Feb. 17, 2013
WASHINGTON - Two Hoyas left The SPIRE Institute today in Geneva, Ohio, as BIG EAST individual championships. All-American Chelsea Cox and Deseree King both won their first individual BIG EAST titles today as the Hoya women finished fifth as a team at the BIG EAST Championships while the men placed eighth. With 74 points, the women finished fifth behind Notre Dame (141), Connecticut (109), Villanova (98.5) and USF (84.5). On the men's side, Georgetown's 56 points were eighth behind Connecticut (142), Notre Dame (105.5), USF (89), Villanova (82), Louisville (65), Pittsburgh (60) and Syracuse (60).
All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) won her first individual BIG EAST Championship today, previously being a part of two BIG EAST Championship relay teams. Cox ran 2:09.37 in the finals of the 800-meter run, edging out her competition from Notre Dame by more than three-tenths of a second. Also running in the event, Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton) and Shanique Dasilva (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford) finished sixth (2:11.28) and seventh (2:11.45), respectively.
Deseree King (Oxon Hill, Md./Oxon HIll), the lone Hoya in the women's 500-meter final, ousted her competition with a time of 1:12.48, ahead of Villanova in second place with a time of 1:13.28. This is King's first individual BIG EAST title, she previously ran on a BIG EAST Champion relay team.
In the mile Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy), who has had a stellar indoor season thus far, finished second in the mile with a time of 4:40.75. In her first season of eligibility in indoor track, Coogan was edged out by three-hundredths of a second. Rachel Paul (Farmingville, N.Y./Sachem East) finished fourth with a time of 4:42.72 while fellow freshman Haley Pierce (Wilmington, Del./Tatnall School) finished ninth (4:54.39).
Coogan along with three other Hoyas competed in the women's 3,000-meter run today, an event that was stopped nearly halfway through with a complete do-over 45 minutes later. All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) finished sixth (9:29.49) followed by Coogan in seventh (9:33.53) and Joanna Stevens (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) and Annamarie Maag (Lake Oswego, Ore./Jesuit Prep) finished 12th (9:45.95) and 13th (9:53.49), respectively.
All-American Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) finished third in the women's 1,000-meter run, narrowly getting edged out at the finish with seven-tenths of a second separating the top three runners. Schneider's time of 2:46.86 was beat only by Villanova's Emily Lipari (2:46.19), the BIG EAST Conference Women's Track Co-Performer of the Meet, and Angel Piccifillo, also of VU (2:46.86). All three times were faster than the previous Spire facility record, 2:47.12, set in 2012. Hannah Neczypor (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) finished eighth in the event with a time of 2:55.39.
Tenille Stoudenmire (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) was a part of three finals today as she competed in the 60- and 200-meter finals and led off the 4x400-meter relay. Stoudenmire finished fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.17. She picked up a sixth-place finish in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.60.
Stoudenmire joined MIrable Nkenke (Orange, N.J./Immaculate Conception), Cox and King and the quartet finished fifth in the women's 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:40.99.
Paul, Dasilva, Schneider and Keklak competed in the women's 4x800-meter relay finishing third, timing in at 8:41.36.
On the men's side, Billy Ledder's (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga) second-place finish in the men's 1,000-meter run highlighted the day. He timed in at 2:30.06 as the lone Hoya in the final. Also competing solo in a final was Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) in the men's 800-meter run. Competing in his first conference championships, Bile and Connecticut's Robert Rhodes had matching times (1:51.71) with Rhodes taking second place with a breakdown of 1:52.702 to Bile's 1:51.707.
In the men's mile, Collin Leibold (Falls Church, Va./Gonzaga) ran a new PR with a time of 4:09.64 and unofficially split 1:59 over the last 800 meters to finish fourth. Also competing in the race, Dylan Sorensen (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) and Ryan Gil (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) finished ninth (4:12.52) and 10th (4:15.78), respectively.
Also PRing, Hansel Akers (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) finished fourth in the men's 500-meter run, timing in at 1:03.63.
Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) finished fourth in the men's 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:04.81. He was the first in a trio of Hoyas in the finals with Bobby Peavey (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) placing eighth (8:12.96) and Mark Dennin (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown) took 10th with a time of 8:13.33.
Andrew Ogle (Powell, Tenn./Powell), Brian Hencke (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg), Ledder and Bile came together for the men's 4x800-meter relay, timing in at 7:33.12 for third place behind Connecticut and Villanova.
Eghosa Aghayere finished eighth in the men's triple jump with a mark of 14.36m.
Devante Washington (Lafayette, La./Lafayette) finished eighth in the men's 400-meter dash with a time of 50.19.
The Hoyas return to action on Saturday, March 2 as they split sites between the Alex Invitational in South Bend, Ind., and Columbia Last Chance Meet in New York City.
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