March 29, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University track & field team opened the 2014 outdoor season not far from campus as they traveled to Richmond, Va., for the Fred Hardy Invitational, hosted by the University of Richmond. The two-day event, held at Robins Stadium on Richmond's campus, plays host to a slew of schools from the east coast as well as a handful outside the region.
With many running out of their event of expertise, the Hoyas used the first day of the meet as a way to get the rust off or to run their event for the first time since last outdoor season.
As to be expected from this program, there was a sense of dominance in the women's 1,500-meter run as the top five runners were representing Georgetown with All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) leading the way in first place (4:30.05), followed by Becca DeLoache (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) in second (4:30.32), Shanique Dasilva (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Ford) in third (4:30.39), Kelsey Smith (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) in fourth (4:30.42) and Haley Pierce (Wilmington, Del./Tatnall School) in fifth (4:30.98).
Competing in her event of choice for the first time since last year's outdoor season, All-American Deseree King (Oxon Hill, Md./Oxon Hill) finished second in the women's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.15.
The men's 3,000-meter steeplechase saw a trio of Hoyas take the top spots with All-American Dylan Sorensen (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) earning the top spot with a time of 8:56.51, a meet record. Taking second place was Matt Howard (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) with a time of 8:57.30 followed by All-American Max Darrah (South Yarmouth, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) in third (9:06.14).
Eghosa Aghayere (Henrietta, N.Y./Rush Henrietta Sperry) was another member of the Blue & Gray to walk away with a meet record as he won the men's triple jump with a mark of 15.39m. Aghayere also gets to walk away with the rare feat of opening a new season with a personal best. The senior was able to best his previous PR, a mark of 15.21m that he jumped at the 2013 BIG EAST Championships.
Though the men's team put a quartet of runners in the 1,500-meter run, it was Austin Gregor (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks West) who had the best showing to open the outdoor season as he finished fourth with a time of 3:55.04. Sorensen and Howard, having previously competed in the steeplechase, also competed in the 1,500m.
The Hoyas continue the outdoor season on Saturday, March 29 with the final day of the Fred Hardy Invitational in Richmond, Va.