February 22, 2003 Syracuse, N.Y. – The Georgetown University women’s track & field team is currently in eighth place after the first day of competition at the 2002-03 BIG EAST Indoor Championships held at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. Notre Dame is in first place with 36.5 points, followed by Miami in second place with 34 points and West Virginia in third with 26.5. Boston College is fourth (26 pts.); Pittsburgh fifth (21); Villanova sixth (17) and Syracuse seventh (16). The Hoyas have 16 points heading into tomorrow’s events.
Sophomore Nicole Lee (Palos Verdes, Calif./Peninsula) was GU’s top finisher in one of the few event finals of the day. Lee ran 17:03.85 in the 5000-meter run to earn fourth place and qualify for ECACs. Boston College’s Julie Spolidoro won the race in 16:45.19.
In other final action, Georgetown notched a sixth-place finishes in the pole vault and distance medley relay. Sophomore Erica Derrickson (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) cleared 11’ 5-3/4” in the pole vault for the sixth spot. Jaime Volkmer (Notre Dame) was the winner with 13’ 1-1/2”. Juniors Rose Wetzel (Seattle, Wash./Blanchet) and Dionna Jordan (Newport, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey), freshman Kim Malcolm (West Chester, Penn/Villa Maria Academy) and junior Colleen Kelly (Maple Glen, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) teamed up to record 11:47.38, while Notre Dame turned in the winning time of 11:24.45. West Virginia was second in 11:26.35 and Providence was third in 11:33.40.
Senior Jamillah Bowman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Pioneer) crossed the finish line of the 500-meter dash in second place with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 1:13.93. Junior Monica Hargrove (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) was fifth in 1:14.15. Both move on the finals of the 500.
Two Hoyas will also be featured in the finals of the 1000-meter run. Senior Erin Sicher (College Park, Md./Good Counsel) and freshman Meghan O’Neil Phoenixville, Pa./Spring Ford) ran three-four in the race with ECAC-qualifying times of 2:51.74 and 2:52.55, respectively.
Three Georgetown women will have an opportunity to compete in the finals of the 800-meter run tomorrow as well as compete at ECACs. Junior Kori Hamilton (Glendora, Calif./St. Lucy’s Priory) and Treniere Clement (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Monroe Falls) along with senior Jill Laurendeau (Manchester, N.H./Manchester Central) advanced. Hamilton clocked 2:13.72; Clement 2:10.02; and Laurendeau 2:12.58.
For complete results, please go to: http://www.monmouth.com/~scullion/03indoor/beastw.htm