Oct. 29, 2009
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown University cross country team will compete at the BIG EAST Championships this Saturday (Oct. 31) at the Wayne Dannehl National Cross Country Course at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis.
The 10th-ranked men’s team will run the 8,000-meter race at noon EST, and the ninth-ranked women will compete in the 6,000-meter race at 12:50 p.m. EST.
The men look to defend their 2008 tournament crown in an attempt to capture to their seventh conference title. The last and only time the Hoyas won back-to-back titles was in 1986 and 1987.
Graduate student Andrew Bumbalough (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) looks to defend his 2008 individual championship, where his 23:55 in the 8,000-meter race was the second-fastest time ever at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y. The person to win back-to-back individual titles was Martin Fagan of Providence (2005, 2006).
This season, Bumbalough - a five-time All-American - set the course record (23:54) at the University Ridge Golf Course in Verona, Wis., claiming first place at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational. Sophomore Mark Dennin (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyerstown) had a first-place finish and course-record 24:16.8 in the 7,900-meter race at the JMU Open Invitational in Harrisonburg, Va.
The women finished in third place behind winner Villanova and runner-up West Virginia at last year’s BIG EAST Championships. GU’s top performer was then rookie Katie McCafferty (Convent Station, N.J./Oak Knoll), who posted a 20:48 in the 6,000-meter race to finish in eighth.
The women’s 2009 campaign has been highlighted by sophomore All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont), who ran a 20:45.1 and came in ninth place at NCAA Pre-Nationals and was recognized as the BIG EAST Athlete of the Week (Oct. 22) for the feat. Freshman Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) garnered a 22:31.83 at the Navy Invitational to win the event in the first meet of the season.
After the BIG EAST Championship, both squads will compete at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Princess Anne, Md., on Nov. 14.
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