May 26, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - On the final day of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Preliminary Championships the Hoyas advanced seven student-athletes to the final competition of the NCAA schedule. The Hoyas total nine athletes in six events traveling to Des Moines, Iowa for the NCAA Championships held at Drake Stadium June 6-9.
In the women's 1,500-meter run, the Hoyas automatically qualified two athletes to the semifinals in Des Moines. NCAA Champion and 10-time All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) and All-American Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) both qualified in time in the second of the two-heat quarterfinal. Infeld ran 4:19.14 while Schneider ran 4:19.73 to finish second and fifth, respectively in their heat.
With the top five from each heat advancing to the semifinals as well as the next two-fastest times, Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) and Lauren Borduin (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) both missed out on the semifinals as Coogan ran 4:23.76 to finish eighth in the second heat while Borduin finished 11th in the first heat with a time of 4:29.55.
Also advancing to Des Moines today is All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) who ran a superb race in the first heat of the women's 5,000-meter run to automatically qualify for the semifinals at the NCAA Championships. The top five of each of the two heats automatically qualify with the next two-best times also advancing. With eight laps to go the pack finally started to thin with Chambers moving toward the front as she nestled comfortably into sixth for a few laps. She moved into fourth place with five laps to go and would stay there through nearly the rest of the race. The kick down the final straightaway saw Chambers take third in the heat with a time of 16:23.12.
In the women's 4x400-meter quarterfinal, Tenille Stoudenmire (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo), All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional), London Finley (Los Angeles, Calif./St. Mary's Academy) and All-American Amanda Kimbers (Baltimore, Md./McDonough) competed in the second of three heats with the top three of each heat and the next three-best times advancing to the semifinals in Des Moines. With a second-place time of 3:35.82, the Hoyas punch a ticket to nationals with a season-best time.
Joanna Stevens (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg), Annamarie Maag (Lake Oswego, Ore/Jesuit) and All-American Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) each competed in heat one of the women's 5,000 finishing 13th (16:47.58), 14th (16:53.09) and 20th (17:04.94), respectively. In the second heat, Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) finished 13th in the second heat with a time of 16:48.07.
The men's 5,000-meter run was a two-heat event with the top five from each heat along with the next two-fastest times. Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) ran a strong race, showing tremendous strength over the final 1,200 meters, especially the last 800. As the field dropped the hammer in the race with three to go, Springer not only kept with the pace but made his move toward the front. He held on through the back straightaway on bell lap and through the final turn. Coming off the curve, a couple of runners had a little more steam in the engine and were able to kick harder than Springer as he narrowly missed an automatic qualifying time as he finished sixth with a time of 14:18.85. On the bubble, Springer awaited the second heat to determine his outcome. Heat two proved to be faster than the first, bumping Springer out of the semifinals.
T.C. Lumbar (Edina, Minn./Edina) finished 15th (14:33.97) while Mark Dennin (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown) placed 24th (15:05.81) in the first heat. Alex Lundy (Littleton, Colo./Heritage/Maryland) ran 15:13.61) to take 24th in the second heat.
The Hoyas will return to action at the NCAA Championships held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa June 6-9.