WASHINGTON - On a day when the GU track & field community was celebrating Bryan Woodward (C'97) and his induction into the Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame as an 800-meter specialist who captured the 1997 outdoor NCAA title, there was another Hoya -- All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) -- etching his name into the GU record books, and he did it in the same event that Woodward specialized in during his time on the Hilltop.
White demolished Georgetown's 800-meter school record on Saturday night, eclipsing the previous best by nine-tenths of a second en route to the event title at the Iowa State Classic, one of the premier indoor collegiate events of the season.
"Joe White continues the great tradition of middle distance runners at Georgetown," Interim Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Julie Culley said. "His performance at Iowa State solidifies him as the fastest indoor 800m runner ever to wear the blue and gray. He is coming into his own as an athlete and is refining his skills as a truly phenomenal competitor. We are excited to see him race at the BIG EAST Championships and then to toe the line with the nation's best to vie for a national championship later this season."
White's time takes down the previous record that stood for just shy of two years and is one of only a pair of indoor times to be faster than Rich Kenah's 1992 NCAA Championship winning time (1:47.40).
Additionally, a small contingent of Hoyas competed at the BU Valentine Invitational, putting up personal records (PRs) of their own at the Boston University Track & Field Center. The Hoyas will continue the season on Saturday, February 18 as the Hoyas travel to the Alex Wilson Invitational, hosted by the University of Notre Dame.
Iowa State Classic (Lied Recreation Athletic Center; Ames, Iowa)
White, an All-American across both indoor and outdoor track & field, is building off an impressive 2016 season that saw him reach the semifinals of the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 800-meter run. Already defeating an impressive half-mile specialist on his home track just a few weeks prior, he went out to Ames and clinched the win, running 1:46.44, taking out a stacked field of competitors.
White's record-setting time is the fourth-fastest time in the country currently and he is definitely in the conversation as a contender come March at the NCAA Championships. While he has continued to excel with his training, he attributed his consistency this season to his mental toughness in a postrace interview with FloTrack.
"My confidence -- I've been working on the mental side," White explained. "Past years at NCAAs, I've let the competition get to my head, just thinking about all these crazy times that everybody's run. Sometimes you just have to put that all past you and just get ready for what's to come. You can only focus on yourself at the end of the day."
Georgetown Among Top 10 at Iowa State Classic
Men's 800-Meter Run
1. Joe White, 1:46.44 (PR, school record)
BU Valentine Invitational (Boston University Track & Field Center; Boston, Mass.)
A small contingent of runners competed at the BU Valentine Invitational on Saturday with a quartet of PRs highlighting the meet. Joshua Bell (Nashville, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) and Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) both turned in top-10 performances in their events, each running a PR.
Bell turned in the third-fastest 1,000-meter time in the BIG EAST thus far and aids the Hoyas in owning the top five times and six of the top seven times in the league. Fahy's mile time is the fastest in the BIG EAST with a trio of Hoyas at the top of that list.
Georgetown Among the Top 10 at BU Valentine Invitational
Men's 1,000-Meter Run
9. Joshua Bell, 2:25.04 (PR)
9. Darren Fahy, 4:03.11 (PR)