April 27, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - On a windy day where the sun only peaked from behind the moving clouds, the Georgetown track & field team took to the track at historic Franklin Field for the 2012 Penn Relays Carnival. With a number of events slated for the day, the early highlight for the Hoyas was taking second place in the women's 4x1,500-meter relay with a time of 17:40.99..
All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) led off for the Hoyas in the 4x1,500-meter relay. The first 400 showed that no one in the field was willing to take the reins and lead. The pack ran together through the first 800 and began to spread apart over the third lap. With the final 300 of her leg, Chambers moved the Hoyas into second place with a split of 4:33.1.
All-American Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) took over the second leg of the race, the pack spreading apart slightly with the Hoyas in the top four along with Oregon, Villanova and Dartmouth. With 700 meters to go Oregon's Alex Kosinski pulled ahead of the field while Georgetown battled with Villanova and Dartmouth. Schneider split 4:22.6 to keep the Hoyas in second through the second exchange.
Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) ran the third leg for the Hoyas. Over her leg, Coogan and Villanova set themselves apart from Dartmouth with splits of 4:25.3 and 4:25.1, respectively. Oregon's Anne Kesserling set up the Ducks with the fastest split of the day running 4:16.3 over her third leg, extending Oregon's lead to about 75 meters over the field. The final handoff set up a familiar scene pitting 10-time All-American and NCAA Champion Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) against Villanova's Sheila Reid, a multi-time NCAA Champion.
Infeld tucked behind Reid for the entirety of the race. Over the last 400, Reid and Infeld cut the gap with Oregon to just the final straightaway. Off that final turn, Infeld took the outside and the two battled down the straightaway with Infeld pushing past Reid over the final 10 meters. Infeld split 4:20.0, the second-fastest recorded anchor split behind Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino (4:18.9) and narrowly edging out Reid's split of 4:20.0.
The men's distance medley relay squad competed in the college heat of the event. Miles Schoedler (Ocean View, N.J./Ocean City) , Tyler Smith (Jeffersonville, Pa./Norristown), Omar Kaddurah (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) and Collin Leibold (Falls Church, Va./Gonzaga) ran in heat one of the two-heat event. Schoedler kept the Hoyas in the game with a strong move over his final 400 making smart moves on the back straightaway to close the gap. Smith took over his 400-meter leg in second place with Kaddurah receiving the baton in fourth. Though Kaddurah appeared to be losing steam, he had a strong last 200 meters to keep the Hoyas in the top four as Leibold anchored the foursome. At bell lap, Leibold moved up with the front pack as they spread out on the back straightaway. Leibold pushed through the finish with the Hoyas being one of only six teams to break 10 minutes in the 24-team field with a time of 9:59.36, good enough for sixth place.
The Hoyas finished 12th in the women's sprint medley relay with a time of 3:57.53. GU, one of just 13 teams to break four minutes of the 41-team field, finished fifth in their heat competing with a squad of London Finley (Los Angeles, Calif./St. Mary's Academy), Tenille Stoudenmire (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo), All-American Amanda Kimbers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) and Lauren Borduin (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge).
Earlier in the day, the Hoya men competed in the men's 4x100-meter relay with Hansel Akers (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield), Smith, Kevin Wilson (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown/George Mason) and Kadeem Hunter (Indianapolis, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit Prep) making up the team. The Hoyas ran 41.89 in the heats to qualify for Saturday's IC4A final. GU's time ranked third among BIG EAST Conference teams.
The men's 4x400-meter relay saw Austin Perron (Philadelphia, Pa./High School of Engineering and Science), Toby Ulm (Marlborough, United Kingdom/St. John's School & Community College), Akers and Wilson advance to the IC4A final of the event. Their time of 3:13.56 placed 20th overall in today's heats.
The Hoyas continue at Franklin Field tomorrow for the final day of the 2012 Penn Relays Carnival.