Six-time All-American Emily Infeld (pictured) anchored the winning 2011 Penn Relays Women's DMR Championship of America squad today in Philadelphia.
April 28, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Thunderstorms plagued Franklin Field and the 117th running of the Penn Relays Carnival today but the sun seemed to shine at just the right time as the Hoya women won the Distance Medley Relay Championship of America for the second time in program history - the first coming in 1996. The Blue & Gray won with a time of 10:51.49, a new school record, crushing the previous record of 11:01.47 set in 1997 by nearly 10 seconds. This is the fifth Championship of America victory for the Hoya women and the 29th overall for the Georgetown track & field program with the first coming in 1922.
"I couldn't be more proud of this group," Head Women's Cross Country Coach / Assistant Track & Field Coach Chris Miltenberg said. "To come in here without a lot of attention and to surprise a lot of the competition was really a great achievement. We knew we would be right there with some of the best competition in the country but to come away with a win was truly great."
Three-time All-American Renee Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) led off the 1,200-meter leg staying with the front of the pack as LSU led for the first 500 meters. As other teams started to overtake LSU, Tomlin moved into second through the handoff, splitting 3:19.81, with GU record-holder Amanda Kimbers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) taking over the 400-meter leg. Kimbers, an expert in shorter distances such as the 100 and 200, showed no signs of being out of her element, taking over first place through the second exchange and splitting 54.54.
All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) took over the 800-meter leg, the same leg she ran at the indoor national championships, splitting a 2:05.58) and staving off Tennessee's Chanel Price who was on her hip for the majority of her leg.
With the Hoyas in the lead through the final exchange, there is no other Hoya more trusted to take over the anchor leg of the women's DMR than six-time All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont). One who loves to be the underdog, Infeld was in a position to be chased for the majority of her leg and fought off Virginia's Stephanie Garcia and Tennessee's Brittany Sheffey through the entirety of her leg. On bell lap, Infeld dropped the hammer, finishing with a 4:3156 split, the fastest 1,600-meter split of the day.
"I kind of like being the underdog going into a race," Infeld said. "It takes some of the pressure off. I think it's fun to come out and surprise people. Everyone on my team did their job and I just wanted to do mine, too."
This is the second time the Hoyas have won the Women's DMR Championship of America at Penn Relays with Miesha Marzell, Amy Ross, Julian Reynolds and Joline Staeheli winning it in 1996 with a time of 11:07.69.
In other action on the track today, All-American Emily Jones took third place in the women's 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:33.11. She stayed in the top five for the majority of the race and had a strong kick to secure third place on bell lap.
Running in the heats for the women's 4x400-meter relay, London Finley (Los Angeles, Calif./St. Mary's Academy), Chela Green (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth), Becca DeLoache (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) and Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) ran a 3:43.18, the 18th-best time of the day. The time qualifies the quartet for the college division finals of the event on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. EST.
The women's 4x100-meter relay squad was led off by Green with Kimbers taking over the second leg and Diana Sainvil (Harksdale, N.Y./Woodlands) and All-American Deidra Sanders (Memphis, Tenn./Eastern) taking over the third and fourth legs, respectively. The foursome crossed the line with a time of 47.14 and will compete in the college division of the finals on Friday at 1:05 p.m., with two sections of the final to be competed.
The Hoyas will continue action tomorrow at Franklin Field with all of the action available on the blog at www.GUHoyas.com and updated results on www.ThePennRelays.com.