WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University track & field program put forth an excellent performance at the 2018 Mason Spring Invitational, hosted by George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The Hoyas were dominant from the short sprints through the mid distance and produced eight podium performances, including a quintet of wins.
"The weather made for a perfect day for fast times for the Hoyas" Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Julie Culley said. "We are so pleased with event winners Houston, Knight, Meisberger, Bjerk and Bartelsmeyer. They took advantage of great conditions and had huge performances. Among many personal bests for the day, six men ran standards that should guarantee them in the NCAA Regional meet with Bartelsmeyer and Rivera in the 800 and Brown, Wareham, Salisbury, and Bell in he men's 1500. It was a great day for our entire squad."
Jody-Ann Knight (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville) was unstoppable as she ran a new personal best (PB) in the women's 100-meter dash, eclipsing the 12-second mark with a time of 11.86 to finish third. Additionally, Knight won the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.70, one of three athletes to break 24 seconds.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Malika Houston (Charleston, W.Va./George Washington HS) ran a new PB to clinch the win, clocking 14.10, moving up to fifth all-time in program history. Also having success in the hurdles, Shannon Meisberger (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) ran a PB 1:00.27 to win the 400-meter hurdles.
In the men's 800-meter run, All-American Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis Country Day) led a quartet of Hoyas among the top 10. Bartelsmeyer and Rey Rivera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) managed respective times of 1:49.18 and 1:49.28 to rank 24th and 29th nationally as well as second and third in the BIG EAST Conference.
Winning the men's discus, Bryan Bjerk (Grand Forks, N.D./Red River/Minnesota) threw 169' 9" or 51.75m to clinch the win and move up to third all-time in Georgetown history, only behind record holder Sean Flynn and the legendary Al Blozis.
The men's 1,500-meter run saw a GU foursome among the top 10 led by All-American Spencer Brown (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) as the runner-up (3:44.51) in the event. Nick Wareham (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) and Jack Salisbury (Rumford, R.I./La Salle Academy) were the other two Hoyas to break 3:45 as they clocked 3:44.68 (4th) and 3:44.97 (5th), respectively.
In the women's 800-meter run, a pair of Hoyas finished among the top 10 in Oliva Arizin (Media, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) in sixth (2:11.70) and Aleta Looker (Ellsworth, Maine/Ellsworth) in seventh (2:12.36).
Also recording a pair of PBs was Kino Cheltenham (Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Tech) in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash, finishing 11th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.92.
The Hoyas return to action on April 20-21 for the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Women's 100-Meter Hurdles
1. Malika Houston, 14.10
Men's Discus Throw
1. Bryan Bjerk, 51.75m [169' 9"]
Men's Shot Put
13. Bryan Bjerk, 13.94m [45' 9"]