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The Hoya

Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

The Hoya

GU Speeds Up at Yale Invitational

The Georgetown track and field team competed at Yale’s Giegengack Invitational over the weekend, and it returned to the Hilltop with six NCAA provisional-qualifying marks and a handful of other impressive performances to show for it.

The first night saw the Hoyas win both the men’s and women’s distance medley relay. The men’s team, comprised of seniors Tommy Manning, Chris Bonner, Stanley Lagrenade and junior Matt Debole ran a quick 9:43.56 for first place, while the women’s relay included juniors Elizabeth Maloy, Kandace Ferguson, Nana Hanson-Hall and sophomore Maggie Infeld. They sped to a time of 11:16.34.

Both relays made the NCAA provisional-qualifying time.

Manning returned later to win the 800-meter run in one of the nation’s fastest times. He crossed the line in 1:48.48, good for NCAA provisionals. His time is currently the fastest in the Big East and also ranks as the fifth-best indoors in the Georgetown record books.

“Tommy ran a great race and it was a PR [personal record] for him,” said Ron Helmer, director of track and field and cross country. “When people run fast, expectations start to rise and we get ready for people to run great during championship season.”

Other Hoyas had similar success, but fell just short of winning their events.

In the men’s mile, juniors Brian Dalpiaz and Rasheed Thompson finished second and third with personal-best times of 4:07.66 and 4:08.32, respectively. Both runners earned Big East and IC4A championship qualifying marks with this performance.

“They really did a nice job, and committed to a fast pace early on. I think that their next race can be even faster,” Assistant Coach Pat Henner said.

Sophomore Brandon Bonsey was another Hoya to qualify for the IC4A championships with his performance in the 3000m run. He ran a personal best time of 8:22.24 to finish third in the race.

“Bonsey is getting better and better. 8:22 is a great time for him,” Henner said. The time surpassed his former personal record by 12 seconds.

Freshman Kenny Mitchell ran the 200m in 22.06 seconds to qualify for the IC4A championships.

On the women’s side, performances were equally as impressive. Junior Nana Hanson-Hall continued to improve as she won the 800m run in a personal best time and NCAA-qualifying mark of 2:07.76, the fastest in the Big East.

Freshman Christine Whalen and senior Meghan O’Neill finished third and fourth with times of 2:10.97 and 2:11.27. Both girls recorded season-best times.

Sophomore Maggie Infeld and junior Elizabeth Maloy also earned another pair of NCAA qualifying marks as they finished first and third in the mile run. Infeld raced to a 4:43.14 performance while aloy finished in 4:45.98. Senior Erin Henry scored a personal best as she finished fourth in 4:54.27.

Junior Jayne Penn led a slew of Hoyas across the line in the 500m run as they captured second, third and fourth places in the race. Penn raced to a personal best time of 1:14.38 while freshman Buky Bambigoye and sophomore Alex Baptiste finished with times of 1:14.55 and 1:15.17, respectively.

Freshman Avril Ogrodnick finished second in the 3000m run with a time of 9:48.18 to qualify for the Big East and ECAC championships.

To finish off the meet for the Hoyas, both the men and women competed in the 4x400m relay. The women’s relay won the race in a time of 3:46.54, while its “B” team finished third in 3:51.93.

The men’s relay recorded a season-best time of 3:14.55. The relay was comprised of senior Jared Jenkins, Lagrenade, Bonner and Mitchell.

The team is set to compete at the Collegiate Challenge Cup in State College, Pa., next weekend.

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