TRACK & FIELD | Men and Women Finish 2nd at Big East Championships
Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:02
The Georgetown men’s and women’s track and field teams finished second at the Big East Championships this weekend. The Hoyas captured five individual titles and two relay titles at the meet.
The women’s team finished second to Villanova by 2.5 points while the men’s team finished second to Villanova by 32.5 points.
“I thought both teams performed very well pretty much across the board,” Director of track and field and cross country Patrick Henner said. “Our jumpers, sprinters, middle distance and distance, I think everybody did a very good job. Both teams actually scored more points than we predicted so that’s always a good thing.”
Although the women finished a mere 2.5 points behind the Wildcats, the team exceeded expectations and earned more points than predicted, according to Henner.
“Obviously, it’s a little disappointing to come up a couple points short on the women’s side,” Henner said. “There’s always a little bit of this and a little bit of that but I can’t really point to one specific thing.”
The Hoyas strongest event was perhaps the women’s distance relay that finished with a time of 10:55.63. Juniors Hannah Neczypor, Andrea Keklak and Katrina Coogan and freshman Emma Keenan broke the school record, meet record, Armory record and recorded the second fastest time in the NCAA.
The women’s team also turned in strong performances in the 800 meter, 400m and 200m individual events. Freshman Sabrina Southerland won the 800m with a time of 2:04.85. Senior Deseree King won the 400m dash, timing in at 54.82. Graduate Student Amanda Kimbers won the 200m dash by a narrow margin, timing in at 23.78 against a second-place finish of 23.92.
Meanwhile, the men won two track events. Sophomore Ahmed Bile won the 800m with a time of 1:50.85 and, freshmen Ryan Manahan and Amos Bartelsmeyer, junior Cole Williams and Bile won the 4x800m relay, edging out Villanova.
Junior Collin Leibold also had a breakout meet for the Hoyas, according to Henner. He placed second in the 5 kilometer and fourth in the 3k.
Senior Eghosa Aghayere collected the final win for the Hoyas, placing first in the triple jump. He jumped 15.09m while the second place finisher Brett Tobin from Marquette recorded 13.50m. In the long jump, Aghayere finished second, 0.43m behind Villanova’s Elbert Maxwell.
In the 1000m, Amos Bartelsmeyer finished second, while senior Billy Ledder was down in fourth.
“I thought Amos Bartelsmeyer did a great job,” Henner said. “Billy Ledder did not have a great run in the thousand. We left some points on the board in the men’s side.”
The Blue and Gray did not score points in the pole vault, shot put, heptathlon or pentathlon events.
The teams will still compete at the Boston University Last Chance Meet next Sunday.
“We are going to take some people to Boston this Sunday to run in the last chance meet,” Henner said. “I think our men’s distance medley relay should have a great chance of qualifying for the NCAA.”
The following weekend, March 8 to 9, the teams will participate in two more competitions before the NCAA championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 14 and 15.
“Those that are not going to the NCAA meet will compete, and I think this year is going to be a very exciting and competitive meet, so we are excited for the trip to Boston this weekend and then also two weeks from now,” Henner said.
The teams enter this championship stretch with confidence after very strong finishes on both sides at the Big East championships. They hope to continue to improve and finish the season on a strong note.