) took 13th (49.51), also earning him a trip to the BIG EAST Championships.
On the women's invitational side, the 800-meter field was stacked with Hoyas with four recording BIG EAST qualifying times as the Blue & Gray was led by former Hoya All-American Maggie Infeld, now competing for New York Athletic Club (NYAC). Maggie Infeld took second place with a time of 2:06.28. Right behind her was sister and eight-time All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) with a time of 2:06.40 with All-Americans Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) and Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) not too far behind in fifth (2:06.63) and sixth place (2:06.73), respectively. Shanique Dasilva (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford) finished 12th with a time of 2:11.64 - all were BIG EAST qualifying times.
In the 1,000-meter invitational All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) finished third in the race, timing in at 2:53.51, enough to qualify for the BE Championships.
The women's 500-meter invitational pitted London Finley (Los Angeles, Calif./St. Mary's Academy) against Deseree King (Oxon Hill, Md./Oxon Hill). Coming off a school record-setting performance from the night before where she ran the 400-meter leg in the women's DMR, Finley edged out King as she took second with a time of 1:13.06 while King finished third (1:13.72). Both were BIG EAST qualifying times.
In the women's 3,000-meter invitational, former Hoya Claire Richardson, competing with Riahda, took second place with a time of 9:21.15 while All-American Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) finished fourth with a BIG EAST qualifying mark of 9:28.48.
In the women's mile invitational, Lauren Borduin (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) took fifth place, timing in at 4:48.10 with Annamarie Maag (Lake Oswego, Ore./Jesuit) not far behind in seventh place (4:49.23). Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) was the third of the quintet of Hoyas to cross the finish line with a 10th-place showing (4:51.13) followed by All-American Katie McCafferty (Convent Station, N.J./Oak Knoll) in 11th place (4:51.23) and Hannah Neczypor (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) in 13th (4:53.39).
Tenille Stoudenmire (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo), a school record holder, finished eighth in the 200-meter invitational with a time of 24.47, enough to get her to the BIG EAST Championships.
In the open events, Kelsey Smith (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) took second place in the women's 3,000-meter run with a BIG EAST qualifying mark of 9:55.63 while Kristen Walsh (Stony Point, N.Y./North Rockland) finished 12th in the women's 800-meter run with a time of 2:16.26.
The Hoyas continue the indoor season as they split sites on February 3-4 between the New Balance Collegiate Invitational held at the Armory in New York City while another contingent travels to New Haven, Conn., to compete at the Giegengack Invitational held at Coxe Cage. Both venues are two of the most famed indoor tracks on the East Coast, both boasting meets with rich tradition and fast tracks.