STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Behind two event titles, the Georgetown University track & field program claimed fifth-place finishes on both the men's and women's side following the final day of the BIG EAST Indoor Championships. Following the final day of competition at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex, the Hoyas managed two event crowns and six new personal records (PRs). The men finished fifth with 89 points while the women placed fifth overall, recording 53 points.
"I'm proud of a lot of the performances I saw today," Interim Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Julie Culley said. "Overall, we were solid today. We still need to get better but I like what I saw out there. I think the 4x800-meter showdown between Georgetown and Villanova was one of the best races of the day. We had a number of great performances, but watching Jody, in particular, was just inspiring. Once we get back, we will focus on what we are doing for the next couple of weeks and the next couple of months."
The Hoyas continue the postseason portion of the season with the ECAC / IC4A Championships, held on March 4-5, in Boston, Mass., as well as the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, held on March 10-122, in College Station, Texas.
Men's Recap (5th of 7; 89 points)
DePaul (146), Marquette (135), Butler (128), Villanova (100), Georgetown (89), Xavier (74), Providence (22)
All-American Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) was the early star of the show for the Hoyas. He went early with another pair of runners, including teammate and All-American Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) creating a gap between the trio and the remainder of the field. As they pushed through to the bell lap, Carpenter took a lead he would not relinquish and crossed the finish line in a new mile PR of 4:03.57. Fahy followed in second and Jack Salisbury (Rumford, R.I./La Salle Academy) picked up points for the Hoyas with his eighth-place performance.
Also claiming a title today was the foursome of Quincey Wilson (Lithonia, Ga./Lithonia), Kenny Rowe (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola Blakefield), Nick Sullivan (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) and All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic). The Hoyas competed against DePaul and Villanova in the second of a two-heat final, but when Villanova's anchor pulled up, it was a race between the Blue & Gray and the Blue Demons. White went in to the final turn and outkicked DePaul's anchor to lead the Hoya foursome to the win, clocking 3:14.83.
Making his presence known in the sprints, Wilson tallied 11 points for the Blue & Gray across two events, finishing third in the 200-meter dash with a PR 21.96. He paired that with a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash, where he and teammates Sullivan and Rowe combined for 10 points in the events as Sullivan clocked a PR.
In the men's 3,000-meter run, All-American Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John's School) and Jack Van Scoter (Pasadena, Calif./Flintridge Academy) ran with the lead pack until Green and Butler's Erik Peterson separated from the field. Green went with Peterson but as the race continued, Green slipped behind but the duo tallied 14 points for the Hoyas in the event, taking second and third, respectively.
Georgetown Men's Final Results (Points Scored)
Men's 200-Meter Dash
3. Quincey Wilson, 21.96 (6) [PR]
iWomen's Recap (5th of 8 teams, 53 points)
Marquette (173.5), Villanova (149.5), St. John's (129), DePaul (90), Georgetown (53), Butler (44), Providence (38), Xavier (24)
Jody-Ann Knight (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville) managed another pair of PRs for the second day in a row as she made the podium in the 200-meter dash with a PR 22.56, shaving more than a half second off her best from the 2016 campaign. She tallied 10 points from individual events as she paired her podium performance with a fifth-place showing in the 60-meter dash, clocking a PR 7.70. She then ran the leadoff leg of the 4x400-meter relay that finished fifth, tallying another four points for GU.
The 4x800-meter relay came down to five-hundredths of a second as two classic rivals in Georgetown and Villanova separated from the rest of the field. The foursome of Carey Celata (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Friends/Penn), Aleta Looker (Ellsworth, Maine/Ellsworth), Jocelyn Hubbard (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield/Northeastern) and Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) traded the lead with the Wildcats and through the final exchange, Donaghu was just behind Villanova's anchor. As VU tried to pull away, Donaghu kept up and pushed to find that last kick over the final straightaway. Villanova edged out the Hoyas as the `Cats timed in at 8:42.67 and GU crossed the finish at 8:42.72.
Donaghu and Celata combined for nine points in the 800-meter run with fourth- and fifth-place performances, respectively.
Georgetown Women's Final Results (Points Scored)
Women's 60-Meter Dash
5. Jody-Ann Knight, 7.70 (4) [PR]
Women's 200-Meter Dash
3. Jody-Ann Knight, 24.56 (6) [PR]
4. Kennedy Weisner, 4:47.22 (5)
Scott Carpenter won the 11th BIG EAST men's mile title in program history. His time of 4:03.57 is the second-fastest winning mile time in GU history behind Steve Holman's 4:00.57 in 1992.
Georgetown picked up its fourth BIG EAST indoor 4x400-meter title in program history. The Hoyas reclaim the title they won in 2015 after a 16-year drought, dating back to 1999.
Joe White is now one of two student-athletes to be on two different BIG EAST indoor 4x400-meter championship squads, joining Matt Kalwinsky. White is the lone Hoya to anchor a pair of BE winning indoor 4x400-meter relays.
With the title in the men's 4x400-meter relay, White now has five indoor crowns, moving him into a fifth-place tie with former Hoya Mike Stahr. His eight overall across all seasons (5 indoor, 3 outdoor) moves him into a fourth-place tie with former Hoyas Kalwinsky (6 indoor, 2 outdoor) and Josh Rollins (3 indoor, 5 outdoor).
Clocking 24.56 in the 200-meter dash, Jody-Ann Knight moves in to ninth place all-time in program history.