Keklak Breaks School Record in 1,000m at Nittany Lion Challenge

Ahmed Bile

Jan. 16, 2016

WASHINGTON - Georgetown track & field All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton) set a new school record in the 1,000-meter run today at the Nittany Lion Challenge, hosted by Penn State at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track. Keklak’s record time highlighted the No. 10 GU women’s performances while the No. 22 Georgetown men put up a slew of strong times of their own.

Keklak clocked 2:42.76 to win the women’s 1,000-meter run, leading a quartet of current and former Hoyas among the top six. Keklak’s time is currently the fastest from any runner in the BIG EAST Conference.

Former Hoya Rachel Schneider finished second with a time of 2:42.86 and is also the previous 1,000m record holder (2:43.34, 2013). Another Hoya alum, Chelsea Cox, finished fourth with a time of 2:43.59 while All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) placed fifth (2:44.76).

Also winning her event, Kennedy Weisner (St. Mary’s, Pa./Elk County Catholic) ran 9:30.20 to win the women’s 3,000-meter run, leading a trio of runners for the Blue & Gray among the top five. Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) and Sarah Cotton (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) finished third (9:35.80) and fifth (9:44.09), respectively.

Emma Keenan (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy) managed a time of 1:31.64 to finish second in the women’s 600-meter run and former Hoya Becca DeLoache placed fourth (1:32.29).



In the women’s mile, Audrey Belf (Birmingham, Mich./Earnest W. Seaholm) finished second with a time of 4:46.26, besting her time from just one week ago by more than five seconds. Belf was the first of five GU runners among the top eight and Heather Martin (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) finished fourth (4:49.27), the only other Hoya athlete to break 4:50.

All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) ran a personal best to place third in the men’s 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:23.24, followed by Spencer Brown (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) in fourth (2:23.27).

In the men’s 600-meter run, All-American Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) was the first of six Hoyas among the top 10, as All-American Cole Williams (San Francisco, Calif./Occidental College) finished fourth (1:19.76) and was the only other Hoya to break 1:20.

John Murray (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) finished third in the men’s mile, clocking 4:08.67.

The nationally-ranked Georgetown track & field program will return to the same track in two weeks for the Penn State National Invitational, held January 29-30.

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