Georgetown Track & Field Competes at the Father Diamond Invitational
Jan. 10, 2009
Fairfax, Va. - The Georgetown University indoor track & field program competed at the Father Diamond Invitational today, hosted by George Mason University. Today's meet saw 12 student-athletes record postseason qualifying times - seven men and five women. The event was held at the Recreation Sports Complex (Field House) on George Mason's campus in Fairfax, Va.
The 1000m run was highlighted with the likes of the Blue & Gray, old and new as the top three finishers have at one point or still do represent Georgetown track & field. Current Hoya, graduate student Liam Boylan-Pett (Bath, Mich./Columbia) ran unattached to win the race with a time of 2:24.28. He was followed by former Hoya and five-time All-American Matt Debole who graduated last spring, also running unattached (2:24.55) and junior Sandy Roberts (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) with a time of 2:26.10, in second and third, respectively. Roberts' time qualifies him for both the BIG EAST and IC4A Championship in the 1000m later this season.
For the men, the freshman class let their voice be heard as four members of the class of 2012 posted postseason qualifying times today. Freshman Kamryn Austin (Ewing, N.J./Ewing) put up a stellar performance in the preliminary round to qualify for the IC4A Championship in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.13 - he had already qualified for the BIG EAST Championship in a previous meet. Classmate Biyerem Ogenkwu (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway Township) ran an 8.31 in the 60m hurdles final round to finish fourth and post a BIG EAST qualifying time. Freshman Mark Dennin (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyerstown) ran a BIG EAST qualifying time in the mile with a time of 4:17.87 to take first place in the event. Also qualifying for the postseason was Odosa Aghayere (Henrietta, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta) when he put up a mark of 13.66m in the men's triple jump to take seventh place.
Though he has already qualified for both the BIG EAST and IC4A, junior Tom McCoubrey (South Portland, Maine/South Portland) recorded a throw of 15.03m in the shot put today, hitting the BIG EAST mark once again.
Senior Terrell Gissendanner (Rochester, N.Y./Edison Tech) joined the group of Hoyas to move on to the postseason when he ran an 8.12 in the preliminary round of the 60m hurdles to qualify for both the BIG EAST and IC4A Championships. He went on to take third place in the final round of the event. Later in the day, Gissendanner took third place again and qualified for the BIG EAST Championship in the triple jump when he recorded a mark of 14.19m.
For the women, junior Abigail Johnson (Willingboro, N.J./Milton Hershey [Pa.]) qualified for the postseason in two events as she posted a BIG EAST and ECAC qualifying time (56.80) in the 400m, taking second place and then taking fourth in the 200m with a fourth-place time of 25.29 - qualifying for the BIG EAST Championship.
Senior Buky Bamigboye (Brentwood, Tenn./University School) posted a BIG EAST and ECAC qualifying time in the long jump with a mark of 5.68m to take second place.
Senior All-American Maggie Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) glided into the postseason as she ran a 2:11.68 800m to take first place, qualifying for both the BIG EAST and ECAC Championships.
Freshmen London Finley (Los Angeles, Calif./St. Mary's Academy) and Lauren Borduin (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) both qualified for the postseason as Finley won the 60m hurdles event with a time of 8.80 to qualify for the BIG EAST and ECAC Championship. Borduin took second place in the 1000m (2:55.91) to also qualify for the BIG EAST and ECAC Championships. Borduin was second to former Hoya Susan Hendrick, who ran the event unattached, timing in at 2:53.99.
The Hoyas return to action on January 16-17 for the Virginia Tech Invitational held in Blacksburg, Va.