The Georgetown men’s and women’s track and field teams took the long drive up to New York City this weekend to compete in the New Balance Invitational, hosted by Armory. The long trip had no negative effects on the team, who ran faster than ever. After this invitational, another group of Georgetown athletes qualified to compete in the Big East Championships held later this month.
On Friday, both senior London Finley and sophomore Deseree King qualified for championships in the 400m dash with times of 55.11 and 56.55 respectively. Sophomore Diana Sainvil also recorded a championship qualifying time on Friday with a 9.01 finish in the 60m hurdles. The men’s team also preformed particularly well in the 60m hurdles, three Hoyas qualifying for the Big East Championship. Seniors Justin Crawford and Biyerem Okengwu qualified with times of 8.15 and 8.24, respectively while junior Kamryn Austin finished with a time of 8.18. Crawford also qualified to run in the 200m dash with a time of 22.69 along with junior Kadeem Hunter who ran a 22.24. Two others also qualified for championships in the 400m dash— sophomore Hansel Akers and senior Austin Perron, who finished in 49.27 and 49.41 respectively.
The Blue and Gray continued their impressive streak on Saturday despite the short line up of races. Junior Tenille Stoudenmire qualified in the 200m dash with a time of 24.36. The relay teams also had a great success in the Saturday competition. The women’s A team competing in the 4×400 relay placed first with an impressive Big East-qualifying time of 3:43.49 while the men’s team finished eighth in the same event.
After a successful weekend, the men’s and women’s track and field teams head into a busy race schedule next weekend. With three competitions, the team heads to Seattle to run in the Washington Husky Classic, Geneva, Ohio for the SPIRE Collegiate Invitational, as well as Boston, Mass to compete in the BU Valentine Invitational. Hopefully Cupid will give the team some extra luck in all their races this coming weekend, although, after the New Balance Invitational, it doesn’t really look like they need any extra help.