April 19, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown track & field team continued its season this weekend at the two-day Virginia Challenge, hosted by the University of Virginia at Lannigan Field in Charlottesville, Va. The two-day meet helped many GU student-athletes train in events outside their focus for the 2015 season to either build stamina or work on speed.
Highlighting the meet was a return to the steeple for the men's team. With an impressive four members of the team competing at the first round of NCAAs in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase in 2014, the Georgetown program has seen recent success in the event. Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) finished third with a personal record (PR) of 8:42.51, bettering his mark in the Georgetown record books while still holding on to the fourth-best time on record.
Ryan Gil (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) managed a fourth-place showing with a time of 8:42.55, also a PR, and moving him in to the fifth-spot on GU's all-time list. Gil's PR of nearly eight seconds bests the likes of teammates All-American Max Darrah (South Yarmouth, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) and Matt Howard (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg).
In the women's 800-meter run, All-American Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) clocked 2:07.04, good enough for fifth place in the race.
Richard D'Ambrosio (Collegeville, Pa./Malvern Prep) jumped 7.19m in the open edition of the men's long jump, a second-place mark, while Kenneth Armstrong (San Dimas, Calif./Damien) managed a mark of 6.65m for fifth place.
Running in the men's 1,500-meter finals, Collin Leibold (Falls Church, Va./Gonzaga) finished seventh with a time of 3:42.80.
Georgetown returns to the track on Thursday as they travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for the Penn Relays, the world's largest track meet, held at historic Franklin Field. The meet will be held, Thursday, April 23 - Saturday, April 25.