Jan. 31, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University track & field program returned to Happy Valley in style today recording two nation-leading times, in the men's and women's distance medley relays, to open the two-day Penn State National Invitational, held at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track in State College, Pa. Both DMR squads ran the best times in the nation this indoor season with both 1,200-meter leadoffs setting new school records.
The men's DMR featured Cole Williams (San Francisco, Calif./Occidental College) on the leadoff leg, splitting 2:52.2 for a school record. Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) took over the 400-meter leg, while All-American Ryan Manahan (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) ran his specialty, the 800-meter leg. All-American Amos Bartelsemeyer (St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis Country Day), more familiar in the leadoff role in the past, anchored the foursome to a time of 9:28.22, the best time in the country this season. The foursome edged out host Penn State (9:28.36) and league-foe Villanova (9:31.36) for the title.
Freshman Connor Sheryak (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier), already off to a good start this season, thrashed his previous best by nearly 30 seconds, timing in at 14:18.22 to win the invitational section of the men's 5,000-meter run.
The women, who recently moved up to No. 9 in the first week of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) computerized rankings system, boast one of the deepest middle distance rosters in the country and on Friday night, that depth was put on display.
All-American Hannah Neczypor (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) led the way on the 1,200-meter leg, putting the Hoyas in perfect position with her school-record setting split of 3:19.9. Freshman Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant), competing in her first indoor season on the Hilltop, took over the 400-meter leg. The last two stanzas were left in the capable hands of All-Americans Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) and Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) - the quartet was the lone team to break 11 minutes, clocking 10:57.71 to beat conference-rival Villanova (11:04.29) and host-school Penn State (11:22.61) for the top three.
The time is currently the fastest DMR in the country this season and the only recorded time to break 11 minutes thus far.
Joanna Stevens (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) finished second in the invitational section of the women's 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:58.17
Georgetown returns to action on Saturday, January 31, as the Blue & Gray competes on the final day of the Penn State National Invitational.