June 29, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - The day boasted fairer weather conditions on the eighth day of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials held at historic Hayward Field. The temperature stayed above 70 degrees and the rain much more resembled what the locals refer to as "liquid sunshine" as opposed to the downpours experienced on previous nights. It was the perfect setting for two former Hoyas to advance to the women's 1,500-meter finals on Sunday and compete for a spot on the 2012 Olympic Team.
Georgetown alums Maggie Infeld and Treniere Moser become the fourth and fifth members of the Georgetown track & field program to earn the chance to compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. The first three occurred on Thursday night with current Hoya and NCAA Champion Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) joining GU alum Elizabeth Maloy (New Balance) in the finals of the women's 5,000m (Infeld - 8th; Maloy - 7th) while Andrew Bumbalough (Nike) finished fourth in the men's 5,000m.
Maggie Infeld and Moser were joined by Georgetown alum Renee Tomlin in the first of two heats in the women's 1,500 semifinals. The race was certainly faster than yesterday's prelim and Infeld did a great job at staying in the top six while staying nicely tucked against the rail. In the two heat semifinals, the top five advanced automatically with the next two fastest times from the round earning a spot in the finals.
Infeld's position ended up being a perfect spot for her to pull ahead and thread a needle to finish third in her heat and subsequently overall with a time of 4:09.38, a new PR for the runner who now competes for New York Athletic Club while still working with current GU coach Chris Miltenberg.
Moser, now running for Nike, chose to make her move on the outside and finished sixth in her heat and eighth overall with a time of 4:10.10 advancing to the finals on time. Tomlin finished ninth in the heat with a time of 4:11.39.
The finals will take place on the final day of the Trials, Sunday, July 1 at 4:23 p.m. PT / 7:23 p.m. ET.
"It feels awesome to be in the finals," Infeld said. "This was definitely one of my goals and it's not easy to make a final in this kind of field - it's stacked, so I'm thrilled to be in it!
"This is a finisher's race so I'm hoping that all my speedwork this season is going to pay off," Infeld continued. "I have an amazing coach and an amazing support system in Georgetown and New York Athletic Club so I feel really fortunate that I'm here and that I'm healthy. I'm having a ton of fun competing."
Liam Boylan-Pett, now running for New Jersey New York Track Club and working with Georgetown Hall of Fame coach Frank Gagliano, spent his final year of collegiate eligibility on the Hilltop after an undergraduate career at Columbia. He ran in the first of two heats of the men's 1,500-meter semifinals today - a heat that proved to be much slower than the second. With such a slow heat, Boylan-Pett spent much the first 1,000 meters toward the front to make sure he was in good position when the field kicked over the final 500. Boylan-Pett had a solid kick but the field had a stronger final 100 meters down the home stretch as Boylan-Pett got edged out with a time of 3:52.18 to finish eighth in the heat.
"It's fun to be here, but you clearly want to make the final," Boylan-Pett said. "It just happened to be a slow race and the last 100m I didn't have it. That's just how it goes. It's disappointing but it's still pretty fun to be here and we'll see what happens next. It's fun to come out here and race and next time hopefully I'll be able to beat those guys.
"I think I had a really good last lap - it just wasn't as good as everyone else's," Boylan-Pett commented. "I was just hoping to really go over the last 100 but it just didn't happen."
Full coverage of current and former Georgetown student-athletes at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials will be available daily on www.GUHoyas.com.
CANADIAN OLYMPIC TRIALS
Rising senior Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) finished 12th today in the 1,500-meter finals of the Canadian Olympic Trials held at the Foothills Athletic Park in Calgary. Kasper ran 4:42.59 in the 12-person final.
DAY 10 / SUNDAY ON THE TRACK
4:23 p.m. PT / 7:23 p.m. ET: Women's 1,500m Finals (Maggie Infeld, Treniere (Clement) Moser)
Saturday, June 30: 9-10 p.m. ET/PT (NBC)
Sunday, July 1: 7-8 p.m. ET/PT (NBC)