Georgetown Men and Women Both Finish Third at BIG EAST Track & Field Championships
May 3, 2009
VILLANOVA, PA. - The rain would not let up today on the final day of the BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at the Jumbo Elliott Track on the campus of Villanova University. The Georgetown women finished third of 16 teams with 91 points. Louisville led the field with 138, followed by Connecticut with 102. The Georgetown men finished third of 14 teams with 92 points. Notre Dame slipped just past Louisville to win with 130.50 points as the Cardinals were second with 130 points.
Senior All-American Maggie Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) entered two events at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships - she is now walking away with two more BIG EAST Championships to her name, a career total of seven BIG EAST Championships. Infeld ran a season-best 4:16.37 in the women's 1500m finals to win the event. Her time ranks as the fifth-best collegiate time in the women's 1500m and is a new BIG EAST Outdoor Championships meet record. Infeld stayed with the front of the pack through the majority of the race but with 200 meters to go, Infeld and Villanova's Frances Koons made their moves and separated from the field. Infeld took over on the final turn and held off Koons through the final straightaway. Senior Avril Ogrodnick (Beaconsfield, Quebec/Beaconsfield) also competed and finished sixth with a time of 4:25.80 and graduate student Carmen Ballard (Kelowna, British Columbia/Columbia) finished seventh, also picking up points for the Hoyas with a time of 4:26.50.
Maggie then anchored the winning women's 4x800m relay as senior Christine Whalen (Los Gatos, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) led off the quartet and established the Hoya lead from the first carry. Junior All-American Renee Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) took over the second leg and extended the GU lead and by the second exchange, freshman All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) had at least a 20 meter lead on the field. Emily continued to extend the gap before handing off to her sister Maggie running the anchor. The Hoyas finished first with a time of 8:42.40.
Graduate student Liam Boylan-Pett (Bath, Mich./Columbia) can now add "BIG EAST Champion" to his resume as he ran the fourth-best collegiate time in the 1500m to take first place, timing in at 3:41.47. He stayed with the front of the pack and took on Providence's David McCarthy coming off the final turn and passed him on the final straightaway. The time is the 12th-best mark on GU's all-time list. Junior All-American Sandy Roberts (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton) garnered points for the Blue & Gray as he finished eighth with a time of 3:51.08.
In just his second year on the Hilltop, sophomore Chris Kinney (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge) is now a BIG EAST Champion - winning the men's 110m high hurdles with a time of 13.96, certainly impressive considering the weather conditions. Senior Terrell Gissendanner (Rochester, N.Y./Edison Tech) ran a third-place time of 14.51 with freshman Biyerem Okengwu (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway Township) finishing fifth (14.53) and freshman Kamryn Austin (Ewing, N.J./Ewing) finishing seventh (14.89). All four earned points for GU.
Competing in just her first BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, freshman London Finley (Los Angeles, Calif./St. Mary's Academy) can now call herself a BIG EAST Champion. In the women's 400m hurdles, Finley dominated the field with a time of 58.20, just missing the school record for the second day in a row. Finley has been more than impressive as her freshman campaign has come to fruition. Finley ran a 14.31 in the finals of the women's 100m hurdles to finish eighth overall.
In the men's 4x800m relay, the Hoyas finished in a heartbreaking second place with a time of 7:25.98 behind Villanova's squad with a 7:25.85. Roberts led off and had a rough carry as the Hoyas were running last through the first exchange with junior All-American John Maloy (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) taking over the second frame. He moved the Hoyas into a competitive position as junior Alex Bean (Somers, N.Y./Somers) made up the difference. Making his move on the final turn, Bean pushed the Hoyas into third before Boylan-Pett ran the anchor leg. Boylan-Pett closed the gap on his first 400 meters and was neck-and-neck with Villanova's Daniel Tully with 400 meters to go. As Boylan-Pett took over Notre Dame's Jack Howard, Tully was making a move on the outside and barely edged out Boylan-Pett for first place.
