The Penn Relays were this past weekend, and I know what everyone is thinking: how could I both participate and report on the event? Well, shockingly, I am not a member of the Georgetown track and field team, despite my incredibly athletic 5’9” 140-pound frame and blazing 10-second 40-yard dash. So, I will settle for the next best thing and give a quick recap.
The Georgetown men and women posted strong results at the Penn Relays, in front of a three-day crowd of 112,416. On Thursday, poor weather threatened to ruin the day, but the skies cleared for the women’s distance medley relay, the women’s 4×400-meter heats, and the women’s 5,000-meter race. The Hoyas won the distance medley last year, but elected to go with a younger squad in order to gain experience. In the event, led by All-Americans Madeline Chambers and Chelsea Cox, Georgetown finished seventh. In the 4×400, the Blue and Gray ended in eighth, which was good enough to qualify them for Saturday’s final.
On Saturday, the Hoyas had five more events ahead of them: the men’s 4×100-meter relay; the women’s 4×1, 500-meter Championship of America; the men’s distance medley relay; the men’s 4×400-meter heats; and the women’s sprint medley relay. In the men’s 4×100 relay, Georgetown finished 3rd for Big East teams and qualified for Saturday’s final, but the big story was the women’s 4×1, 500-meter relay, in which the Blue and Gray finished second overall with a time of 17:40.99. Chambers led off the race, and as All-American Rachel Schneider began the second leg, the Hoyas were in second place. Schneider fell behind Oregon, but kept Georgetown ahead of Villanova to maintain positioning. In the third leg, Oregon pulled away, while G’town and ‘Nova did battle for the runner-up spot. The ending was a familiar scene between All-American Emily Infeld and her Wildcat rival, whom she narrowly edged out in the final 10 meters to give the Blue and Gray second place.
The Georgetown women shined once again on Saturday, finishing third in the 4×800. Hannah Neczypor, Cox, Schneider, and Infeld all posted strong times to finish behind only Oregon and Tennessee. In the men’s 4×100-meter relay, Hansel Akers, Tyler Smith, Kevin Wilson, and Kadeem Hunter combined for an impressive sixth-place finish. The women also ran well enough for sixth in their 4×400, while the men placed sixth once again in the 4xMile. Overall, it was a solid performance by Georgetown and one that builds momentum heading into the Big East Championships next weekend in Tampa, Fla.