WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University track & field team split sites on Friday as a final tune-up before the postseason portion of the season as a pair of Hoyas traveled to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Payton Jordan Invitational, hosted by Stanford University and a contingent of athletes stayed local in College Park, Md., for the Kehoe Twilight Meet, hosted by the University of Maryland.
The Hoyas will open the postseason on Friday and Saturday at the BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at the Jumbo Elliott Track on the campus of Villanova University.
Payton Jordan Recap (Individual Results; Palo Alto, Calif.)
All-Americans Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) and Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) both ran their first steeplechases of the season at the Payton Jordan meet, each setting a strong start to the season. Carpenter, who finished the 2016 outdoor season as an NCAA semifinalist in the event, opened 2017 with more than a six-second improvement from his 2016 opener. Fahy’s 2017 opener nearly matches his 2016 starter, a season that saw him finish fifth at the NCAA Championships.
The duo are the only ones in the BIG EAST Conference to have broken nine minutes and both times are currently among the top 15 in the NCAA this season.
Georgetown at Stanford
Men’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase Section 1
7. Darren Fahy, 8:46.42
Men’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase Section 2
7. Scott Carpenter, 8:48.30
Kehoe Twilight Meet (Individual Results; College Park, Md.)
The Hoyas put up a slew of strong performances in their last weekend before the BIG EAST Championships, including a quartet of personal records (PRs). Jody-Ann Knight (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville) pulled double duty in her tune-up meet as she won the 100-meter dash and finished second in the 200-meter dash. Also winning her event was All-American Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant), who claimed the top spot in the women’s 1,500-meter run.
Georgetown Among the Top 5 at Maryland
Women’s 100-Meter Dash
1. Jody-Ann Knight, 12.38
Men’s 200-Meter Dash
5. Nick Sullivan, 22.38 (PR)
Women’s 200-Meter Dash
2. Jody-Ann Knight, 24.62
Men’s 800-Meter Run
4. Nathaniel Gordon, 1:52.41
Women’s 800-Meter Run
4. Jocelyn Hubbard, 2:09.52
Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles
5. Shannon Duffy, 15.81
Men’s Long Jump
2. Kenneth Armstrong, 6.82m
Other Notable Performances
Henry Smithers, men’s 1,500-meter run, 3:58.69 (PR)