In an impressive performance, the women's 4x400m relay finished second with a time of 3:39.67. Graduate student Erika Moses (Redlands, Calif./Columbia) led off and got a good start for the Hoyas as Finley took over the second carry, moving the Hoyas into a solid third place and maintaining the position. Sophomore Deidra Sanders (Memphis, Tenn./Eastern) had the baton after the second exchange and ran an even race before handing off to junior All-American Abigail Johnson (Willingboro, N.J./Milton Hershey [Pa.]) running anchor. Johnson made her move on the last turn and put the Hoyas in second place overall.
Seniors Mike Krisch (Hopkins, Minn./Hopkins) and Daniel Nunn (San Luis Obispo, Calif./San Luis Obispo) and junior Levi Miller (Belfast, Maine/Belfast Area) competed in the men's 5000m run. Krisch and Nunn again kept with the front pack, just as they had in the 10,000m run last night, and this time Louisville's Cory Thorne hit his stride with 200 meters to go. Krisch came on strong off the final turn to take second place with a time of 14:15.94 while Nunn finished fourth with a time of 14:18.17. Miller maintained his pace throughout the race to finish fourth with a time of 14:27.05.
A trio of Hoyas competed in the women's 800m run with Tomlin as the first to cross the finish line for the Hoyas. The trio held off the rest of the crowd as Seton Hall's Clarisse Moh stuck with the pack. Coming off the final turn Moh made her move and passed the contingent of Hoyas tot take first place. Tomlin finished second (2:06.80) as Emily Infeld finished third (2:07.98) and Whalen finished fourth (2:09.20). Infeld's time is an NCAA Regional qualifying time while Tomlin and Whalen had previously qualified in the event.
Sophomore Sean Suber (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) ran a 21.61, his third-best time of the season, to finish third in the men's 200m dash. In the men's 400m hurdles, sophomore Toby Ulm (Marlborough, United Kingdom/St. John's School & Community College) ran a strong beginning to his race but fell just shy in the last 50 meters as he finished third with a time of 51.35.
Moses turned in a third-place performance in the women's 400m dash with a time of 54.57, an NCAA Regional qualifying time. Johnson finished fourth with a time of 54.68.
Freshman Katie McCafferty (Convent Station, N.J./Oak Knoll) ran a consistent pace in the women's 5000m run and stayed at the front of the second pack of competitors as West Virginia's Grandt and Villanova's distance duo of Koons and Marino pulled ahead. McCafferty ran a tough last 400 meters to finish fourth with a time of 16:26.90, edging off three other competitors.
In the men's 4x400m relay, Suber led off and the Hoyas were fourth through the first exchange as Ulm took over the second carry. Junior All-American Danny Harris (Deer Park, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) ran the third carry and moved the Hoyas into third with freshman Theon O'Connor (Kingston, Jamaica/Campion College) anchoring the quartet. O'Connor maintained his position through 350 meters but slipped to fourth overall with a time of 3:12.93.
In the men's 4x100m relay, Gissendanner led off with a solid start handing off to Austin for the second leg. Austin maintained GU's position as Suber took over the third carry. With Kinney anchoring the relay, the Hoyas finished fifth overall with a time of 41.70.
In the women's 4x100m relay, junior Sarah Wernik (Florence, Mass./Northampton) led off the relay and got off to a good start before handing off to sophomore Kyla Cook (Concord, Mass./Concord Carlisle) who took over the second frame. Sanders took over the third carry with Johnson anchoring the quartet to a 47.14 sixth-place performance, a top 20 performance in the GU record books.
Maloy finished eighth in the 800m run with a time of 1:59.05.
A correction to Saturday's results - junior Lauren Gregory (Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls) finished second in the women's 3000m steeplechase but her time was 10:14.8, taken by hand. The time is still an NCAA Regional qualifying time - though Gregory had previously qualified earlier this season.
The Hoyas continue the outdoor season when the team travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the Chick-Fil-A UNC Elite Meet on Friday, May 8.
Men's Final Team Standings
Women's Final Team Standings