April 26, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - Today was the second day of the 119th Penn Relays at historic Franklin Field on a sunny day in Philadelphia with temperatures creeping just shy of 70 degrees. The Georgetown track & field program competed in three races in front of a roaring crowd of 39, 103, the seventh-largest Friday crowd in the history of Penn Relays.
The men's distance medley relay was the first race on the docket for the Hoyas with a talented foursome put together by the GU coaching staff led by Director Patrick Henner.
Bobby Peavey led off for the Hoyas in the 1,200-meter leg. Through 400 meters, Peavey was sitting at eighth place. He stayed on the inside picking runners off through the second lap, waiting to make his move. On the back straightaway of his final lap, he made a move to take fourth place and battled for fourth as the field ran by the Wall of Fame at the historic venue.
Peavey, splitting 2:55.3, handed off to Devante Washington for the 400-meter leg who held his own throughout the lap. In his first Penn Relays donning the Blue & Gray Washington split 48.3 and handed off to Billy Ledder with the Hoyas in fifth place.
Ledder stayed on the shoulder of the fourth-place runner for the majority of his 800-meter stanza. Keeping the Hoyas in contention of what turned out to be a chase pack after Oregon, Villanova and Penn State pulled away, Ledder split 1:49.0 before passing the baton to anchor Andrew Springer.
Springer took over the 1,600-meter leg just behind Indiana. Staying right there with IU and seemingly drafting the runner for the better part of 1,000 meters, IU's Andrew Bayer then kicked into another gear, running the fastest 1,600-meter split of the race, and Springer slipped off his pace. Springer maintained his lead on the remainder of the field and split 4:04.6. The Hoyas finished fifth overall with a time of 9:37.25.
In the women's sprint medley relay some familiar faces from the women's 4x400-meter relay that competed in heats yesterday made another appearance today. Mirabel Nkenke led off for the Hoyas in the SMR, a race that goes 200 / 200 / 400 / 800. Nkenke kept the Hoyas in the race with GU competing in the fourth of four heats. Tenille Stoudenmire took over the second 200-meter leg and put the Hoyas in first place with just two legs to go.
DaSilva made a quick move to pull into first, ahead of Adelphi's Kristina Coiro and held that lead for most of the remainder of the race. As the two ran by the Wall of Fame, Coiro made her move and held off DaSilva through the final straightaway. The Hoyas finished second in their heat with a time of 3:58.75, less than five-tenths of a second behind Adelphi. With the race being determined on time following the four heats, the Hoyas finished 13th overall.
The Blue & Gray return to historic Franklin Field tomorrow for the final day of the Penn Relays.