Behind Seven Event Titles, the Hoyas Conclude the BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships

Joe White (pictured) tallied his third and fourth BIG EAST indoor title at the 2016 championships.

Feb. 27, 2016

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Behind seven total event titles, the Georgetown University track & field team concluded the 2016 BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships, presented by the Jeep Brand, with a fourth-place showing on both the men’s and women’s side. The No. 14 women tallied five event titles for the most in one championship in program history.

Men’s Track & Field at BIG EAST – Day Two (4th of 7, 89 points)
Final Standings: Villanova (208), Marquette (195), DePaul (124.5), Georgetown (89), Butler (62.5), Providence (54), Xavier (40)

All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) blew past the field in the 800-meter finals, clocking 1:47.59 for a new meet record. He and All-American Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) were the leaders through 500 meters but as the bell rang, White took over the race for the fourth indoor title of his career. Earning points for the Hoyas were Bile and Andrew Ogle (Powell, Tenn./Powell), who finished fourth (1:51.52) and fifth (1:51.62), respectively.

The foursome of Charles Cooper (Montreal, Canada/Lower Canada College), Ogle, Spencer Brown (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) and All-American Cole Williams (San Francisco, Calif./Occidental College) managed a second-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay. There was a lot of movement through Cooper’s leg but as he handed off in second behind Villanova, the order would stay consistent as the Wildcats took first (7:28.04) followed by the Hoyas in second (7:28.96).

In the mile, All-American Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./Saint Louis Country Day) put in a strong performance after anchoring the championship DMR on Friday night. Bartelsmeyer lined up along with teammate Michael Lederhouse (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West), both two-time sub-four milers. The field went out slow leaving the race up to the final kick. Bartelsmeyer and Lederhouse both made strong moves but couldn’t clinch the win as the duo clocked 4:22.17 (3rd) and 4:22.72 (fourth), respectively.

Williams took the track to defend his 2015 1,000-meter title alongside Brown. Williams, who ran a meet record 2:21.71 to win the title in 2015, moved to the front early on but he could not hold on after a big push from the field. Brown pulled ahead for third (2:27.35) while Williams clocked 2:27.51 for fourth.

Making a bold move with four laps to go, John Murray (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) moved to the front of the pack to challenge Villanova’s Patrick Tiernan early in the 3,000-meter finals, trying to push the Wildcat who won the 5,000-meter finals on Friday. Setting the pace early for the race, Murray finished fifth after losing a bit of steam toward the end clocking 8:20.39 as Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) finished seventh (8:21.44).

Daniel Anderson (Ozark, Mo./Ozark) and Zach Zingsheim (Lansing, Mich./Lansing Catholic) finished first (1:05.51) and second (1:05.75), respectively, in the first of a two-heat 500-meter final, and eventually took fifth and sixth on the leaderboard following the second heat.

Ted Foster (Brielle, N.J./Andrews Osborne Academy [Ohio]/Oregon), competing in his first BIG EAST championships, took second in the first heat of the 400-meter finals. His time of 49.55 was just shy of his PR and good enough for fifth overall.

The men’s 4x400-meter relay squad of Anderson, Foster, Cooper and Zingsheim finished fourth overall with a time of 3:22.76, winning the first heat of the two-heat final.

Women’s Track & Field at BIG EAST – Day Two (4th of 8, 112 points)
Final Standings: Marquette (168.5), St. John’s (150), Villanova (133.5), Georgetown (112), DePaul (98), Providence (46), Butler (38), Xavier (32)

Kennedy Weisner (St. Mary’s, Pa./Elk County Catholic) is a newly-minted BIG EAST champion as she ran the 800-meter leg of the championship DMR on Friday night and, with the first event on the track on Saturday, handily won the mile with a time of 4:48.14. Weisner controlled the race from the gun, continuing to widen the gap with each lap.

Two more Hoyas picked up points for the Blue & Gray in the mile as Aleta Looker (Ellsworth, Maine/Ellsworth) and Kayla Grahn (La Canada, Calif.) finished seventh (4:57.75) and eighth (5:00.32), respectively. Grahn’s time was more than a five-second PR for the freshman.

