Emily Infeld brings it home for the Hoyas (Photo Kim Spir)
As is custom for our schedule, the first championship of the meet is the College Women’s DMR. The race started approximately 100 minutes late due to the thunderstorm delay, but by race time winds were calm and temps were ideal with perhaps a slightly high humidity. A mild drizzle would fall during the second half of this race. This race featured the #1 (Villanova) and #3 (Virginia) teams at NCAA’s this year indoors.
LSU went out hard in 65 to create an honest pace, but was swallowed by pack at the 800 mark. Kate Grace, the All-American distance runner from Yale, led the pack through the 1200 mark and the first pass. Georgetown took the lead on the sprint leg, with Tennessee’s leg running 51 to vault up to second. The 2 800 runners maintained their pace with Georgetown and Tennessee leading at the last exchange. Virginia and BYU were stalking the pace at this point.
Stephanie Garcia of Virginia made a serious push to catch the leaders after one lap of the final 1600 meter leg, and she forged ahead with Emily Infeld of Georgetown with 2 to go. At the bell, Infeld and Garcia were side by side, but the Infeld slowly made Garcia pay for her initial hot pace. Georgetown wins the DMR in 10:51.49, the first time since 1996, and furthermore #5 at Penn. Tennessee would catch Virginia for 2nd. Defending NCAA champion Villanova was well off pace throughout the race.
Emily Infeld ran the fastest 1600 leg of the entire competition in 4:31.56. Kate Grace (3:19.53) and Renee Tomlin (3:19.81) ran the #3 and #4 1200 legs at the relays.