Junior Andrew Bumbalough ran the second-best course time at Van Cortlandt Park today to lead the Hoyas to a BIG EAST Championship. He is Georgetown's first BIG EAST individual champion since 1989.
Oct. 31, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The 10th-ranked Georgetown men's cross country team took first place in the 14-team field today at the 2008 BIG EAST Cross Country Championship today at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y. Junior Andrew Bumbalough (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) won the individual race, posting a time of 23:55 in the men's 8,000-meter race and was the first of five Hoyas to finish in the top ten. The Villanova women won the team race while Hoya freshman Katie McCafferty (Convent Station, N.J./Oak Knoll) was the first to cross the finish line donning the blue and gray. She posted a time of 20:48 in the 6,000-meter race to finish eighth as the 11th-ranked Georgetown women's team placed third of 16 teams.
Bumbalough's time was the second-best ever posted on the course as he ran a 4:49 pace. Bumbalough is the first BIG EAST Individual champion since John Trautmann in 1989. This is the first BIG EAST Cross Country Championship for the Georgetown men since 2003.
Sophomore Ayalew Taye (Portland, Maine/Cushing Academy) was the second Hoya to cross the finish line as he finished with a time of 24:40 for a 4:58 pace. Immediately following Taye were senior Levi Miller (Belfast, Maine/Belfast Area), senior Justin Scheid (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXII), junior Mike Krisch (Hopkins, Minn./Hopkins) and graduate student Michael Banks (Holden, Mass./Wachusett Regional) in eighth-11th place, respectively.
The Georgetown men were dominant in the field as they totaled 35 points, followed by Notre Dame (64), Villanova (78), No. 27 Providence (89), Syracuse (118), Cincinnati (187), Marquette (202), Louisville (221), Pittsburgh (273), Rutgers (283), DePaul (312), Seton Hall (340), Connecticut (351) and South Florida (438).
"I'm extremely happy with the race," Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Patrick Henner said. "The men went out and dominated the field from the start. It was a great race for Bumbalough and the team showing was great with our pack doing a stellar job. I'm very proud of Ayalew [Taye] and Justin [Scheid]."
For the second year in a row, the Georgetown women took third place at the BIG EAST Championship. In her first BIG EAST Championship, McCafferty put up a solid performance to take eighth place overall, running a 5:35 pace. She was the second freshman to cross the finish line as fellow Hoya Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) was third with a time of 21:00 - taking 15th place overall.
Senior Natasha LaBeaud (Folsom, Calif./Folsom) placed 11th with a time of 20:52 immediately followed by graduate student Elizabeth Maloy (Loudonville, N.Y./Academy of Holy Names) in 12th place with a time of 20:56. Junior Renee Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) was the fifth Hoya to pick up points as she crossed the finish line with a time of 21:29 to take 28th place overall.
No. 6 Villanova led the field with 40 points followed by No. 5 West Virginia (48), No. 11 Georgetown (74), No. 24 Providence (123), Syracuse (129), Notre Dame (149), Louisville (222), Marquette (222), Cincinnati (255), South Florida (328), Rutgers (335), Connecticut (369), DePaul (395), St. John's (397), Pittsburgh (426) and Seton Hall (522).
The Hoyas continue the season on Saturday, November 15 when they compete at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, held in Princeton, N.J.