The Georgetown men’s and women’s track teams competed across the country last weekend, displaying strong individual and relay performances at the Raleigh Relays, the Pepsi Florida Relays and the Stanford Invitational.
Director of Track and Field Julie Culley said the team tries to place runners in events in which they can be successful.
“We try to evaluate which competition the individual can be most successful in,” Culley wrote in an email to The Hoya.
Freshman sprinters Shannon Meisberger and Lawrence Leake gave strong performances over the weekend at the Raleigh Relays. Meisberger finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.75 and Leake ran a personal best in the same event.
“Both Shannon and Lawrence had strong openers in the hurdles to start their freshman outdoor campaigns. If Shannon can dip under 60 seconds, she will have a great shot at making the NCAA East Regional Championships,” Culley wrote. “Both should be at the top of the Big East when we head to the championships in May.”
Culley singled out four other runners whom she expects to compete at the postseason meets in May.
“We had three women and one guy run times that should get them into the NCAA Regional Championships in May,” Culley wrote. “[Senior distance runner] Piper Donaghu in the 1500m, [graduate student distance runner] Meredith Rizzo and [sophomore distance runner] Margie Cullen in the 3000m steeplechase and [graduate student distance runner] Mike Crozier in the 10000m.”
Donaghu finished seventh in the 1500m in Florida with a time of 4:20.44. Rizzo earned seventh place in the 3000m steeplechase at Stanford, finishing just over a second behind Cullen, who completed the race in 10:32.10.
At the Stanford Invitational, the Hoyas’ success in the steeplechase over the weekend earned three top 10 finishes. Junior distance runner Nick Wareham finished tenth in the event with a time of 9:09.07. Additionally, graduate student distance runner Michael Crozier earned ninth place with a time of 29:14.68 in the 10000m.
The Hoyas also sent multiple relay teams to compete at the three meets, with two relays earning top 15 finishes. The men’s 4x400m relay in Raleigh, composed of Leake, sophomore sprinter Quincey Wilson, freshman sprinter Josiah Laney and freshman sprinter Kino Cheltenham, earned eighth place with a time of 3:17.68. The women’s 4x400m relay in Raleigh, led by Meisberger, senior sprinter Jody-Ann Knight, graduate student sprinter Taylor Williams and freshman sprinter Bryann Sandy, finished 12th with a time of 3:52.45.
This weekend, the Hoyas will compete at the Virginia Quad Meet in Charlottesville, Va. Culley is hopeful both teams will continue to improve throughout the season.
“We have two low-key meets coming up the next two weekends and then we have a big opportunity to hit some good marks at the Virginia Challenge, a large invitational at the University of Virginia. Then we head to Penn Relays prior to Big East,” Culley wrote. “We have some work to do ahead of us, but we have some great opportunities ahead.”