Jan. 30, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University track & field team concluded the two-day Penn State National Invitational on Saturday, held at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track. The Hoyas competed in the invitational events as well as the open events and both the No. 10 women’s team and the No. 23 men’s team put up a number of strong performances, including personal records (PRs) for each team.
Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) ran a PR 4:45.46 in the women’s invitational mile to finish second in the event. In the men’s invitational mile, All-American Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John’s High School) ran more than an 11-second PR to finish third overall in the mile, clocking 4:04.68, winning the first of two heats. Green led teammate Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) to a seventh-place showing overall (fourth in his heat) with a time of 4:06.97, also a PR.
All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton), who led off the school record DMR from Friday night, ran 2:04.38 in the women’s 800-meter invitational, an indoor PR for the graduate student. She led a quartet of current and former Hoyas among the top seven including former Hoya standout Chelsea Cox in fourth (2:04.68) and Emma Keenan (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy) in sixth with a PR 2:06.18 and Heather Martin (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) in seventh with a PR 2:06.72.
All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) ran 1:47.44 in the men’s 800-meter invitational to finish third. It is an indoor PR in the event for the sophomore by more than three seconds. It is four-hundredths of a second off his outdoor PR.
In the women’s 3,000-meter invitational, Audrey Belf (Birmingham, Mich./Earnest W. Seaholm), held her own as the lone freshman to finish among the top five. Never having run the event collegiately, the first-year competitor clocked 9:21.13, the second-fastest time in the BIG EAST Conference currently. She is second only to Villanova veteran Angel Piccirillo, who won the invitational event.
Charles Cooper (Montreal, Canada/Lower Canada College) finished third in the men’s 1,000-meter invitational, clocking 2:25.33. In the open women’s 3,000-meter run, Madeline Perez (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West), who was a 10,000-meter NCAA qualifier during the 2015 outdoor season, ran 9:54.89, nearly a 10 second PR for the sophomore.
The Hoyas return to competition on Friday and Saturday, February 6-7, as they split sites between the BU Scarlet and White Invite in Boston, Mass., and the Villanova Open at Ocean Breeze in Staten Island, N.Y.
• Andrea Keklak’s 800m time (2:04.38) is currently the third-fastest collegiate time recorded this season.
• Joe White’s 800m time (1:47.44) is currently the sixth-fastest collegiate time recorded this season.
• Audrey Belf’s 3,000m time (9:21.13) is currently the 12th-fastest collegiate time recorded this season.