Hoya Women Take Second Place at BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships; Men Place Fifth
Feb. 22, 2009
New York, N.Y. - The Georgetown University track & field team finished its final day of competition at the BIG EAST Championships held at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in New York City. Junior Renee Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) and seniors Maggie Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) and Avril Ogrodnick (Beaconsfield, Quebec/Beaconsfield) all came away from the championship with two BIG EAST crowns to their name. The Hoya women placed second of 16 teams while the men placed fifth of 13. Connecticut swept both the men's and women's team championships.
In the first running event of the day, Tomlin took home an individual crown as she held off the rest of the field in a fast-paced 1000m run. She won the event with a time of 2:46.32 followed by Avril Ogrodnick in fourth place with a time of 2:48.23 and freshman Lauren Borduin (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) in seventh place (2:52.31). All were ECAC qualifying times.
That was not Tomlin's only time to shine as she anchored the BIG EAST Champion 4x800m relay squad. The Hoyas got off to a rough start with senior Christine Whalen (Los Angeles, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) running the first leg but she was able to pull as close as fifth place. After the first exchange, Maggie Infeld closed the gap and got the Hoyas into third place by the second exchange with Avril Ogrodnick taking over the third stanza. Staying strong, Ogrodnick handed off to Tomlin who stayed at pace with Villanova through two laps, but pulled away and took the lead by the 600m mark. With just one lap to go, Tomlin solidified the win as the Hoyas took first place with a time of 8:43.93.
In the women's 800m, Maggie Infeld led for the majority of the race but fell just shy in the last straightaway to take second place with a time of 2:09.81. Whalen was right behind Infeld with a third-place performance (2:11.59).
In the men's 60m hurdles, sophomore Chris Kinney (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge) who has had a terrific season thus far, took second place with a time of 7.91, just four-hundredths of a second off the top time. Freshman Kamryn Austin (Ewing, N.J./Ewing) took fourth place (8.13) while classmate Biyerem Ogenkwu (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway Township) was right behind in fourth place with a time of 8.17.
In her first BIG EAST Indoor Championship, freshman Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) placed third with a time of 4:44.56 followed by junior Lauren Gregory (Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls) in fifth place (4:51.24), both continuing to pick up points for the Hoyas.
Senior Andrew Bumbalough (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) placed third in the men's 3000m with a time of 8:10.88 while senior Justin Scheid (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXII) finished fifth, timing in at 8:13.98.
The quartet of senior Alex Mason (Scottsdale, Ariz./Brophy Prep), senior Danny Harris (Deer Park, N.Y./St. John the Baptist), senior Sandy Roberts (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) and junior John Maloy (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) placed third overall in the men's 4x800m relay. After the first exchange, the Blue & Gray was in fifth place and Harris led them to a solid fourth-place standing going into the third leg. Roberts stayed consistent with the pace handing off to Maloy who closed the gap to eventually takeover second place. The Hoyas eventually finished the race in third place with a time of 7:31.48.
In the women's 4x400m relay, junior Sarah Wernik (Florence, Mass./Northhampton) ran the first leg, holding strong in second place through the first handoff to classmate Abigail Johnson (Willingboro, N.J./Milton Hershey [Pa.]). Johnson held the Hoyas at second as freshman London Finley (Los Angeles, Calif./St. Mary's Academy) took over the third stanza. After the third exchange, the Hoyas were in third place with graduate student Erika Moses (Redlands, Calif./Columbia) poised to take over the anchor leg. A strong push from Notre Dame left the Hoyas in third place overall in the relay.
Staying strong through the entire race, freshman Katie McCafferty (Convent Station, N.J./Oak Knoll) ran an impressive 9:29.59 in the women's 3000m to take fifth place overall.
Racing not only her opponents in her heat, but the clock as well, Moses won her heat with a time of 1:12.70 but as three others surpassed her time in the second section of the finals, Moses took fourth place overall in the 500m. In a similar situation, with two heats of the final round, Johnson was fourth overall in the women's 400m as she clocked in at 54.49.
Roberts was a fifth-place finisher in the men's mile as he finished with a time of 4:06.38 while sophomore Ben Hall (Victor, N.Y./Victor) finished 10th overall (4:14.77).
In her first BIG EAST Indoor Championship, Finley finished sixth overall in the women's 60m hurdles with a time of 8.61, a personal best. Also placing sixth in her event was Wernik as she ran a 24.53 in the women's 200m.
Mason picked up points for the Blue & Gray with a seventh-place showing (2:25.51) in the men's mile while Harris finished seventh overall with a time of 1:04.38 in the men's 500m.
Junior Tom McCoubrey (South Portland, Maine/South Portland) placed eighth in the men's shot put with a mark of 16.17m.
On the first day of competition, senior Buky Bamigboye (Brentwood, Tenn./University School) placed second in the heptathlon with 3967 points, a new school record, breaking her previous record by nearly 100 points.
The Hoyas continue the championship portion of the season with the IC4A/ECAC Championships on March 6-7 in Boston, Mass.
BIG EAST Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship Final Standings
BIG EAST Men's Indoor Track & Field Championship Final Standings