Villanova made a late surge past Penn State and Boston University to win the 64th IC4A indoor track and field championships today. Georgetown sophomore Raymond Humphrey captured his second event and the meet's most outstanding performer award.
Humphrey, who won the long jump Saturday, took the triple jump with another personal best of 52 feet 7. His two victories accounted for nearly half of Georgetown's team points as the Hoyas finished fourth with 43 points.
"I thought Raymond was outstanding," Georgetown Coach Frank Gagliano said. "His two jumping victories will give him much confidence going into next week's NCAAs at Syracuse."
Gagliano was less enthusiastic about his team's overall performance as after Saturday's qualifying heats, Georgetown stood in good position to win its first IC4A crown in 60 years. "It's great to be up among the winners, but to win a meet like this you can't have any breakdowns," he said.
Villanova, this year's Big East champ, won its 16th IC4A title since 1963 on the strength of its middle distance squad. Olympian John Marshall, a senior, breezed to a first place in the 800 meters and then came back to anchor Villanova's victorious two-mile relay team.
The competition was not decided until the final event when Villanova captured the one-mile relay event behind a strong anchor leg by Edwin Modibedi, who brought the team home in 3:14.92.
Defending IC4A champion Penn State, which ran in a different final heat, led Villanova, 53-49, entering the mile relay, but finished fourth and ended up with 57 points, two behind Villanova. Boston University finished third with 53 points
Despite impressive title defenses by Kevin King in the 3,000 meters and Miles Irish in the 1,000 meters, Georgetown's hopes for the team title were dashed by poor relay performances. On the first turn of his half-mile leg in the distance medley relay, freshman Jim Grelle fell, and the Hoyas garnered only a sixth-place finish in that event.
In last year's championships, Georgetown placed third. George Mason, last year's runner-up, today could total no more than 10 points and a tie for 18th place. Maryland scored 14 points to finish in 12th place.
Two meet records were set.
Richard Flynn of Providence captured the 5,000-meter run in 14:02.52, breaking the old mark of 14:02.73 set by Ray Treacy of Providence in 1981.
Willie McLaughlin of Manhattan set a meet record in the 400 meters, winning in 47.06 and breaking the old mark of 47.24, set by Ed Yearwood of Morgan State in 1982.