The Georgetown men’s track and field team continued its early season progress, garnering three top-10 ten finishes at the Columbia Challenge last weekend, with freshman Nate Alleyne taking part in all three. Alleyne also finished ninth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.04.
Director of Track and Field Julie Culley was impressed with Alleyne’s performance and maturity this early in the season.
“Nate’s been a bright spot for us. He’s an incredibly hard worker. He wants to be good. He brings the energy every time he’s out there,” Culley said.
Alleyne has also made an impact on the team outside of his individual performances.
“Especially as a freshman, he’s got the guys going. They’re excited to be racing with him; he’s been an incredible asset from day one,” Culley said.
The Hoyas finished third and fourth in the distance medley relay and the 4x400m relay, respectively. The 4x400m relay team, composed of sophomores Quincey Wilson and Kenny Rowe and freshmen Rey Rivera and Alleyne, finished fourth behind Ohio State, Oregon, and Villanova. Georgetown came in just behind Villanova with a time of 3:16.18.
Culley was also pleased with the performance of the distance medley relay team, singling out graduate student Amos Bartelsmeyer’s efforts as particularly important.
“Amos’ split in the distance medley relay [4:02] … was a really nice time for him to run this early in the season. He’s someone who has definitely battled through injuries throughout his career; we’re really excited he’s healthy,” Culley said.
Bartelsmeyer helped Georgetown finish third in the distance relay with a time of 9:38.31. Rowe, Alleyne and junior Spencer Brown also contributed solid times in the relay.
Graduate student Jonathan Green finished 26th in the 3000m with a time of 8:09, but Culley explained that another runner clipped Green during the course of the race.
“In Jon Green’s 3000m, he got clipped from behind a little past a mile in the race and hit the track. He was going after an NCAA qualifying time and he felt fantastic, so it was just really unfortunate he missed that opportunity,” Culley said.
Culley also praised the performance of sophomore Jack Salisbury in the 1000m, where he finished second in his heat with a time of 2:24.
“It’s good to see him getting out there and putting himself in contention to win races,” Culley said.
Next weekend, the Hoyas will compete in Massachusetts at the Boston University’s Scarlet and White Invite in Boston and in New York at the Villanova Invitational in New York. Culley is looking for the team to further improve its performances and begin to reach its peak as the Hoyas approach the more important meets of the season.
“Usually, the month of February is where you see people have their season bests. February is all about running fast and getting those nationally ranked marks,” Culley said.