Feb. 26, 2016
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The Georgetown University track & field team swept the distance medley relays (DMR) on the first day of the 2016 BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships, presented by the Jeep Brand, on Friday. It was the third-straight women’s DMR championship and the fourth in five years for the No. 14 GU women’s team. The men’s team clinched their ninth DMR victory in program history and the first since 2011. The two-day meet concludes on Saturday with live coverage of the championships available on the BIG EAST Digital Network. Pat O’Keefe and Cayleigh Griffin are on the call for the BEDN.
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Men’s Track & Field at BIG EAST – Day One (After five events scored: 4th of 7, 17 points)
The men’s DMR squad of Michael Lederhouse (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West), All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic), All-American Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) and All-American Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./Saint Louis Country Day) set a new meet record en route to the victory with a time of 9:28.91, the second-fastest time in program history. The Blue & Gray edged out Villanova (9:29.17) for the win as both teams surpassed the previous meet record (9:32.89) by more than three seconds.
Georgetown and Villanova pulled ahead of the field early in the race and by the anchor leg, Bartelsmeyer tucked in right behind VU’s Robert Denault for much of the 1,600-meter leg. Though there were moments when it seemed that Denault would widen the gap, Bartelsmeyer stayed close and came off the final turn with a big surge to outkick Denault for the win.
Early on in the 5,000-meter run, it was easy to see that All-American Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John’s High School), Villanova’s Patrick Tiernan and Providence’s Erik Peterson stood out from the field. The trio pulled ahead early in the first finals event on the track. Green traded the lead a couple of times before settling in at third. He picked up six points for the Hoyas with his third-place 14:14.98.
Kenneth Armstrong (San Dimas, Calif./Damien) recorded a season-best 6.64m in the long jump, just .05m off his PR, and was a point scorer for the Hoyas as he finished eighth in the event.
All-American Cole Williams (San Francisco, Calif./Occidental College) and Spencer Brown (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) each won their heat in the 1,000-meter run, as defending champion Williams clocked 2:28.71 for the auto bid while Brown recorded the fastest time from heats with a 2:28.71 to also earn the automatic bid. Qualifying on time for Saturday’s finals was Thomas Williams (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy College Prep/Arizona State), who ran 2:29.24 to take fourth in the first heat.
A pair of All-Americans in White and Bile won their heats to automatically advance to the finals of the 800-meter run, clocking 1:54.31 and 1:55.43, respectively. Also qualifying for the finals on Saturday was Andrew Ogle (Powell, Tenn./Powell) with a time of 1:55.85, for third place in the second heat. Bile and White are no strangers to the podium at the BIG EAST indoor championships as Bile previously won the 800-meter title in 2014 and White was the victor in the 2015 400-meter final.
A pair of Hoyas advanced to the finals of the 500-meter dash with Daniel Anderson (Ozark, Mo./Ozark) clocking 1:05.26 to take third in the first heat and Zach Zingsheim (Lansing, Mich./Lansing Catholic) placing third in the second heat (1:06.01).
The 400-meter trials were a straight time qualifier with no auto bids for even the heat winners. Competing in the second of three heats, Ted Foster (Brielle, N.J./Andrews Osborne Academy [Ohio]/Oregon) ran 49.88 to finish third in the heat to qualify for Saturday’s finals. Also qualifying was Nick Sullivan (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto), who clocked 50.20 for third place in his heat to advance to the finals.
Women’s Track & Field at BIG EAST – Day One (After five events scored: 4th of 8, 20 points)
The women’s foursome of All-American Samantha Nadel (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore), All-American Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo), Kennedy Weisner (St. Mary’s, Pa./Elk County Catholic) and All-American anchor Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) completed the three-peat as the Hoyas won a third-straight BIG EAST indoor DMR with a time of 11:18.02.
Georgetown made its presence known early, pulling ahead of the field. Consistent with many DMRs, it came down to the final leg with Coogan pitted against Villanova’s Sammy Bockoven. Bockoven made a move early to pull ahead of Coogan. Unfazed, Coogan comfortably tucked in for the majority of the stanza before pulling away with 400 meters to go, dropping the hammer on the Wildcats as the Hoyas cruised to an eight-second victory.
Audrey Belf (Birmingham, Mich./Earnest W. Seaholm) continues her stellar freshman campaign as she made the podium in the 5,000-meter run, clocking 16:21.16. It was Belf’s first collegiate 5,000-meter race and goes down in GU history as the fastest 5,000m BIG EAST time from a freshman as she tallied six points for the Hoyas.
All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton) handily qualified for the finals of the 500-meter dash, clocking 1:12.26 to win her heat.
A trio of Hoyas took the second, third and fourth spot in the prelims of the 800-meter run as Emma Keenan (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy) received the auto bid by winning the second of two heats, clocking 2:09.86 for the third-fastest time from the trials. Also advancing to Saturday’s finals were Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) and Heather Martin (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) with the second- (2:09.72) and fourth-fastest times (2:09.90) from the prelims, respectively.
Jody-Ann Knight (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville) qualified for the finals of the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.36. This will be Knight’s first appearance in the 200-meter finals as the sophomore competed in the 60-meter finals in 2015. This year, Knight narrowly missed out on the 60-meter finals as she clocked 7.88 in the prelims, just one-hundredth of a second off the final qualifying time in the event.
• This is the first time in program history that Georgetown has swept the BIG EAST DMR. They become just the second team in Conference history to do so with Villanova completing the sweep five times (1983, 1990, 1993, 1994, 2010).
• Georgetown’s win in the women’s DMR is the third-straight, fourth in five years and the 11th total in program history. The Hoyas are second only to Villanova (14) in total women’s DMR titles in the league. The two teams claim 25 of the 34 total titles in BIG EAST history.
• Georgetown’s win in the men’s DMR is the ninth in program history and the first since 2011. The Hoyas are second only to Villanova (16) in total men’s DMR titles in the league. The two teams claim 25 of the 37 total titles in BIG EAST history.
• Michael Lederhouse recorded his first BIG EAST indoor title as he ran lead off on the men’s DMR. Joe White and Ahmed Bile now total three indoor BE titles while Amos Bartelsmeyer tallied his second.
• With the DMR win, Samantha Nadel and Sabrina Southerland both record their third BIG EAST indoor crowns. Kennedy Weisner tallied her first indoor conference title while Coogan now has a pair.
• Audrey Belf’s 16:21.16 is the ninth-fastest 5,000-meter time in GU history and is the fastest time from a freshman at the BIG EAST indoor meet in program history.