Dreamin' BIG

February 17, 2006

Here I am in Akron, Ohio. I arrived last evening with the track and field team for the Big East indoor championships. I am really looking forward to this two-day competition. Forty Hoyas - 18 women and 22 men together with their coaches are primed to perform their best this weekend. I chose to ride the women's bus - in part, because the driver is Hoya bus legend "Razor" Ray Hendrickson, who over the past 14 years has logged more miles of transporting Georgetown teams than any man in history. Surely, he would not fail to deliver us to our destination on time.

Distance runners Nana Hanson-Hall `07, Christine Whalen '09, and Meghan O'Neil '06 in Akron prepping for Big East glory

BIG EAST indoor track & field championships will be held at the University of Akron's indoor athletic facility


Track and field holds a special place in the world of athletics. The alma mater of all sport, its rituals are as old as mankind; its participants celebrated by the lyric poet Pindar at the athletic festivals of ancient Greece, including those held at Olympia in the western Peloponnesus. In its current intercollegiate manifestation, the sport provides a blend of individual performance and team accomplishment. When all it said and done however, each performer putting on the Georgetown colors is still measured on their own merits - in meters or milliseconds.


Team stays loose on the bus to Friday's practice

The team is large - two teams actually, which compete in three separate seasons: cross-country in the fall and indoor and outdoor track in the winter and spring respectively. The men's and women's teams share some facilities, some coaches, and some administrative functions. Its 33 male and 29 female participants are the most diverse in every way of all teams wearing the Blue & Gray.

T&F athletes at Georgetown are ubiquitous. They are in and around McDonough throughout the school year, going to and from their locker rooms, getting medical treatments, attending meetings, warming up for practice -- BUT never do they compete in front of their peers on campus.

No sport on the Hilltop has achieved as consistently as the track and field program over the past 100 years. Notwithstanding our modern-era national success in basketball, sailing and lacrosse, the storied tradition of Georgetown athletics is deeply rooted in our achievements on the track. Still, the track and field athletes of today do not chase the ghosts of the past. Instead, these remarkable young people seek to create their own legacy. And for the first time, I plan to root them on at the conference championships right here in Akron.

Hoya Hoya Saxa!




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