GU Track & Field Puts Up Strong Times at Hoya Spiked Shoe Invitational

Freshman Bria Murray qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the women's long jump.

Jan. 20, 2012

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BETHESDA, Md. - The Georgetown university track & field team hosted the second annual Hoya Spiked Shoe Club Invitational today at the Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence on the campus of Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Md. The Hoyas put up a number of impressive performances today and appear to be in impressive midseason form.

Eight-time All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) ran an impeccable race in the 1,000-meter run as she fell just shy of the school record. After the pace runner came off the track, Infeld was left alone as the lead runner and only continued to extend her lead on the pack. Her first-place time of 2:43.90 was just shy of the Georgetown school record (2:43.82) set in 1980 by Chris Mullen. All-American Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) finished second (2:46.98) followed by Hannah Neczypor (North Royaton, Ohio/North Royalton) in third (2:47.67) and Lauren Borduin (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) in fourth (2:50.19). All times qualified for the BIG EAST Championships.

Five Hoyas qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the men's 1,000-meter run. Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) took first place with a time of 2:26.70 followed by Omar Kaddurah (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) in second (2:27.00). Theon O'Connor (Kingston, Jamaica/Campion College) took fourth place (2:27.25) while Bobby Peavey (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) and Michael Reher (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep) took fifth (2:28.20) and sixth (2:29.39), respectively.

The women's mile saw five Hoyas punch their ticket to the postseason with a strong kick over the final 100 meters saw Annamarie Maag (Lake Oswego, Ore./Jesuit) take second just ahead of Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) in third recording times of 4:51.18 and 4:51.27, respectively. All-American Katie McCafferty (Convent Station, N.J./Oak Knoll) finished fourth (4:52.94) ahead of Claire Richardson, who ran unattached, with a fifth-place time of 4:53.32. All-American Emily Jones took sixth place (4:53.32) while Kelsey Smith (Exeter, N.H./Exter) finished in eight place (4:58.59).

In the men's mile, five Hoyas recorded BIG EAST qualifying times with the top six finishers coming from Georgetown. With a strong push over the last 400 meters, Max Darrah (South Yarmouth, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) and Ben Furcht (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) separated themselves from the pack and had a strong battle over the final 200 with a great finish up the home straightaway. Darrah edged out Furcht to take first place with a time of 4:11.44 while Furcht finished with a time of 4:11.92. Ryan Gil (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny), a freshman on the men's team, ran unattached and finished third (4:15.04), followed by TC Lumbar (Edina, Minn./Edina) and Alex Lundy (Littleton, Colo./Heritage/Maryland) in fourth (4:15.87) and fifth (4:16.35), respectively.

London Finley (Los Angeles, Calif./St. Mary's Academy) easily won the women's 300-meter dash with a time of 39.55, breezing by the competition. In second place was Natalie Englese (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) with a time of 42.80 followed by Diana Sainvil (Harksdale, N.Y./Woodlands) in third (43.09) and Bria Murray (Baton Rouge, La./St. Joseph's Academy) in fourth (43.23).

Running unattached today, Derek Armstrong (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) won the men's 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:17.02. Colin Leibold (Falls Church, Va./Gonzaga) also competed unattached and ran 8:22.17, good enough for third place, while Brian King (Sonoma, Calif./Cardinal Newman) finished fourth (8:22.43), enough to qualify for the BE Championships.

All-American Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) took second place in the women's 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:50.47, qualifying for the BIG EAST Championships.

Qualifying for the BIG EAST Championships in the men's 60-meter hurdles were Biyerem Okengwu (Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway Township) and Kamryn Austin (Ewing, N.J./Ewing). In the finals, Austin narrowly edged out Okengwu as he timed in at 8.23 while Okengwu recorded an 8.25.

Kadeem Hunter (Indianapolis, Ind./Brebeuf Jesuit Prep) slipped just past Christian Tobias (Saint Louis, Mo./Mary Institute Country Day) in the men's 60-meter dash as Hunter recorded a 7.06 while Tobias notched a 7.07. Hunter's time qualifies him for the conference championships in February.

Murray, a freshman jumps specialist, easily qualified for the BIG EAST Championships when she won the women's long jump with a mark of 5.53m. On the men's field side, Eghosa Aghayere (Henrietta, N.Y./Rush Henrietta Sperry) won the men's triple jump as well as qualifiying for the BIG EAST Championships with a mark of 14.05m

Austin Perron (Philadelphia, Pa./High School of Engineering and Science) won the men's 300-meter dash with a time of 35.22, just past Hansel Akers (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) in second place (35.47).

The women's 500-meter dash saw Deseree King (Oxon Hill, Md./Oxon Hill) win the event (1:13.68) while All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) finished second (1:16.05). The duo recorded BIG EAST qualifying times.

Toby Ulm (Marlborough, United Kingdom/St. John's School and Community College) took first place, narrowly defeating Kevin Wilson (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown/George Mason), who ran unattached. Both recorded times of 1:04.71 with Ulm taking the title in a photo finish.

The men's 4x800-meter relay saw the foursome of Reher, Peavey, Springer and Kaddurah take first place. Through the first handoff, the foursome had the lead and Springer really opened up the gap on his leg with Kaddurah kicking to ensure the time of 7:45.38.

The women's 4x800-meter relay featured two Hoya squads pitted against each other. The foursome of Kasper, Borduin, Neczypor and Kristen Walsh (Stony Point, N.Y./North Rockland) - Georgetown A - went against All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat), Maag, Schneider and Smith - Georgetown B. A strong start from Kasper gave the A team a small edge with Borduin maintaining the lead through the second handoff. Schneider pulled ahead on her 800 meters and handed off to Smith in the lead to give B the edge. Smith did not relinquish the lead and came in at 9:09.06 while Georgetown A recorded a time of 9:09.44.

The Hoyas took one and two in the men's 4x400-meter relay with the A squad timing in at 3:24.88 while the B team ran a 3:29.16. Tobias ran an impressive anchor leg to close the gap between the A and B squads.

The foursome of Finley, Cox, Stoudenmire and Dasilva easily took first place in the women's 4x400-meter with a time of 3:52.91. Finely

Sainvil ran a much stronger final to take first place with a time of 9.20. Autumn Touchstone won the women's high jump with a mark of 5'.

The Hoyas continue competition on January 27-28 at the Penn State National meet.



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