Georgetown Snags Eight Event Titles on Final Day of BIG EAST Track & Field Championships

All-American Amanda Kimbers, 2014 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships Women's Most Outstanding Track Performer

May 11, 2014

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VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Georgetown University track & field team had a banner weekend with 11 event titles to its credit, including eight individual and two relay titles. The sunny and comfortable conditions at the Jumbo Elliott Track at Villanova Stadium were a welcome change from yesterday's humid and storm-filled day that forced the meet under the lights. The Hoya women finished second among eight teams with 128 points behind Villanova (218) while the men placed third of seven teams with 157 points behind Villanova (225.5) and DePaul (166).

All-American Amanda Kimbers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) is having quite the farewell season. At the 2014 BIG EAST Indoor Championships, Kimbers won her first individual BIG EAST title and she added to that today with a win in the women's 100- and 200-meter dashes. For her efforts, she was named the 2014 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships Most Outstanding Female Track Performer. This is the first time a Georgetown student-athlete has garnered the honor since it was made a separate award from the Most Outstanding Field Performer in 1993. Prior to that, there was one award - the Most Outstanding Performer - and the last Hoya to win that award was Suzanne Girard in 1984. The last major award winner for the Hoyas was Buky Bamigboye as a co-recipient of the 2006 Women's Field Most Outstanding Performer.

"I don't think I would have wanted to end it any other way," Kimbers said after accepting her award. "It was a lot of hard work coming back but Coach (Greg) Lambert and my teammates really pushed me and helped me out tremendously.

She ran a season-best 11.45 to easily win the 100m. She followed that up one hour later with a win in the 200-meter dash, timing in at 23.81. Following a year of not running due to injury, Kimbers looks true to form and is running as well as she was in 2012 when she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Successfully defending her 400-meter hurdles title, All-American Deseree King (Oxon Hill, Md./Oxon Hill) left no doubt in the minds of the spectators that she is the best hurdler in the league. She quickly established a lead and was a full second ahead of the field en route to her time of 58.79, a season best and the second time the senior has broken the minute barrier this season. This is the first time a Georgetown woman has successfully defended her outdoor conference title since the 2003 and 2004 seasons when Treniere (Clement) Moser, now running for Nike, defended her title in the outdoor 1,500-meter run.

All-American Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) adds to his BIG EAST medals collection, winning the men's 800-meter finals with a time of 1:49.04. Bile also won the indoor 800-meter run and anchored the winning indoor 4x800-meter relay. Bile made a move coming off the back straightaway and in to the final turn to challenge Villanova's Sam Ellison for the lead. Running side-by-side coming off the turn, Bile was able to edge out Ellison for the win as All-American Billy Ledder (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga) followed up in third place (1:51.15). Cole Williams (San Francisco, Calif./Occidental College), Nathaniel Gordon (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg) and Zach Zingsheim (Lansing, Mich./Lansing Catholic) finished sixth (1:51.58), seventh (1:53.08) and eighth (1:54.19), respectively.

In the penultimate men's event, Bile again anchored the winning 4x800-meter relay as Williams led off and Michael Lederhouse (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) took over the second leg. It was All-American Amos Bartelsmeyer's (St. Louis, Mo./Saint Louis Country Day) split of 1:50.636, the fastest of the race, that positioned the Hoyas in a commanding lead with Bile anchoring the foursome. Bile held on for the win with a time of 7:30.75.

As Hansel Akers' (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) Georgetown career winds down, it was only fitting that he win the ever elusive BIG EAST individual title in his last outdoor conference championship. Entering the race with the fastest 400-meter hurdles time in the league, Akers was a favorite in the field. Establishing the significant lead early, not only did Akers win his event, but he ran a career-best 52.92 to earn his spot atop the awards podium.

The women's 4x400-meter relay squad of All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional), King, Mirabel Nkenke (Orange, N.J./Immaculate Conception) and All-American Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) won the BIG EAST title, the last event on the track for the women and the 11th event title for the Hoyas for the meet. Cox gave the Hoyas a lead they would not relinquish through all four legs and by the time Southerland took the baton, the Hoyas were out to a commanding 35-meter lead on the field. The foursome won with a time of 3:39.29.

Eghosa Aghayere (Henrietta, N.Y./Rush Henrietta Sperry) is the undisputed triple jump champion of the 2014 BIG EAST season, having previously won the title during the indoor season and adding the outdoor title with a mark of 13.80m. Tallying points for the Hoyas in the same event was Richard D'Ambrosio (Collegeville, Pa./Malvern Prep) with a fifth-place mark of 13.06m and Kenneth Armstrong (San Dimas, Calif./Damien) with a jump of 12.68m, good enough for eighth place.

Tyler Smith (Jeffersonville, Pa./Norristown), competing close to home, ran a personal record (PR) in the men's 100-meter dash, clocking a 10.71, eight-hundredths of a second faster than his previous record, good enough for second place. Also competing in that race was Mike Andre (Ocean, N.J./Ocean Township) with a seventh-place performance (11.07). Smith returned to the track one hour later with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash, timing in at 21.79, another PR for the junior.

In a stacked women's 800-meter final, four Hoyas scored points for the Blue & Gray. In a field with the 2013 champion All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) and 2014 indoor champion All-American Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo), it was Becca DeLoache (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) who came away with the best GU performance as she placed third with a time of 2:07.11. She was followed by Southerland in fourth (2:07.82), Shanique Dasilva (Bronx, N.Y./Bishop Ford) in fifth (2:08.52) and Cox in eighth place (2:13.54).

