Feb. 15, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown track & field program made historic strides on the final day of the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa. The Hoyas looked to familiar faces in Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton) and Billy Ledder (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga) to run times that both ranked second all-time in Georgetown history in the women's and men's 800-meter run, respectively. With top performances like that, the Hoyas are in prime position for the postseason in just one week.
Keklak, competing in the first of a three-heat race, finished fourth in the women's 800-meter, a race that was the fastest the Lied Center had ever seen with the top three times breaking the existing meet and facility record. Nike's Phoebe Wright took the top spot (2:03.39) followed by Bethany Praska competing unattached (2:03.66), Iowa State's Ejiroghene Okoro with the home advantage at the Lied Recreation Center in third (2:03.91). Keklak took fourth with a career PR of 2:04.64. Keklak's time is the second-best time in Georgetown history, second only to former Hoya Miesha Marzell's time of 2:03.95, run in 1997.
In the race immediately following, Ledder competed in a highly-touted men's 800-meter race with the winner being just one-hundredth of a second shy of the facility record. Iowa State's Edward Kemboi, in friendly confines at home, won the race with a time of 1:45.98. Ledder narrowly got edged out for second place as Florida's Sean Obinwa ran 1:47.76 while Ledder clocked in at 1:47.89. Ledder now has ownership over the second-best time recorded in Georgetown history, shy of Rich Kenah's time of 1:47.40 (1992 NCAA Championships) and besting Jesse O'Connell's 1:47.92, set in 2003.
Ledder competed in the first of five heats while fellow Hoya Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) found himself in the second heat. Bile ran the third-best time of his heat and the seventh overall as he timed in at 1:49.09.
Both Ledder and Bile were featured on the men's distance medley relay from the previous day that ranks in the top 10 all-time on the Hilltop (9:35.26).
Also competing today was Devante Washington (Lafayette, La./Lafayette) as he took fourth place in the men's 400 meters with a time of 48.14.
The Hoyas will return to the track for the championship portion of the indoor season with the BIG EAST Championships on February 21-22, held at the Armory in New York City, familiar territory for Georgetown.