NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Georgetown men's track team placed fourth and the women's team placed sixth at the 2004 IC4A/ECAC Outdoor Championships last weekend in New Haven, Conn., on the campus of Yale University.
The men's team accumulated 43 points to place fourth behind the U.S. Military Academy (50), Rutgers (48.75), and George Mason (48). The women tallied 43 points to place sixth behind Pittsburgh (92.2), Syracuse (64), Duke (54), Cornell (48.20) and Rutgers (46.5).
Last year the men placed seventh at the meet, while the women placed second. Georgetown had won the men's event in the five consecutive years prior, starting in 1998 through 2002, and the women's team finished second at the meet in each of the last two years, and won the event in 2000 and 2001. This year, many of Georgetown's top male and female athletes did not compete, or raced in events outside their normal range, in order to prepare for the NCAA Regional Championships, which start on May 28.
Senior James Graham (Washington, D.C./ Northwestern) won the men's 400m hurdles (51.38), while Maura McCusker (Stoneham, Ma../ Stoneham) won the 800m and Treniere Clement (Stow, Ohio/ Stow-Monroe Falls) won the 3000m (9:21.99) on the women's side to pace their respective teams. The performances from Graham and McCusker met the NCAA Regional qualifying standard, and all three efforts earned 10 points in the team standings. The 3000m is not contested at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Behind Graham on the men's side, senior Ali Najjar (Temple Hills, Md./ Northwestern) placed second in the 800m (1:50.51), junior Tommy Manning (Lake Oswego, Ore./ Jesuit) placed third in the 1500m (3:48.19) and sophomore Chris Bonner (Weston, Mass./ Xaverian Brothers) placed fifth in the 400m dash (47.40). All three efforts met NCAA Regional qualifying standards, and Manning and Bonner each established new personal records.
Also scoring points on the men's side were Dan Tebbano (Clifton Park, N.Y./ Shenendehowa) and Jesse O'Connell (Westminster, Md./ Westminster) in the 1500m, as well as the 4x400m and 4x800m relays.
The women received strong efforts from senior Monica Hargrove (New Haven, Conn./ James Hillhouse) in the 400m dash (54.01), senior Amanda Pape (Olathe, Kan./ Olathe South) and junior Nicole Lee (Palos Verdes, Calif./ Peninsula) in the 3000m and 5000m, as well as the 4x400m and 4x800m relays. Pape (16:43.29) and Lee (16:46.20) both qualified for the NCAA Regional meet in the 5000m, while Hargrove met the Regional standard in the 400m. Lee already holds the nation's No. 13 time in the 10,000m (34:04.58) and Pape is ranked No. 26 in the East region in the 5,000m (16:37.46).
Both teams will travel to the University of Florida for the NCAA Eastern Regional Championships on May 28-29.