Tomlin and Schneider Advance to NCAA Finals in 1,500-Meter Run; Kinney Sets School Record
June 9, 2011
WASHINGTON - On just the second day of competition at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, two Hoyas advance to the finals of the women's 1,500-meter run. The four-day event held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, is host to six members of the Blue & Gray to travel to the Hawkeye State, with four competing today. While two student-athletes advanced to the finals of one event, another was setting a school record in his final race in a Georgetown uniform.
All-Americans Renee Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) and Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) both qualified for the finals of the women's 1,500-meter run with Tomlin handily winning her heat, the first of two, with a time of 4:18.34. All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) also competed in heat one, running 4:21.32 for seventh place. Schneider, competing in heat two, qualified on time, as she ran 4:18.52, snagging the last qualifying spot for the finals.
All-American Chris Kinney (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge) competed in his last race for the Blue & Gray today and just like many other days that he put on his Georgetown uniform, Kinney walked out onto the track and set a school record. No stranger to this feat, Kinney has broken and even shattered existing records on the Hilltop and then come back one week later only to break the very record he set a week prior. Running 13.75, Kinney set a new school record by two-hundredths of a second, besting his previous record of 13.77 set in 2009. While Kinney's time was not enough to advance to the finals, hewill undoubtedly get another All-America nod, leaving GU as a four-time All-American.
Tomorrow's action is limited to six-time All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) who will be competing In the women's 5,000-meter run as the No. 1 seed, an honor she earned after running 15:55.50 - the fastest time of both the east and west prelim rounds - in Bloomington, Ind., two weeks ago at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships. The race will begin at 9:10 p.m., ET.
A videostream covering the event can be accessed on www.ncaa.com throughout competition on Friday and Saturday when the championships are not being televised. Friday's television schedule is 7:30-9:30 p.m., ET, on CBS Sports Network (cable) while the event will be televised on CBS on Saturday from 1-3 p.m., ET.