Miles Irish of Georgetown overcame Mark Beeman of Brandeis in the final five meters of the 1,500-meter run, and Abdi Abdi of George Mason accelerated past six entrants in a 100-meter span of the 800-meter run to highlight the third annual Hoya Invitational track meet yesterday at Kehoe Field.
In the women's 800, Veronica McIntosh and Joanne Kehs, members of Villanova's championship 4x800 relay team, finished first and third, respectively. McIntosh's 2:08.25 set a meet record. Janice Carter of Penn State finished second at 2:09.25.
Other meet records were set by George Mason freshman Nena Gage (women's triple jump, 39-8 1/4), Tom Pascoe of George Mason (shotput, 52-2), Georgetown's Ray Humphrey (long jump, 25-10 3/4) and Georgetown freshman Patrick Mann (400-meter hurdles, 50.89).
Irish outkicked Beeman and George Mason's Ibramm Okash in the last 300 meters to win in 3:44.8. Irish had closed to within a stride down the stretch, then passed Beeman with his last two strides.
"I let the more experienced runners run the race," said Irish, a sophomore. "I just took it easy."
"I guess I led for 295 of the last 300 yards," said Beeman, who took the lead from Maryland's Per Kristofferson after 1,200 meters. "I knew he was coming. I took a little sideways glance and he was by me."
In the men's 800 meters, Abdi was boxed in for much of the first 550 meters, but on the turn, the field thinned and he began to accelerate. In the next 100 meters he passed all but one of his opponents to win in 1:48.18.
Abdi's time, a meet record by .89, was 1.56 better than second-place finisher Tom Szoka of Army.
"I couldn't get wide to pass people," said Abdi, a native of Somalia. "It's my first race outdoors so I didn't know what pace to run at. I felt good so I kicked."
"One hundred meters, that's really not ideal," said George Mason Coach John Cook. "We like to get into races a little more steadily."