WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University track & field team continued its season, traveling to the Penn State National Open, a two-day meet held at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track on the campus of Penn State, on Friday and Saturday. The two-day event was highlighted by a win in the men's distance medley relay (DMR) and a total of 13 times among the top five. The DMR time ranks 10th in GU program history.
"At a meet where world bests were set and facility records fell, the Hoyas stepped up and outperformed many of their rivals," Interim Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Julie Culley said. "The men's DMR set the stage for a team finishing first in a great battle with preseason NCAA Championships favorites Middle Tennessee State and Stanford.
"The big stories of the weekend came from several of our freshman men with Jack Salisbury placing second in the 1,000m and Kenny Rowe finishing second in the 500m. The women's performances were highlighted by junior Kennedy Weisner's five-second PR in the mile, putting her within striking distance of qualifying for NCAAs."
The Hoya foursome of Spencer Brown (Wilton, Conn./Wilton), Quincey Wilson (Lithonia, Ga./Arabia Mountain), All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) and All-American Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) clocked 9:33.59 to win the race on Friday night. Brown split 2:55.2 to open the race, while Wilson ran the 400-meter leg in 49.7. White pulled the Hoyas into the top two as he went 1:48.1 over his leg and Carpenter split 4:00.3 over the final 1,600 meters, doing much of the work as he took over the charge midway through his stanza.
Kennedy Weisner (St. Marys, Pa./Elk County Catholic) ran a personal record (PR) in the women's invitational mile, clocking 4:39.69 to shave nearly five seconds off her previous best. Her time ranks second in the BIG EAST Conference this season.
With a time of 2:25.05, Jack Salisbury (Rumford, R.I./La Salle Academy) was narrowly edged out in an exciting men's 1,000-meter invitational where the top five were separated by a mere .85 seconds.
In the first 500-meter dash of her GU career, Jocelyn Hubbard (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield/Northeastern) finished third in the invitational field, timing in at 1:15.06 to lead the BIG EAST Conference.
"We saw some exceptional performances today," Culley continued. "Many team members inched their way toward personal bests, which is exactly where we want to be heading into February."
The Hoyas return to the track on Friday and Saturday, February 3-4, as they compete at the Armory Invitational, held at the historic New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in New York City. On Saturday, February 4, a small contingent will travel to Boston, Mass., for the BU Scarlet & White Invitational.
Georgetown Results Among the Top Five
Women's 200-Meter Dash
5. Jody-Ann Knight, 25.11
Men's 500-Meter Dash
2. Kenny Rowe, 1:04.26
Women's 500-Meter Dash Invitational
3. Jocelyn Hubbard, 1:15.06
Men's 1,000-Meter Invitational
2. Jack Salisbury, 2:25.05
Women's 1,000-Meter Invitational
3. Carey Celata, 2:52.68
Men's Mile Invitational
5. Jonathan Green, 4:08.61
Men's 3,000-Meter Run Invitational
4. Jonathan Green, 8:20.26
Women's 3,000-Meter Run Invitational
5. Haley Pierce, 9:31.82