In the 3,000-meter run, All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) tucked behind teammate Audrey Belf (Birmingham, Mich./William A. Seaholm) for much of the race until pulling ahead and never looking back. Competing in her first 3,000m of the season, she handily won the event with a time of 9:07.44. All-American Samantha Nadel (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) and Belf also picked up points in the event, finishing fourth (9:19.81) and sixth (9:33.54), respectively. It is the second year in a row a Hoya has won the 3,000-meter finals as Nadel captured the 2015 title.

The Hoya foursome of Looker, Coogan, Weisner and All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/ Princeton) won the 4x800-meter relay – something the Hoyas have not been able to do since 2009. Looker made a good move toward the end of her stanza as the Hoyas and Villanova were in the top two spots. Coogan took over the second leg and as she pulled away over the last 400 meters, the Blue & Gray extended the lead through the win in 8:51.74.

In the 800-meter final, a trio of Hoyas ran together with a spread just north of three-tenths of a second with Heather Martin (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) taking the win in the event (2:08.87), followed by Emma Keenan (Gwynedd-Valley, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy) in 2:08.88 and Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) in 2:09.18 to round out the podium finish.

All-American Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) attempted to defend her 1,000-meter title from 2015, but a new collegiate record in the event from VU’s Angel Piccirillo dethroned the junior and three-time BIG EAST indoor champion. Piccirillo and Southerland pulled ahead and it was a two-person race until Piccirillo pulled away with 200 meters to go en route to the 2:40.82 for the new collegiate record. Southerland was in second with a time of 2:45.72.

In the 500-meter finals, Keklak had just eight-hundredths of a second separate her from the title as she was narrowly edged out in the second heat with SJU’s Clair Mooney clocking 1:10.90 to Keklak’s 1:10.98.

The quartet of Donaghu, Keenan, Southerland and Martin competed in the second heat of the 4x400-meter finals. Donaghu was able to get ahead of defending champion St. John’s but soon after the first exchange, the Red Storm regained a lead they would not relinquish. Martin closed on SJU’s Mooney but it was not enough as the Hoyas finished second, clocking 3:42.13.

Competing in the first BIG EAST 200-meter finals of her career, Jody-Ann Knight (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville) not only scored points for the Hoyas with a sixth-place finish, but also ran a PR 25.18.

The Rundown
• Joe White’s fourth indoor title (2016 800m, 2016 DMR, 2015 400m, 2015 4x400m) ties him for sixth in program history in total BE indoor titles with Michael Jasper.
• White’s 800m win is the ninth title in program history and the first since Ahmed Bile won the event in 2014. The Hoyas won the first event in 1980 when James De Rienzo captured the title at the inaugural BIG EAST indoor championships. His new meet record (1:47.59) makes him the only Hoya to break 1:50 to win the event.
Kennedy Weisner tallied the fifth mile title for the Hoyas in program history with her win on Saturday. She is the first GU runner to win the event since Emily Infeld won it in 2012.
• Weisner recorded her second and third BIG EAST indoor titles with the win in the mile and as part of the 4x800m, just one day after she won her first as a part of the women’s DMR.
• With three titles from the championships, Katrina Coogan is now in a tie for third with most indoor titles (4) with Emily Infeld, Elizabeth Maloy, Miesha Marzell and Avril Ogrodnick. The 3,000m is Coogan’s first individual indoor title and she is the fourth Hoya to win the event.
• Heather Martin’s 800m win is the seventh title in program history in that event. She is the first to win it since Sabrina Southerland ran a meet record 2:04.85 for the win in 2014, a record that still stands. It is Martin’s first indoor BE title.
• The win in the women’s 4x800m relay is the first since 2009 and the seventh in program history with the first occurrence coming in 1984 when Marya Small, Joanne Sincero, Suzanne Girard and Ann Begley won the event (8:53.8).



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