Hoyas Compete at 119th Running of the Penn Relay Carnival

Deseree King

April 25, 2013

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PHILADELPHIA - The Georgetown track & field team competed at the 119th Running of the Penn Relay Carnival today at historic Franklin Field in front of a crowd of 23,301. It was a perfect day for track with the temperatures creeping toward 70 degrees and the sun shining all day.

In the women's distance medley relay, the Hoyas put together the best foursome with some key role players visibly missing from the outdoor season. Andrea Keklak, a transfer from Princeton before arriving on the Hilltop, led off for the Hoyas in the 1,200-meter leg. Keklak kept in good position through 400 meters and made a move on the outside to pull into third before the back straightaway of the second lap. Keklak was solid through 800 but the final lap of the first leg brought some strong performances from the field and Keklak slipped back to ninth through the first exchange.

Deseree King took over the 400-meter leg and was able to put the Hoyas back into the top eight as she pulled ahead of Indiana's Elise Hunter with 800-meter specialist and All-American Chelsea Cox taking over the third leg. Confusion at the exchange with a 400-meter runner still on the track led to a mishandled baton that put Cox in ninth to start her leg.

Katrina Coogan, in what has been deemed a breakout season for the sophomore, took over the anchor leg. Coogan managed to move up to seventh and edged out LSU on the final straightaway of what ended up being a very strong split.

The Hoyas finished with a time of 11:22.08 for seventh place.

Less than one hour later, Georgetown returned to the track for the 4x400-meter relay heats. Georgetown utilized two athletes from the DMR in the 4x400 heats.

Tenille Stoudenmire led off for Georgetown with King taking over the second leg. Through the second handoff, King had the Hoyas in fourth with Cox taking over the baton. Mirabel Nkenke anchored the Hoyas in her first appearance at the Penn Relays donning the Blue & Gray. The Hoyas finished fourth in the first heat with a time of 3:41.61, narrowly getting edged out by San Diego State.

With that time and following all nine heats, the Hoyas qualified for the ECAC section of the women's 4x400-meter final on Saturday.

The Blue & Gray return to historic Franklin Field for the Penn Relays tomorrow and Saturday.

 

 

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