The women's 5,000-meter run quickly had a lead pack established with the Hoyas boasting two of the four in Haley Pierce (Wilmington, Del./Tatnall School) and Samantha Nadel (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore). Nadel would eventually drop off leaving Pierce in what seemed like a race for second as Butler's Mara Olson tried to pull away. However, the race for the top three would be back on as Providence's Laura Nagel kicked for the win while Pierce took third overall with a time of 16:31.91. Jenna Davidner (South Easton, Mass./Oliver Aimes) picked up points for GU with a sixth-place showing (17:34.47).

With a scratch limiting the field to eight, there was only a finals heat of the women's 100-meter hurdles with Taylor Doaty (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic) and Diana Sainvil (Harksdale, N.Y./Woodlands) lining up to compete. Doaty put a run on Villanova's Emerald Watson who hit the eighth and ninth hurdles, slowing her down. Doaty fell just shy of catching the `Cat, placing second with a time of 14.36 while Sainvil placed fifth with a time of 15.38. Doaty's time was a season best and is the first time this year she has broken the 15-second barrier.

In the women's 1,500-meter run, the Hoyas had five runners in the 14-athlete field. All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton) used a big kick over the final straightaway to catapult herself from the back of the lead pack to a third-place finish, narrowly missing second place by two-thousandths of a second. Keklak timed in at 4:17.63 (4:17.625) while a trio of Hoyas - All-American Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas), Rachel Paul (Farmingville, N.Y./Sachem East) and Kelsey Smith (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) - finished sixth (4:20.03), seventh (4:21.86) and eighth (4:22.43), respectively.

The men's 1,500-meter run saw a quartet of Hoyas score points for the Blue & Gray. Lederhouse made a strong push through the finish in a race where the pack traded leaders regularly. Lederhouse timed in at 3:49.35 for fourth place followed by Bartelsmeyer in sixth (3:50.18), All-American Ryan Manahan (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) in seventh (3:50.41) and Collin Leibold (Falls Church, Va./Gonzaga) in eighth place (3:51.02).

The women's 4x800-meter relay team of Schneider, Dasilva, DeLoache and Keklak found itself in a race against Villanova, a familiar position for the Hoyas this season. Schneider led off for the Hoyas and put together a strong effort, recovering from her 1,500m performance earlier in the day, to put the Hoyas in the lead through the first exchange. Dasilva held the lead through 500 meters but the back straightaway proved difficult as VU made a move for the lead. DeLoache's carry pulled the Hoyas back neck-and-neck with the `Cats as Keklak took over the anchor leg. However, the familiar tale of Nova's Emily Lipari at the anchor leg played out the way it has all season with the Villanova senior kicking at the end for the win (8:33.36) while the Blue & Gray took second (8:34.02).

The men's 4x400-meter relay squad of Daniel Anderson (Ozark, Mo./Ozark), Akers, Devante Washington (Lafayette, La./Lafayette) and Gordon finished third in the men's 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:15.43.

Faith Woodard (Brandon, Fla./Freedom) finished fourth in the women's high jump in her first BIG EAST Championships with a jump of 1.70m.

In the women's 400-meter dash, Nkenke ran a season-best 56.30, good enough for fifth place. Nkenke stayed strong with the field but with the final kick on the home straightaway, Nkenke slipped back to fifth.

All-American Devante Washington (Lafayette, La./Lafayette) finished eighth in the men's 400-meter dash with a time of 50.06.

The Hoyas will return to action May 29-31 at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships East Preliminary, hosted by the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.

Men's Results: Villanova (225.5), DePaul (166), Georgetown (157), Marquette (150.5), Butler (59), Providence (39), Xavier (29)
Women's Results: Villanova (218), Georgetown (128), Marquette (120), DePaul (115), St. John's (88), Butler (88), Xavier (45), Providence (45)

The Rundown (Graduation Edition)
- All-American Amanda Kimbers will end her career at Georgetown as a six-time BIG EAST champion with three relay and three individual titles ... All three individual titles occurred in her final year of eligibility ... She is the first Georgetown student-athlete to be named the Most Outstanding Track Performer since the award became a separate award from the Most Outstanding Field Performer in 1993
- Deseree King will end her Georgetown career with six BIG EAST titles (four individual and two relay titles) ... She is the first GU woman to defend her outdoor title since Treniere (Clement) Moser won back-to-back titles in the 1,500m in 2003 and 2004
- All-American Chelsea Cox will end her career on the Hilltop as a five-time BIG EAST champion with three relay and two individual event titles
- All-American Andrew Springer will end his GU career as a four-time BIG EAST champion, winning three individual and one relay title including back-to-back outdoor 10,000m crowns, a feat that has not been done since Rod Koborsi did the same thing in 2005 and 2006
- Eghosa Aghayere will end his career with two BIG EAST individual titles (2014 indoor and outdoor triple jump)
- All-American Dylan Sorensen and Hansel Akers earned their first BIG EAST titles with the 2014 outdoor steeplechase and 2014 outdoor 400m hurdles, respectively
- All-American Rachel Schneider will end her career on the Hilltop with one BIG EAST title to her credit



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