April 28, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - It was an overcast day at Franklin Field for the final day of the 2012 Penn Relays Carnival. The day boasted some of the best track & field competition around with the London Olympics a mere three months away. In front of a crowd of 49,810 - and a three-day crowd of 112,416 - the Georgetown track & field team put up a number of strong performances to show that not only do they have depth, youth and versatility on their squads, but they are also poised for the postseason with the BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships less than one week away. The Georgetown women followed up yesterday's runner-up performance in the 4x1,500-meter relay with a third-place showing in the 4x800-meter relay today.
Hannah Neczypor (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) led off for GU today in the women's 4x800, showing experience beyond her years as she ran a strong race for the Hoyas - 2:09.7 - handing off to All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) who took over her leg in fourth place. Cox competed hard and kept the Hoyas in the race with a 2:05.6 split but Oregon started to pull away over the last 100 meters of the second leg.
All-American Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) ran the third leg, splitting 2:09.1, in the hunt for second place with Tennessee as Oregon continued to pull away. Georgetown was in a solid third place as All-American and NCAA Champion Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) took over the anchor leg, trying to catch Tennessee's Chanelle Price.
Infeld split 2:08.3 in a difficult race of trying to catch Tennessee's Price while also well ahead of Princeton's Greta Feldman. Georgetown finished third with a time of 8:32.67 behind Oregon (8:24.16) and Tennessee (8:27.04) and ahead of Princeton (8:42.48).
The first event on the track for the Blue & Gray today was the men's 4xMile Championship of America. Collin Leibold (Falls Church, Va./Gonzaga) led off for the Hoyas and did a good job at keeping the Hoyas in good position as the pace really picked up over the last lap, running a split of 4:11.9. Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) took over the second leg and with a quarter mile to go, made a strong move to put the Blue & Gray in a battle for third place, splitting 4:03.2, the second-fastest second-leg split.
Following the second handoff, there was a distinct lead pack that Georgetown was definitely a part of with about five teams chasing. Miles Schoedler's (Ocean View, N.J./Ocean City) split 4:07.5 over the third leg as he kept up a great speed through his first three laps. The lead pack kicked over the last 300 to separate themselves as a four-team lead pack with everyone else chasing. Mark Dennin (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyerstown) took the baton for the anchor leg in sixth place. Dennin had the difficult task of running on his own separate from the lead pack and a chasing Oklahoma and ahead of Texas A&M.
At one point the Aggies took over sixth place but a strong kick over the final 200 from Denning put Georgetown ahead of Texas A&M with a time of 16:41.99 for sixth place overall.
In the women's Olympic development mile, Lauren Borduin (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) was the fifth collegiate finisher, 11th overall, with a time of 4:43.89.
The men's Olympic development mile saw a familiar face with Men's Distance Coach Michael Banks taking second place, running unattached, with a time of 4:03.02. Banks was an All-American on the Hilltop before getting hired to work specifically with the men's distance program. Also in the race was Max Darrah, competing unattached, who finished eighth overall with a time of 4:09.08.
In the women's 4x400-meter relay COA, the Hoyas took sixth place overall with a time of 3:38.70. London Finley (Los Angeles, Calif./St. Mary's Academy) led off for Georgetown, pushing past Hampton in the next lane. All-American Amanda Kimbers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) ran a great second leg, pulling the Hoyas up to third place at the exchange before Cox took over. At anchor, Tenille Stoudenmire (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) ran a strong race but couldn't hold on as two runners pushed past her.
The men's 4x100-meter relay finished sixth on the track today in the IC4A final. Hansel Akers (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield), Tyler Smith (Jeffersonville, Pa./Norristown), Kevin Wilson (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstowne/George Mason) and anchor Kadeem Hunter (Indianapolis, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit Prep) ran 42.05 to place sixth in the race.
Akers would then lead off the last race of the day for the Hoyas in the IC4A section of the men's 4x400-meter relay. Akers kept the Hoyas in good position, handing off to Toby Ulm (Marlborough, United Kingdom/St. John's School & Community College) for the second leg. Ulm held on as Austin Perron (Philadelphia, Pa./High School of Engineering & Science) set up Wilson at anchor. Wilson ran strong through his entire leg, with a great sprint down the home straightaway to edge out Virginia. The Hoyas finished fourth in the IC4A section with a time of 3:10.02.
The Hoyas will continue competition next weekend at the BIG EAST Championships in Tampa, Fla.