Feb. 12, 2016
WASHINGTON - All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton) continued her stellar indoor season on Friday by breaking GU’s school record in the women’s mile at the BU Valentine Invitational, a two-day meet held in Boston, Mass. This is Keklak’s second school record this season and the fourth for the program. The Blue & Gray split sites again, also traveling to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Classic.
Breaking Records: BU Valentine Invitational (Boston, Mass.)
Keklak’s time of 4:33.24 in the women’s mile is a new school record, two-tenths of a second faster than the previous record set by teammate and All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) in 2014, also at Boston University. Keklak was the top collegiate finisher in a stacked race with the likes of professionals Amanda Eccleson (Brooks) and Nicole Sifuentes (Saucony) taking one and two. Former Hoya All-American Rachel Schneider also ran the mile, clocking 4:30.72.
Keklak’s time is the second-fastest collegiate time this season and she is one of just two runners in the country to break 4:34.
Among the Program’s Best: Iowa State Classic (Ames, Iowa)
All-American Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./St. John’s High School) already put himself among Georgetown’s best during the cross country season, and now he has solidified his spot among the Blue & Gray’s elite during the indoor season. Clocking 13:52.36 in the men’s 5,000-meter run, Green now owns the sixth-fastest time in program history with storied names like John Trautmann, Steve Holman, Peter Sherry, Andrew Springer and Rod Koborsi ahead of him. Prior to this weekend’s events, a mere six runners had broken 13:53 this season.
The Hoyas return to action on Saturday, Feb. 13, with the second day of the BU Valentine Invitational in Boston, Mass., and the Spire Invitational in Geneva, Ohio.
• Andrea Keklak’s 4:33.24 is the fourth school record set since Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Michael Smith took over the program.
• Keklak has now set three school records in the same season with the 1,000m (Jan. 16), mile (Feb. 12) and led off the women’s DMR (Jan. 29).
• Jonathan Green joins an elite list of GU athletes in John Trautmann, Steve Holman, Peter Sherry, Andrew Springer, Rod Koborsi and Daniel Nunn as the only Hoyas to break 13:53 in the men’s 5,000-meter run. Of the seven, two have won NCAA individual titles for the Hoyas (Trautmann: 1990 Outdoor 5,000m; Holman: 1991 Indoor 4x800m Relay, 1992 Outdoor 1,500m). Of the seven, four – including Green – have finished among the top 10 at an NCAA Cross Country Championship.
• First This, Then That … Green is one of 10 Hoyas in program history to finish among the top 10 at an NCAA Cross Country Championship. He followed up his fifth-place performance with an impressive program time in the indoor season. Of the remaining nine top-10 finishers, four have followed it up with an impressive performance in the indoor season.
- Rod Koborsi followed up a 10th-place showing at the 2004 NCAA XC Championships with a 7:55.85 in the indoor 3,000m (then 4th all-time; Jan. 29, 2005)
- Steve Holman followed up a 10th-place showing at the 1991 NCAA XC Championships with a 4:00.57 in the indoor mile (then 4th all-time; Feb. 22, 1992) and a 13:47.63 in the indoor 5,000m (2nd all-time; March 13, 1992)
- Peter Sherry followed up a 10th-place showing at the 1989 NCAA XC Championships with a 7:59.13 in the indoor 3,000m (then 4th all-time; Feb. 24, 1990) and a 13:52.36 in the indoor 5,000m (then 2nd all-time; March 4, 1990)
- Joe Lynch followed up an eighth-place showing at the 1964 NCAA XC Championships with a 4:06.0 in the indoor mile (then school record, 1965)