April 28, 2018
PHILADELPHIA - The Georgetown University track & field team closed the 2018 Penn Relays with a new school record and a win in the 4x400-meter relay Eastern final. In front of a crowd of 47,756 fans, the Hoyas closed the three-day meet on a high note, including a strong start to the day with a Championship of America runner-up performance.
"It was a great close to the meet for the Hoyas," Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Julie Culley said. "Everyone raced well today and even when we came up just a little bit short, the effort was there and we left it all out on the track. To have a new school record in the 4x200m and to win the Eastern final of the men's 4x400m â€" we couldn't have asked for a better ending to a great meet. Top to bottom, on the track and in the field events â€" it was a solid Hoya performance all around."
With the college men's 4x400-meter relay serving as the final event on the track â€" the Hoyas competed to the very end, as they qualified for the Eastern finals. For the finals, Lawrence Leake (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) led off before handing off to Kino Cheltenham (Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Tech). All-American Rey Rivera (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) was in charge of the third stanza, handing off to Nate Alleyne (Downingtown, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) on the anchor. Alleyne split 46.77 over the final lap, passing Villanova's anchor, to take the win for the Hoyas. It is the third Eastern 4x400-meter relay title for the Hoyas in program history with GU previously winning in 1986 and 1987 when it was known as the IC4A title.
In the Eastern section of the women's 4x200-meter relay final, Georgetown went with the same foursome from the heats, running Shannon Meisberger (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial), Taylor Williams (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham/Clemson), Cassidy Palmer (Bloomfield, Conn./Bloomfield) and Jody-Ann Knight (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville). Another race that came down to the wire, GU was edged narrowly by Boston University as the Hoyas clocked 1:35.80. The time is a new school record in the event, eclipsing the previous record (1:37.07) set in 2009 at the Penn Relays.
The first event on the track for the Hoyas was the men's 4xmile Championship of America and the Blue & Gray put out the foursome of Jack Salisbury (Rumford, R.I./La Salle Academy), Nick Wareham (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury), All-American Spencer Brown (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) and All-American Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis Country Day). As with many of the distance relays in Penn Relays history, it came down to Georgetown and Villanova on the home stretch. Bartelsmeyer made a valiant effort on the anchor leg and fell just short in is attempt to catch the 'Cats' anchor. Georgetown was clipped by less than half a second at the finish line as they foursome clocked 16:24.22 to VU's winning time of 16:23.75.
The men's 4x800-meter foursome of Joshua Bell (Nashville, Tenn./Brentwood Academy), Ruach Padhal (London, Ont./John Paul II Catholic), Charles Cooper (Montreal, Quebec/Lower Canada College) and Rivera clocked 7:21.97 to finish fifth.
Additionally, Bryan Bjerk (Grand Forks, N.D./Red River/Minnesota) finished eighth in the men's discus throw with a mark of 52.39m.
The Hoyas will return to action on Friday, May 4 at the Kehoe Twilight Meet, hosted by the University of Maryland at its Kehoe Track & Field Complex in College Park, Maryland.
Georgetown Results at Penn Relays
Men's 4x800-Meter Relay (Championship of America)
5. Joshua Bell (1:52.65) / Ruach Padhal (1:47.35) / Charles Cooper (1:52.88) / Rey Rivera (1:49.09), 7:21.97
Men's 4xMile Relay (Championship of America)
2. Jack Salisbury (4:10.4) / Nick Wareham (4:03.6) / Spencer Brown (4:03.8) / Amos Bartelsmeyer (4:06.4), 16:24.22
Women's 4x200-Meter Relay â€" Eastern Final
2. Shannon Meisberger / Taylor Williams / Cassidy Palmer / Jody-Ann Knight, 1:35.80 [school record]
Men's 4x400-Meter Relay â€" Eastern Final
1. Lawrence Leake / Kino Cheltenham / Rey Rivera (47.51) / Nate Alleyne (46.77), 3:11.63
Men's Discus Throw
8. Bryan Bjerk, 52.39m (171' 10")