April 5, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University track & field team split sites this weekend with contingents traveling to three different locales to compete in what is considered to be some of the best meets across the country in their specialties. Consistently boasting some of the fastest distance times every outdoor season, the Stanford Invitational (Palo Alto, Calif.) hosted a handful of the Georgetown distance runners while a contingent of the sprinters traveled to Auburn, Ala., for the Tiger Track Classic. The last group stayed somewhat closer to home as they made their way south to the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va.
The Stanford Invitational is widely considered one of the fastest meets of the outdoor season and this year's meet did not disappoint. All-American Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) not only ran a personal best 29:21.67 to take 12th place in the second section of the men's 10,000-meter race, but the graduate student competing in his final year of eligibility also ran the eighth-best time in Georgetown history in the event, leap frogging David Rodriguez's time of 29:23.00 that Rodriguez ran at this same meet in 2001. Springer bested his previous mark (29:28.64) by nearly seven seconds. This was Springer's first race of the outdoor season.
Competing in the women's 5,000-meter run, All-American Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) had the honor of competing in the first section. Her time of 16:23.87 was a personal record (PR) and was enough to finish 25th in the highly-competitive field. In section two, Annamarie Maag (Lake Oswego, Ore./Jesuit Prep) and Rachel Paul (Farmingville, N.Y./Sachem East) both set PRs with respective times of 16:29.65 (9th) and 16:56.44 (20th).
Also setting new PRs were Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) and Joanna Stevens (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) who competed in section two of the women's 10,000-meter run. Kasper ran 34:21.52, good enough for 12th place and nearly 30 seconds faster than her previous best (34:53.66) while Stevens ran 34:52.25, enough for 24th place in the race and among the top 20 times in GU history.
At the Colonial Relays, the Hoyas started off strong as the men's and women's seeded sections of the 800-meter run hit the track. On the men's side, All-American Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) led the way in second place (1:50.02), followed by All-Americans Ryan Manahan (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) and Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./Saint Louis Country Day) in fifth (1:50.69) and sixth place (1:50.89), respectively. On the women's side, All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) finished third with a time of 2:10.23 followed by Heather Martin in sixth place (2:11.31).
Competing in the seeded men's 5,000-meter run, Brian King (Sonoma, Calif./Cardinal Newman) finished fourth (14:14.73) while All-American Dylan Sorensen (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) finished eighth, clocking in at 14:18.87.
The women's 1,500-meter run seeded section saw Kelsey Smith (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) run a PR of 4:25.63, good enough for fourth place followed by Shanique Dasilva (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford) in seventh (4:30.68) followed up by Becca DeLoache (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) in ninth place (4:31.87).
Rounding out the top-10 performances was Kenneth Armstrong in the men's long jump with a mark of 6.37m, good enough for 10th place.
On the first day of the Tiger Track Classic, Eghosa Aghayere (Henrietta, N.Y./Rush Henrietta Sperry) finished seventh in the men's triple jump with a mark of 14.76m. The senior was honored as the BIG EAST Men's Field Athlete of the Week on Tuesday.
The Hoyas will continue at the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday.