GU Men Earn Runner-Up Honors At BIG EAST Cross Country Championships
BOSTON, MASS. (Oct. 27) - The Georgetown University men's cross country team, ranked eighth in the country in the latest Mondo Men's Cross Country Poll, earned runner-up honors at the 2000 BIG EAST Conference Cross Country Championship, held Friday, October 27, at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass. It is the Hoyas' third-consecutive second-place finish at the league championship. GU last won the men's team crown in 1994.
Fourth-ranked Providence won the team title with 39 points, followed by Georgetown in second with 46 points. Villanova was third with 97 points, #17 Notre Dame fourth with 100 points, and West Virginia took fifth with 146 points.
Georgetown placed five runners in the top 20. Freshman Franklyn Sanchez (Lynn, Mass./Lynn Tech) was the first Hoya to cross the finish line of the 8,000-meter course. Sanchez ran 23:35 for third place. Sophomore Mike Smith (Princeton, Mass./Wachusetts) ended up two spots behind Sanchez in fifth place with a mark of 23:43. Senior David Rodriguez (Fremont, Calif./Mission San Jose) recorded a time of 23:52 to take ninth place, while senior Corey Smith (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) earned 13th in 24:06. Rounding out the GU point scorers was senior Kyle Smits (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack). Smits finished in 24:13 to garner 16th place.
Providence's Keith Kelly won the men's competition with a mark of 23:21.
2000 BIG EAST Cross Country Championship Men's Team Results
Finish Points 1. Providence 39 2. GEORGETOWN 46 3. Villanova 97 4. Notre Dame 100 5. West Virginia 146 6. Boston College 153 7. Connecticut 213 8. Virginia Tech 220 9. Rutgers 272 10. Seton Hall 272 11. Pittsburgh 328 12. Miami 331 13. Syracuse 339 14. St. John's 390