Hoya Women Take Second in 4x1,500-Meter Championship of America at Penn Relays
April 29, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - When a 6,000-meter race comes down to less than one second, it is truly heartbreaking. In their quest for the second of the trio of women's distance relays, the Hoya women's track & field team fell just short as Boston College defeated Georgetown by less than one second to win the women's 4x1,500-Meter Championship of America at the 117th Running of the Penn Relay Carnival at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The sun only peeked out from behind the clouds for brief moments throughout the rather cool day with winds gusting up to 29 miles per hour a 38,806 watched the races today.
The Hoya women won the first of the trio of women's distance relays when they won the DMR Championship of America last night and were searching for the second in the threesome today with the women's 4x1,500-meter relay. All-American Lauren Borduin (Columbia, Mo./Rockbridge) led off for the Hoyas, splitting a 4:24.4 with two-time All-American Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) taking over the second leg. Her 4:20.5 split kept the Hoyas in the top three with three-time All-American Renee Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) taking over leg three. Tomlin ran a 4:23.9 in the third leg, the fastest time in what proved to be the slowest leg. The Hoyas had a solid lead to build on with six-time All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) taking over the anchor leg. A true competitor, Infeld performs best when she's on the chase, and today's race was not in the cards for the Hoyas as BC's Caroline King split a 4:12.2 on her anchor leg to narrowly edge out Infeld, who split 4:16.9. The Hoyas crossed the line at 17:25.65 for second with BC taking first place, timing in at 17:25.19.
In the Women's Sprint Medley Relay Championship of America, the Hoyas ran a 3:55.93 to finish fifth overall in the event. Chela Green (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth) led off for the Hoyas, running the first of two 200-meter legs. London Finley (Los Angeles, Calif./St. Mary's Academy) ran the second 200-meter leg before handing off to Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), a two-sport athlete on the Hilltop as she also competes on the NCAA Elite Eight women's soccer team. Menges ran the 400-meter leg with Becca DeLoache (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) anchoring the 800-meter leg.
Today also saw the Hoyas compete in the Men's DMR Championship of America. Although ninth place (9:46.07) is far from what the Hoyas were looking for, with two freshmen on the squad, the Hoyas showed promise for the future and saw the second-best 800-meter split of the day. Billy Ledder (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga) led off for the Hoyas with a 3:01.38 split in the 1,200-meter leg as Toby Ulm (Marlborough, United Kingdom/St. John's School & Community College) split a 47.81 in the 400-meter portion. Running brilliantly and making up a lot of ground for the Hoyas, Theon O'Connor (Kingston, Jamaica/Campion College) split a 1:50.30 over 800 meters to put the Hoyas at the beginning of the chase pack going into the final stanza. Andrew Springer (Waverly, R.I./Waverly), in his first season of eligibility as a Hoya, anchored the DMR. The front pack seemed to slow down at the beginning of the anchor leg with the pack reconvening as one and the field relying on a solid kick to win the race. Springer split 4:06.58 to give the Hoyas ninth place. Despite the fastest anchor split of the day (4:01.25), fellow BIG EAST institution Providence finished fifth overall with a time of 9:40.99.
The Men's Sprint Medley Relay Championship of America saw the Hoya take sixth place with a time of 3:26.47, winning the third heat of the event. Kadeem Hunter (Indianapolis, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit Prep) led off for the Hoyas in the first 200 meters before handing off to Austin Perron (Philadelphia, Pa./High School of Engineering and Science) running in his neck of the woods. Hansel Akers (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) took over the 400-meter leg with Brian Hencke (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) running a solid anchor to edge out North Carolina A&T in the final 300 meters of his 800-meter stanza.
In the men's 110-meter hurdles the winds must have had an effect on the outcome as most of the field ran slower than their season PRs with the exception of GU's two-time All-American Chris Kinney (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge) who ran a season-best 14.00 in the event. Battling an injury that stemmed from the end of the indoor season, Kinney has continued to improve upon his time each week and will look to make an impact at the upcoming BIG EAST Championships next weekend.
The Hoyas will continue action tomorrow at Franklin Field with all of the action available at www.GUHoyas.com and updated results on www.ThePennRelays.com.