Feb. 18, 2012
NEW YORK - The Georgetown University track & field team had a solid first day at the 2012 BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships today at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory. The day saw the Georgetown women winning the women's distance medley relay, a new school record set in the women's 60-meter dash and 20 Hoyas advancing to tomorrow's finals in 21 events from the trial heats.
After a long day of trial heats, the two-day meet reached the pivotal moment when every race was for points. The foursome of Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover), Tenille Stoudenmire (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo), All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) and eight-time All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) made the most of that moment by winning the women's DMR with a time of 11:08.19, a new meet record.
Kasper led off the 1,200-meter leg and held first place for most of her stanza, slipping to second place at the first exchange. Stoudenmire took over the 400 pulling the Blue & Gray back into first but again, the Hoyas would fall to second at the handoff. Cox held GU in second place through her stanza handing off Infeld, a seasoned anchor in the DMR. Infeld made the move for first place on the home straightaway leading into the last two laps as she coated through the finish, giving the Hoyas the easy win. The time is a new meet record for the BIG EAST Championships and this is the eighth DMR championship in GU history, the first occurring in 1984 and the one prior to this year in 2009. This is Infeld's second indoor DMR title as she led off the 2009 championship team as a freshman.
In the men's DMR, the Hoyas ran an incredibly strong race, getting edged out by a strong kick over the last 200 meters from Providence College's anchor. Omar Kaddurah (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) led off for the Hoyas at his first-ever indoor conference championships. Kaddurah kicked well over the last 200 meters to pull the Hoyas into third before handing off to Toby Ulm (Marlborough, United Kingdom/St. John's School & Community College) for the 400-meter leg. Ulm brought the Hoyas into first place and handed off to Theon O'Connor (Kingston, Jamaica/Campion College) in first place. O'Connor held the lead through his stanza, handing off to Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) for the anchor 1,600-meter leg. Springer had the lead for much of his leg but PC's anchor continued to chip away at the gap until he finally kicked over bell lap to edge out the Hoyas. GU finished second in the men's DMR with a time of 9:42.65 behind PC (9:41.26) and ahead of Villanova (9:49.84).
For the second time this indoor season, Amanda Kimbers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) set a new school record in the women's 60-meter dash. She previously shaved three-hundredths of a second off the record, taking it down 7.50 at the Father Diamond Invitational. Today, she managed to best that with a time of 7.43, winning her heat in the event to qualify for Sunday's final. She would come back later and win her heat in the 200-meter dash(24.10), adding a second individual event to her schedule tomorrow. Stoudenmire also qualified for the finals of the 200-meter dash (24.11).
The women's distance program had a strong showing today in addition to the win in the DMR with three Hoyas apiece qualifying for Sunday's finals in the mile, 1,000- and 800-meter run.
Infeld competed in the third heat, decidedly a slower start pace than the previous two, and hung back through the first 800 before making a move coming off the curve into the back straightaway on lap five. Infeld held on and was in third place through 1,200 meters before making a move again on the back straight to take over second place. At the bell, Infeld took over first and extended her lead through the finish, timing in at 4:52.88.
Smith competed in the second heat, the fastest of the trio, and finished third in her heat with a time of 4:50.53. Smith closed steadily on the chase pack before taking over third place at the bell and holding off the field. Chambers competed in the first heat and finished third with a time of 4:53.81.
In the 1,000, all three Hoyas qualified automatically with three-time All-American Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) winning her heat with a time of 2:53.30 while Lauren Borduin (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) and Hannah Neczypor (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) each took second place in their heats with times of 2:51.02 and 2:54.62, respectively, to automatically qualify.
In the women's 800, Cox won her heat (2:13.27) while Shanique Dasilva (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford) and Kristen Walsh (Stony Point, N.Y./North Rockland) each qualified on time, 2:14.39 and 2:14.17, respectively.
All-American Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) took fifth place in the women's 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:39.25.
The men's 1,000-meter run saw two Hoyas advance to the finals in Bobby Peavey (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) and Michael Reher (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep) with times of 2:32.77 and 2:25.89, respectively. The pair each qualified automatically as they finished second in their respective heats.
In the men's 5,000-meter run, Alex Lundy (Littleton, Colo./Heritage/Maryland) finished fifth (14:14.57) while T.C. Lumbar (Edina, Minn./Edina) and Mark Dennin (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyerstown) finished ninth (14:26.98) and 10th (14:28.39), respectively.
London Finley (Los Angeles, Calif./St. Mary's Academy) automatically qualified for the finals of the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:13.22, winning her heat, while Deseree King (Oxon Hill, Md./Oxon Hill) qualified for the finals on time.
With a second-place finish, Hansel Akers (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) qualified for the finals of the 500-meter dash, timing in at 1:03.73.
O'Connor made it to tomorrow's finals of the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.61 in today's trials. Austin Perron (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway Township) qualified on time for the men's 400-meter dash, timing in at 48.74.
The Hoyas will return to the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Amory tomorrow for the conclusion of the 2012 BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships.