Cherry Hill East graduate Maya Drayton, a Georgetown freshman, had a huge breakthrough couple days at the Big East Championships.
Competing at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, about six miles south of Lake Erie, Drayton on Monday won the first section of a two-section final in 54.78 and that time stood up for third place overall.
That appears to be the No. 7 time in Georgetown indoor track history and fastest since Abigail Johnson ran 53.64 for second at the 2010 Big East Championships at the 168th Street Armory.
Is it a Georgetown freshman record? There is literally no way to figure that out since the performances ahead of Drayton on the all-time Georgetown list go back as far as 1993. But it has to be close.
Drayton finished behind only juniors Leah Andrson of St. John’s (53.76) and Kiersten Walker of DePaul (54.66), who she didn’t even get a chance to race because they were in the second section of the two-race final.
But it was a tremendous performance for Drayton, who came into the meet with a PR of 56.38 from a meet in January at Penn State, then lowered her PR to 55.34 in the trials.
Drayton’s time makes her the No. 11 freshman in NCAA Division 1. She appears to be the fastest freshman in the Big East in at least 10 years, or as far back as class stats are available on TFRRS.org, the national college performance ranking system.
Georgetown’s track web site has a “media guide” that believe it or not was last updated in 2009. I found the top women’s indoor 400 performances at Georgetown through and tried to update the list with all the sub-55 Georgetown times since 2009 — there haven’t been any, surprisingly – and came up with an all-time Georgetown indoor 400 list:
53.14 … Steffanie Smith, 1993
53.64 … Abigail Johnson, 2010
53.78 … Sasha Spencer, 2001
54.13 … Monica Hargrove, 2004
54.28 … Carron Allen, 2000
54.37 … Nickey Penado, 2001
54.78 … Maya Drayton, 2020
54.79 … Bridget Johnson, 1996
54.91 … Jennifer Bell, 1987
(Note to SIDs: UPDATE ALL-TIME PERFORMANCE LISTS)
At Cherry Hill East, Drayton didn’t run indoors, so this is her first season of indoor track, and the Big East was only the third meet of her life in which she’s contested an open indoor 400. She’s PR’d in each one.
Drayton’s outdoor PR at East was 56.00, which she ran this past spring at the state Group 4 meet, where she placed second to Shauntae Nelson of Piscataway, who’s now at U. Conn.
Drayton came back to place fourth in the 200 in 24.40 after setting a PR of 24.3 in the trials on Sunday.