Georgetown Women's 4x400 Qualifies for Championship of America Final at Penn Relays
April 26, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - The Georgetown track & field team traveled up I-95 for the 118th running of the Penn Relays Carnival. Though clouds threatened and there was rain earlier, the track was dry for the collegiate portion of competition today. Three races were slated for the Hoyas on Thursday including the women's distance medley relay, the women's 4x400-meter heats and the women's 5,000-meter run.
The day started with the women's distance medley relay race, an event the Hoyas won in 2011. Despite returning three of the four who won the event a year ago, GU opted to race a younger team and focus on the foursome gaining more experience running at Penn Relays.
"We decided for Emily Infeld and Rachel Schneider running a 5,000-meter in California less than a week ago that they would only compete in two races at Penn Relays," Associate Head Coach for Men's and Women's Track & Field Chris Miltenberg said. "We really wanted to showcase our depth with a young team - all freshmen and sophomores by eligibility - and without Emily or Rachel, that we are still in it with some of the best competition in the country."
All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) led off for the Hoyas splitting 3:24.0 to keep the Hoyas in fourth through the first exchange. All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) took over the 400-meter leg - an 800-meter specialist and two-time Penn Relays winner in the DMR running the 800 (once in high school, 2011 for GU), the choice was certainly bold. Cox split 56.8, the fifth-fastest split in a stacked field.
Hannah Neczypor (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) split 2:11.0 going in to the final exchange, keeping the Blue & Gray in the top five through the final handoff. Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) took over the anchor leg and split 4:46.5 as the Hoyas finished in seventh place with a time of 11:18.34.
A short 20 minutes later, Cox prepared to run in the women's 4x400-meter relay heats. London Finley (Los Angeles, Calif./St. Mary's Academy) led off for the Hoyas with Amanda Kimbers running the second stanza, handing off with the Hoyas in the lead. Cox ran her second 400 of the day, both within 20 minutes of each other, and kept the Hoyas in the top three as Tenille Stoudenmire (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) took over the anchor.
The Hoyas finished fourth in their heat with a time of 3:37.94 behind Oregon (3:33.78), Illinois (3:34.16) and Texas Tech (3:36.03) in what turned out to be the fastest heat. The time puts the Blue & Gray with the eighth-fastest time in the field, qualifying the foursome for the Championship of America final on Saturday at 5:50 p.m.
In the women's 5,000-meter run, Joanna Stevens (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) and Jenna Davidner (South Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) competed in the event. They stuck together until there were five laps to go when Stevens began to pull away. Sitting in 19th place for much of the race, Stevens surged up to 14th place over the last 1,600 meters with a time of 16:59.82. Davidner placed 20th with a time of 17:22.84.
The Hoyas continue at Franklin Field tomorrow with the men's 4x100-meter relay, women's 4x1,500-meter Championship of America, the men's distance medley relay, the men's 4x400-meter heats and the women's sprint medley relay.