June 28, 2015
WASHINGTON - Georgetown track & field All-American Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) ran a personal record (PR) to finish 10th in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase on Sunday afternoon at the USA Track & Field (USATF) Championships held at historic Hayward Field. The four-day meet held on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene came to a close on Sunday with the Hoyas totaling five competitors on the track.
Fahy ran 8:35.25 to finish 10th in the steeplechase, the best finish of a collegiate runner in the race as Michigan’s Mason Ferlic clocked 8:40.18 to finish 13th. The time is a more than two second PR for Fahy who just finished his second year of eligibility in outdoor track & field.
“It feels great to end the season with a PR,” Fahy said after the race. “I’m glad I can finish off the year with a great weekend. It will definitely motivate me to work hard this summer and get ready for a good cross country season.”
The pace was established quickly and the race became very singular and linear but Fahy held on through the fast conditions, looking particularly strong over his final lap, splitting 1:04.45, the fourth-fastest over the final 400 meters. The top three were the only ones to run a faster split over the final 400 meters.
“I was more prepared for the two races after NCAAs,” Fahy said of his two-race performance this time around. “It’s difficult to run hard to qualify then come back for the final with one day in between. This time around I didn’t expect to feel great on the second day but I was confident I was in good enough shape to run well on tired legs.”
Fahy had previously claimed the third-fastest time in Georgetown history and Sunday’s performance put more of a gap between his time and the fourth-place 8:38.2, a time run by Mark Manley in 1992.
The first race on the track was the women’s 5,000-meter finals. Just three days after making Team USA in the women’s 10,000-meter run with a third-place showing, former Hoya and NCAA Champion Emily Infeld was back on the track. Now running for Nike’s Bowerman Track Club, Infeld stayed among the top six for the entirety of the race, leading through the first 1,000 meters. A tightly packed group of six at the bell, it was anyone’s race. Infeld made a strong move up the back straightaway leading in to Bowerman’s Curve and took the inside to force her opponents high. However, her kick was not enough as a trio was able to edge her out before the finish as Infeld finished fourth (15:07.18).
In the women’s 1,500-meter finals, the pace went out slow, perfect conditions for a seasoned kicker. Former Hoyas Treniere (Clement) Moser and Rachel Schneider lined up in the race, both hoping to make the coveted top three. As the field closed over the final 200 meters, it was anyone’s race as the only hope was to not get boxed in coming off the final turn. Despite closing with the third-fastest split over the final 400 meters, Schneider, now running for Under Armour, finished fifth with a time of 4:16.09. Moser, a runner with Nike’s Oregon Project, finished sixth, clocking 4:16.18.
Fellow Hoya Andrew Springer, running for New Jersey New York Track Club, competed in the men’s 5,000-meter finals. In his first year as a professional, Springer finished 13th in the race, timing in at 14:02.58.