Georgetown Women Win BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships
Feb. 19, 2012
NEW YORK - The Georgetown University track & field team had some amazing individual performances today at the 2012 BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory that led to the seventh team title in program history for the Georgetown women's program. The day was highlighted by eight-time All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) who took home three BIG EAST titles from the weekend and two from today as well as the women's 4x400-meter relay team who defended GU's title from one year ago to ensure the Hoya win. The Georgetown women won with 102 points followed by Cincinnati (90), Villanova (89.5), Notre Dame (79) and Louisville (72) for the top five. The men placed 8th of 13. The Georgetown coaching staff won women's coaching staff of the year following the championships.
All-American Emily Infeld can now call herself a six-time BIG EAST champion after recording her first individual championship ever on the same day she captured her second individual championship with the previous four coming from relay events. Infeld dominated each race she was in to become the 21st athlete to win three events at the women's championships and just the second Hoya to do with Suzanne Girard being the first in 1984. She is only the second performer to win three titles in her particular events (mile, 3,000m, DMR) with Shannon Smith of Boston College achieving the feat in 2001.
For the majority of the women's 3,000-meter run, Infeld hung toward the middle of the pack. It was with 800 meters to go that Infeld made her move to the front, a lead she would never give up. She dropped the hammer with 400 meters and pulled ahead of the field winning with a time of 9:39.39. Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) finished sixth in the race while All-American Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) placed eighth with times of 9:45.95 and 9:49.32, respectively. The trio ran as a pack, ensuring that all would score points in what ended up being an incredibly smart and tactical team race.
In the women's mile, Infeld was left to lead after the pack came together following the stagger - she would lead for the first half of the race. On the back straightaway of lap five, she was challenged and tucked right behind the leader but regained the lead with three laps to go making a move on the outside. Over the last 400 meters, she extended her lead on the field, winning by nearly four seconds as she timed in at 4:43.57, besting the second-place competitor with a time of 4:47.50. All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) finished seventh (4:52.20) while Kelsey Smith (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) placed 10th (4:55.52).
The women's title was a close battle throughout the race and with the Cincinnati team putting forth a strong 4x400-meter relay team, it was important that the Hoyas defend the title from the indoor championships one year ago. London Finley (Los Angeles, Calif./St. Mary's Academy) led off for the Hoyas and pulled into first after the stagger. The Hoyas would not give up that lead throughout the remainder of the heat. Amanda Kimbers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) took over the second stanza handing off to Deseree King (Oxon Hill, Md./Oxon Hill) with Tenille Stoudenmire (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo) anchoring. The bigger challenge for the Hoyas was to beat the clock with the eventual second- and third-place times coming from previous heats.
Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) was a runner-up today as he ran a 7:59.55, picking up eight points for the men with his second-place performance in the men's 3,000-meter run. Max Darrah (South Yarmouth, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth) finished ninth with a time of 8:14.05. Alex Lundy (Littleton, Colo./Heritage/Maryland) and Ben Furcht (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) finished 10th (8:14.47) and 13th (8:16.52), respectively. It was Furcht's second race of the day.
All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) reached the awards podium today as she took third place in the women's 800-meter run. Cox stayed in the top three for the entirety of the race, attempting to make a move on the final lap coming off the curve and into the back straightaway. The top two held off Cox's attempt and hit their stride on the final curve with Cox clocking in at 2:08.00 with Shanique Dasilva (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford) finishing sixth (2:13.72) and Kristen Walsh (Stony Point, N.Y./North Rockland) placing eighth (2:16.83), both earning points for the Hoyas.
All-American Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) finished third in the women's 1,000-meter run with a good race where she may have made her move too soon. At bell lap, Schneider pulled herself into first but the kick from Villanova's Emily Lipari on the back straightaway proved too much as Schneider timed in at 2:48.63 for third while Hannah Neczypor (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) finished seventh (2:50.45) and Lauren Borduin (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) finished seventh (2:50.49).
In the women's 4x800-meter relay, Borduin led off staying in the top three for her entire stanza before handing off to Neczypor. Neczypor ran a tough first 400 as the top three separated themselves from the rest of the field. Cox took over after the second exchange and made up a lot of the gap over her leg with Schneider taking over the anchor. The Hoyas stayed with that top three the entire race and finished third with a time of 8:42.95.
In the women's 60-meter dash, Kimbers went out and ran a 7.53 to take third place and reach the awards podium. The field seemed to have a slower off the line after the first start was called back. Kimbers went on to be the runner-up in the women's 200-meter dash with a time of 24.04 while Stoudenmire finished sixth, timing in at 24.41.
Finley won her heat in the women's 500-meter dash with a time of 1:12.58, with King right behind her in second place timing in at 1:13.00. However, a fast second heat would push their overall placements to fourth and sixth, respectively.
Furcht, who later competed in the men' 3,000-meter run, and Dylan Sorensen (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) took sixth (4:11.35) and eighth place (4:12.04), respectively, in the men's mile, both earning points for the men's team.
The men's 4x800-meter relay saw a strong finish by anchor Omar Kaddurah (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) who pushed the Hoyas through the finish, timing in at 7:32.57. Bobby Peavey (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam), Toby Ulm (Marlborough, United Kingdom/St. John's School & Community College) and Michael Reher (San Francisco, Calif./St. Ignatius College Prep) ran the first three legs.
In the men's 1,000-meter run, Bobby Peavey and Michael Reher ran strong races and kept in the middle of the pack through the first 800 meters. On bell lap, Peavey made a strong move on the back straightaway as the pack thinned out and began to make up the gap. Reher followed right behind. Peavey would finish sixth (2:31.43) while Reher clocked in at 2:32.51) for seventh.
The men's 500-meter dash saw Hansel Akers (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) take third place in his heat with a time of 1:03.81, but the second heat saw a new collegiate record in the men's 500-meter dash and Akers' time slipped to seventh place.
Austin Perron (Philadelphia, Pa./High School of Engineering & Science) finished ninth in the men's 400-meter dash, timing in at 49.03.
Perron, Akers, Justin Crawford (Gastonia, N.C./Ashbrook) and Sorensen combined for a time of 3:19.92 in the men's 4x400-meter relay, winning their heat and placing fifth overall in the race.
The Hoyas will return to action on March 2-3 for the Columbia Last Chance Meet back in New York and then on March 9-10 , the Hoyas will be at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho.