Hoyas Start 2005 Outdoor Track & Field Season Off with Outstanding Performances
March 29, 2005
RALEIGH, NC - The Georgetown University men and women's track & field team traveled to Raleigh, NC, to participate in the 2005 Raleigh Relays held Friday-Saturday, March 25-26 at the Paul Derr Track. The Hoyas won several events and qualified for post-season competition.
Georgetown's relay entries returned home with several first-place finishes on the women's side. The GU women won the 4 x 800 and Sprint Medley, and earned runner-up accolades in the 4 x 1500. Georgetown cruised to victory in the 4 x 800 with an ECAC-qualifying time of 9:08.36, easily outdistancing second-place Duke's 9:09.60, and third-place Virginia Tech's 9:14.28. The Hoyas crossed the finish line of the Sprint Medley in 4:00.15, besting Seton Hall's 4:00.27. Penn State was third in 4:01.70. North Carolina State won the 4 x 1500 in 18:20.44, with the Hoyas in second place in 18:44.17. Virginia earned third place in 18:48.50. Georgetown also claimed fourth place in the 4 x 400 relay with an ECAC-qualifying time of 3:48.06. St. Augustine's was first (3:41.14), followed by Penn State in second (3:44.48), and Virginia Tech in third (3:47.81).
The Hoya men claimed two second-place finishes in the relay events, as well as an eighth and 12th place finish. Georgetown garnered runner-up honors in the 4 x 1500 and Sprint Medley. Minnesota was the first school across the line in the 4 x 1500 with a time of 15:41.29, followed by GU in 15:47.08. James Madison was third in 15:48.42. The Hoyas clocked 3:23.23 in the Sprint Medley, just behind Eastern Kentucky's winning time of 3:22.54. Seton Hall was third in 3:23.59. Minnesota also won the men's 4 x 800 (7:35.69), while the Hoyas were eighth in the race (7:44.02/IC4A qualifier). The Hoyas also qualified for the IC4As in the 4 x 400. UNA-Nike GW was the winner of the 4 x 400 in 3:07.16. Georgetown recorded 3:18.79 for 12th place.
Individually, junior Chris Lukezic and freshman Maggie Infeld returned home with first-place finishes from the two-day meet. Lukezic won the men's seeded 5000-meter run with an NCAA regional qualifying time of 14:01.68. Ed Moran of William & Mary was a distant second in 14:10.40. Infeld ran 4:28.60 to win the 1500-meters. Bryn Mawr's Sheila Klick was second in 4:29.25 and Virginia's Shannon Hawrylo third in 4:30.04.
Infield also ran to a sixth-place finish, and a chance to compete in the ECACs, in the seeded 5000 (16:53.16). Trish Nervo of UNA Fleet Feet was the winner of the 5000, followed by Charlotte's Cassie Ficken's second-place finish of 16:34.64.
Other finishes on the men's side: GU junior Steve Meinelt was seventh in the 5000 with an IC4A-qualifying 14:18.35, while junior Charlie Millioen was eighth in the unseeded 1500-meter run in 4:00.64. Junior Stanley Lagrenade turned in a 14th-place performance in the 800-meter invitational run with an IC4A-qualifying 1:54.49.
Top performances on the women's end: Sophomore Nana Hanson-Hall and junior Meghan O'Neil ran third and fifth in the 800-meter invitational run. Hanson-Hall time was 2:10.97 for third place, and O'Neil's 2:12.53 for fifth. Both women qualified for ECACs. Junior Sabine Knothe and sophomore Elizabeth Maloy also qualified for ECACs in the 1500-meter run. Knothe's time of 4:33.90 was good for sixth place in the race, while Maloy's mark of 4:35.85 earned her 10th place. Junior Erin Henry was an ECAC qualifier in the seeded 5000-meter run. Henry registered a time of 17:31.37 to take 20th place.
The Hoyas also posted three top-10 performances in the women's field events. Junior Leilani Greene cleared 11' 1-3/4" in the pole vault to place seventh. The winner was Rhian Jenks of North Carolina (12' 5-1/2"). Sophomore Ashley Mondie earned a ninth-place finish in the triple jump (38' 4"), and a 10th-place finish in the long jump (17' 2-3/4"). Appalachian State's Ronda White won the triple jump (41' 7"), while Penn State's Gayle Hunter took home the title in the long jump (19' 6-14").
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