STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Following the first day of the BIG EAST Indoor Championships and a limited number of final events, the Georgetown University track & field team sits in a tie for sixth place (12 points) on the men's side and the women are in seventh place (11 points). The first day of competition at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex saw the Hoyas tally 18 student-athletes who advanced to Saturday's finals from Friday's preliminary rounds as well as a quintet of personal records (PRs). The men put up an impressive four each in the 800-meter run and the mile as well as a trio in the 400-meter final.
"I think we've got some great races lining up and I feel really excited about both the men's and women's teams," Interim Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Julie Culley said after the first day of competition. "Overall we did a really nice job -- we had very few people not make the finals. After day one, that's really what you want to see from your team."
The Hoyas continue competition on Staten Island tomorrow with the final day of the 2017 BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships. A live webcast will be available on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
Saturday, February 25: BIG EAST Digital Network | Play-by-Play: Pat O'Keefe; Sideline: Megan O'Brien
Men's Recap (T6th of 7; 12 points)
Marquette (50), Villanova (42), Butler (39), DePaul (25), Providence (14), Georgetown (12), Xavier (12)
The Georgetown University men's track & field team used a balanced performance to sit in sixth place following five scored events on Friday. A pair of PRs from the duo of Reilly Bloomer (Eugene, Ore./South Eugene) and Nick Golebiowski (St. Cloud, Minn./St. Cloud Cathedral) in the 5,000-meter run picked up points for the Blue & Gray as they took seventh and eighth, respectively.
The GU foursome of Jack Van Scoter (Pasadena, Calif./Flintridge Prep), Nathaniel Gordon (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg), Spencer Brown (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) and Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John's School) finished second in the men's distance medley relay (DMR), tallying eight points.
Contributing to the point total, Kenneth Armstrong (San Dimas, Calif./Damien) advanced to the long jump finals and recorded a season-best 6.64 meters to finish eighth.
The Hoyas will be a consistent presence on the track tomorrow as a quartet of Hoyas will compete in the finals of both the 800-meter run and the mile. All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic), competing in his first collegiate mile, clocked the fastest prelim time from a GU runner (4:17.44).
Quincey Wilson (Lithonia, Ga./Lithonia) has placed himself in two finals tomorrow as he will compete in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. He PR'd in the 200-meter prelims, breaking 22 seconds for the first time in his career. He will also be one in a trio of Hoyas to compete in Saturday's 400-meter finals.
Men's Long Jump
8. Kenneth Armstrong, 6.64m (1)
Georgetown Men's Prelim Results -- Advanced to Finals
Men's 200-Meter Dash
Quincey Wilson, 21.99 (1st in H3) [PR]
Women's Recap (7th of 8 teams, 11 points)
Marquette (81.5), Villanova (50.5), St. John's (33), DePaul (21), Butler (17), Providence (12), Georgetown (11), Xavier (8)
From just two final events on the track, the Hoya women tallied 11 points for seventh place following the first day of competition. The foursome of Aleta Looker (Ellsworth, Maine/Ellsworth), Carey Celata (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Friends/Penn), Jocelyn Hubbard (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield/Northeastern) and Margie Cullen (Needham, Mass./Needham) finished third in the DMR, while Audrey Belf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Earnest W. Seaholm) placed fourth in the 5,000-meter run to tally six and five points, respectively.
Georgetown advanced six women from Friday's prelims to Saturday's finals in addition to those who will compete in the 3,000-meter, 4x800-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay finals. Highlighting the day was Jody-Ann Knight (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville) who continued to be a threat on the track at Ocean Breeze, running a pair of PRs, clocking 7.71 in the 60-meter dash and winning her heat in the 200-meter dash, timing in at 24.66, nearly two-tenths of a second faster than her previous best.
Kennedy Weisner (St. Marys, Pa./Elk County Catholic) returns tomorrow to defend her mile title from 2016. She comfortably won her heat in the prelims and will be joined by Cullen in Saturday's final.
Georgetown Women's Final Results (Points Scored)
Women's 5,000-Meter Run
4. Audrey Belf, 16:42.36 (5)
Georgetown Women's Prelim Results -- Advanced to Finals
Women's 60-Meter Dash
Jody-Ann Knight, 7.71 (3rd in H1) [PR]
Women's 200-Meter Dash
Jody-Ann Knight, 24.66 (1st in H4) [PR]