New York, NY
Friday, January 18, 2008
Geryah White placed second in the shot-put with an ECAC qualifying throw while Ebony Thomas clocked the seventh fastest 60-meter dash in Army history to lead the Army women’s track and field team at the Gotham Cup Invite on Friday evening at the Armory in New York City. Thomas later teamed with Katelin Grant, Heather Owney and Lesa Boyd in the 4x400-meter relay to set an ECAC qualifying mark and finish second in the event.
White, now a junior, became the first member of the women’s team to reach an ECAC qualifying mark when she landed a throw of 44 feet, 7.5 inches to finish second-place in the shot put.
Thomas placed fifth in the finals of the 60m dash with a time of 7.75 seconds, moving her into the all-time top-ten list at the Academy. The sophomore standout now ranks in the top-ten in the 60-meter (seventh), 200-meter (first) and 400-meter (third) events at the Academy while holding the indoor and outdoor 200-meter records, as well as the indoor 400-meter record.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Thomas, senior captain Katelin Grant, senior Heather Owney and sophomore Lesa Boyd also set a qualifying mark for the ECAC Championships. Their time of 3:54.26 placed them second to the winning team from Temple (3:52.10).
The Black Knights picked up two third-place finishes on the evening in senior Nicole Brechue (shot put, 44-05.5) and junior Meghan Curran (5,000m, 17:41.10).
Fourth-place showings came by sophomore Ashley Morgan in the 5,000-meter run (18:13.34), freshman Jenny Dunten in the 800-meter run (2:23.59) and junior Cynthea Tossie in the 20-pound weight throw (47-00.25).
Grant narrowly missed an ECAC qualifying mark in the 500-meter run, finishing in fifth-place with a time of 1:16.69, less than a second off the qualifying standard of 1:16.00.
Freshman Anne Danczyk was impressive in her first collegiate 3,000-meter race, placing sixth with a time of 11:12.57.
Army placed two women in the top-eight of mile run with sophomore Toni Oestmann leading the way. Oestmann, who is best suited at 800-meters, finished seventh in a personal best time of 5:16.09. She was followed in eighth-place by junior Kristina Heinecke in 5:17.09.
The Black Knights also got an eighth-place showing in the 3,000-meter run as sophomore Andrea Filozof clocked a time of 11:15.02 in the event.
Rounding out the top-ten Army finishes on the evening were Boyd in the 400-meter dash (ninth, 59.08), senior captain Kim Maxwell in the high jump (10th, 5-03) and freshman Courtney Clement in the 3,000-meter run (10th, 11:18.79).
Army will split its roster next weekend, sending 40 men and 40 women to the Penn State National Invite in State College, Pa., while the rest of the Black Knights’ squad will stay at West Point and play host to the Army Open on Friday and Saturday.
Notes: This was the first time Army has attended the Gotham Cup Invitational ... the Black Knights will return to the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory on February 29, for the NYU Fast Track Invitational ... over 1,600 athletes competed in the Gotham Cup this year ... over 30 colleges were represented, as well as local club teams and unattached athletes.