March 2, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University indoor track & field program went up to Boston for the Boston University Last Chance Meet this weekend, the last date a NCAA-qualifying performance may be achieved. The Hoyas were able to secure strong performances in the men's distance medley relay (DMR) and women's mile to ensure more spots at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships held in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 14-15.
The men's DMR team set a school record in the 4,000-meter relay race with a second-place time of 9:29.11. The foursome of Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./Saint Louis Country Day), Mike Andre (Ocean, N.J./Ocean Township), Billy Ledder (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga) and Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) bested the previous record by more than two seconds. The previous record of 9:31.19 was set in 2009 by former All-Americans Sandy Roberts, Danny Harris, John Maloy and Andrew Bumbalough.
Bartelsmeyer started the Hoyas off with a school-record setting time in the 1,200 meter frame, splitting 2:53.3. Andre was in charge of the 400-meter leg with a time of 48.6 while Ledder followed up with the 800-meter portion. Ledder's 1:47.5 split is the second-fastest split in Georgetown history. Bile anchor was 3:59.5 is sixth all-time.
All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) blew past the competition in the women's mile with a time of 4:33.44, a new school record for the junior, competing in just her second year of eligibility in indoor track. Her time bests the previous record (4:34.94) set by former Hoya All-American Miesha Marzell at the 1997 NCAA Championships.
The men's 800-meter run saw two Hoyas finish in the top five overall as they took the top two spots in the second of three heats. Ryan Manahan (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) ran a PR of 1:49.03 to lead teammate Cole Williams (San Francisco, Calif./Occidental College) through the finish as Williams timed in at 1:51.21.
In the women's 800-meter run, three Hoyas set personal bests with Emma Keenan (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy) leading the way with a time of 2:06.54 to finish second in her heat and overall followed by Becca DeLoache (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) with a time of 2:07.16 (fourth/fourth) and Shanique Dasilva (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford) timing in at 2:04.34 (fifth/fifth).
Michael Lederhouse (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) led a trio of Hoyas in the mile with members of the Blue & Gray competing in the first two heats. Lederhouse won his heat with a time 4:03.10 to finish sixth overall while Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) finished 10th overall (fifth in his heat) with a personal best of 4:05.38. Running in heat one, Bobby Peavey (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) finished 12th overall with a time of 4:07.28.
Andre competed in the men's 200-meter dash. His time of 22.43 was good enough for seventh place.
Following procedure, declarations for the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships will be made through Tuesday afternoon, March 4. A full list of participants will be available at 10 p.m., ET on NCAA.org.
The Hoyas will look to the ECAC and IC4A Championships next weekend before the NCAA Championships.