Georgetown Distance Runners Shine at Mt. SAC Relays on West Coast
April 15, 2011
WASHINGTON - As the temperature barely crept above 90 degrees, the Hoya distance program made the Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif., look like their west coast home as they had a strong presence during the Mt. SAC Relays. The two-day event is a highlight on the schedule for the Blue & Gray and the distance program consistently performs well as they travel across the country.
The women's 1,500-meter elite invitational could have been billed as a preview of the BIG EAST Championship with the extra bonus of non-collegiate runners as well as a showcase of the fastest times recorded by NCAA student-athletes thus far in 2011. Six-time All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) finished third with a time of 4:12.04 behind a competitor from the Oregon Track Club/Nike and Villanova's Sheila Reid. Three-time All-American Renee Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) took fifth with a time of 4:13.15 - all were not only BIG EAST Championship-qualifying times but lead the BIG EAST and the NCAA.
In the Olympic development section of the women's 1,500-meter run, two-time All-American Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) finished fifth timing in at 4:19.50 while All-American Lauren Borduin (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) crossed at 4:21.59.
Andrew Springer (Waverly, R.I./Waverly) ran a 14:01.53 in the A section of the open men's 5,000-meter run, good enough for 10th place. Ben Furcht's (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) 14:17.70 in the B section was good enough for 18th place while James Grimes recorded a 14:41.64 in heat C. All times qualify for the conference championship.
All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) took third place overall and in her heat in the women's open 800-meter run with a time of 2:05.17, the fastest time recorded by a GU student-athlete in the 800 this season. It is also the fastest time recorded by anyone from the BIG EAST Conference so far this season according to the latest Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS). Cox was the first collegiate competitor to cross as the top two were competing for Mexico while the fourth-place competitor was from Evo Track Club while fifth place went to Connecticut's Brigitte Mania. Also competing in the race was Becca DeLoache (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) whose 2:09.68 earned her a spot at the BIG EAST Championships as did Emily Menges' (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) 2:11.28.
Billy Ledder (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga College H.S.) competed in the first men's race of the day - the open 1,500-meter run. The 10-section race saw Ledder cross at 3:50.19, qualifying for the league championships by more than five seconds.
In action that ended late on Thursday, All-American Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) took 10th place overall in the women's 10,000-meter run elite invitational. Her time of 34:27.05 was enough to easily qualify for the BIG EAST Championships in Villanova, Pa., as she was one of 16 competitors to break the 35-minute mark. Jones will compete in Friday's Olympic development 5,000-meter run to begin at 9 p.m., PST.
In a race that would have ended after midnight on the east coast but was merely past 9 p.m., on the west coast on Thursday night, T.C. Lumbar (Edina, Minn./Edina) finished 15th in the men's Olympic development 10,000-meter race with a time of 29:43.07. The close race saw one minute separate the top finisher from the 25th. While no one in the pack was able to break 29 minutes, only nine men have been able to achieve that feat so far during the season with the best time going to Liberty's Sam Chelanga who has a time of 28:15.64 to his credit.
Georgetown will stay on the east coast next weekend as they travel to Princeton, N.J., for the Larry Ellis Invitational on April 22 and 23.