Hoya Women Win Three Individual Titles; Place Third Overall at 2007 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships
May 6, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Behind three individual BIG EAST titles, the Georgetown University women's outdoor track & field team placed third at the 2007 BIG EAST Outdoor Championship on Sunday in Storrs, Conn. The Hoyas totaled 103 points, trailing Notre Dame (120.5) and Louisville (106.5), who overtook Georgetown on the last event of the weekend for second place. This is the Hoyas fourth third place finish at the outdoor championships and best finish since 2002. The men were seventh overall with 57 points, as Louisville took the men's team title with 142 points.
Graduate student Hilary Bontz (Fort Collins, Colo./Columbia University) starred for the Georgetown women on Sunday, winning the 1500m and anchoring the 4x800m relay to the BIG EAST title. Bontz, who ran 4:20.30, is the sixth Hoya to win the women's 1500m, as Georgetown has won four of the last six titles at the outdoor games.
Georgetown won the women's 4x800m relay for the fifth time overall at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships and the first time since 2002. Red shirt sophomore Maggie Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont), freshman Renee Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City), senior Nana Hanson-Hall (New Rochelle, N.Y./New Rochelle) and Bontz combined to run 8:48.61.
Sophomore Buky Bamigboye (Brentwood, Tenn./University School) continued her impressive weekend by winning the 400m hurdles in a personal record time of 59.04. She is the fourth Hoya to win the 400m hurdles, but the first since Nadia McNeil took the crown in 1994. The time is 11th all-time in Georgetown history and moves her into the top-25 on the national list. Meanwhile, it is her second BIG EAST Outdoor title, as she won the Heptathlon last year, and her second All-BIG EAST honor of the weekend.
The Hoyas also earned runner-up honors in the 4x400m relay in a time of 3:41.89. Senior Nichole Torpey (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa), freshman Abigail Johnson (Hershey, Pa./Milton Hershey), senior Jayne Penn (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) and junior Ashley Hubbard (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) all earned All-BIG EAST honors.
In the individual women's 800m, Hanson-Hall, Hubbard and Tomlin finished sequentially in the third, fourth and fifth places. Hanson-Hall ran a season-best time of 2:08.23, followed by Hubbard in 2:08.37 and Tomlin in 2:10.19.
In the triple jump, senior Ashley Mondie (Washington, D.C./Milton Hershey) jumped a personal record for the second straight day, posting a distance of 41' 2.25" (12.55m) to place third, qualify for the NCAA East Regional and earn All-BIG EAST honors. Junior Alex Baptiste (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) was eighth with a jump of 37' 10.75" (11.55m)
Red shirt sophomore Melissa Grelli (Cupertino, Calif./Presentation) earned her second all-conference honor of the championship, placing third in the 5,000m finals in 16:26.85. Sophomore Natasha LaBeaud (Folsom, Calif./Folsom) was fifth in 16:57.99.
Also scoring for the Hoya women on Sunday was Infeld, who placed sixth behind Bontz in the 1500m, running 4:28.09 and Penn placing eighth in the 400m final in 56.72.
The men were highlighted by another runner-up finish by graduate student Fleet Hower (Marion, Va./Marion). Hower followed up his second place showing in the 10,000m on Saturday with the same finish in the 5,000m today, crossing in 14:19.60. Red shirt freshmen Levi Miller (Belfast, Maine/Belfast Area) was close behind, also garnering All-BIG EAST honors with a third place finish in 14:20.31. Senior Andre LaBoy (Danbury, Conn./St. Joseph's) rounded out the scorers for the Hoyas in the 5,000m, placing sixth in 14:34.77.
Sophomore Kenny Mitchell (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake) scored in three events on Sunday. Individually, he was fourth in the 100m in 10.75 and eighth in the 200m in 22.08, while also anchoring the 4x100m relay to a sixth place showing in 42.24, a new IC4A qualifying mark. Mitchell was joined on the relay by classmate Terrell Gissendanner (Rochester, N.Y./Edison Tech), freshman Ian Conyers (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Jesuit) and re shirt junior Kevin Ward (Manhasset, N.Y./Regis).
The Hoyas also had a solid finish in the 4x800m, placing third in 7:34.35. The trio of freshmen - Dan Gerber (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands), Alex Bean (Somers, N.Y./Somers) and John Maloy (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) - along with red shirt junior anchor Rasheed Thompson (Herndon, Va./Herndon) earned all-conference honors.
In a very close men's 1500m race, sophomore Andrew Bumbalough (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) was fifth with a time of 3:50.93, while junior Matt Debole (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) was seventh in 3:51.08.