Feb. 10, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University track & field program has sent student-athletes to both coasts on the final weekend of competition before the championship portion of the indoor schedule as well as a trio of Hoyas competing at the USA Junior Cross Country Championships in Missouri. Eight-time All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) highlights the Friday night action as she shattered the school record in the women's 3,000-meter run tonight at the BU Valentine Invitational hosted by Boston University. Infeld traveled with a contingent of Blue & Gray while another group traveled to Seattle, Wash., for the 2012 Husky Classic held at Dempsey Indoor Track.
Infeld handily won her 3,000 heat and thus the race as she timed in at 9:00.13, an NCAA automatic qualifying time and new school record. The previous record of 9:06.69 was set in 1984 by Suzanne Girard, a three-time All-American on the Hilltop. Infeld held off Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino by more than two seconds. D'Agostino took second place with a time of 9:02.15.
The time is an automatic qualifier for the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships held at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho on March 9-10. Based on the latest Track & Field Results & Reporting System (TFRRS) Infeld's time would be the second-best recorded time in the country this season.
Also competing in the event was Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) who finished 10th with a time of 9:33.13 and All-American Katie McCafferty (Convent Station, N.J./Oak Knoll) who finished 24th (9:53.65) - both marks were BIG EAST qualifying times.
Also in Boston, two-time All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) finished third overall in the women's 800-meter run with a time of 2:05.78. Cox recorded the fastest time of the collegiate runners, getting edged out by two post-collegiate runners in GBTC's Devotia MOrre (2:04.64) and NJ-NY Track Club's Stephanie Charnigo (2:05.44). Based on the latest TFRRS output, Cox's time is the 11th-fastest time in the country this season.
Also competing in the 800, Shanique Dasilva (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford) finished 19th (2:12.87) while Kristen Walsh (Stony Point, N.Y./North Rockland) finished 26th (2:14.58) - both were BIG EAST qualifying times.
In the women's mile two-time All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) finished eighth with a time of 4:46.45, followed by Lauren Borduin (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) in 10th place (4:48.08), Hannah Neczypor (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) in 13th place (4:49.60) and Kelsey Smith (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) in 15th place (4:52.42) - all were BIG EAST qualifying times. Chambers was the fourth collegiate finisher in the race that feature post-collegiate athletes in four of the top five spots. Also competing in the event and qualifying for the conference championships was three-time All-American Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) with a time of 5:02.57.
On the west coast, Claire Richardson (St. Paul, Minn./The Blake School) and All-American Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) competed in the open section of the women's 5,000-meter run. Richardson, competing unattached, finished 14th with a time of 16:34.22 while Jones crossed the finish right behind her, finishing 15th with a time of 16:38.66. Jones' time qualifies her for the BIG EAST Championships next weekend.
Competing in the men's open 5,000-meter run in Seattle, Alex Lundy (Littleton, Colo./Heritage/Maryland) finished 10th, clocking 14:03.61 while T.C. Lumbar (Edina, Minn./Edina) timed in at 14:22.55, good enough for 34th place. Both times are BIG EAST qualifying marks.
The Hoyas continue at both the BU Valentine Invitational in Boston and the Husky Invitational in Seattle tomorrow, February 11. In addition, three GU student-athletes will also be competing at the USA Junior Cross Country Championships in Saint Louis, Mo., tomorrow.