March 14, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University track & field program completed competition on Saturday night at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, held at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark., with All-Americans Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) and Ryan Manahan (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) garnering points for their teams.
Coogan lined up in the women's 3,000-meter finals for the third-consecutive year, improving upon her previous performance each season, this year finishing fourth. Coogan was smart in what began as a very tactical race, but picked up in speed quickly. The race was easily won by Arkansas' Dominique Scott, the favorite coming in to the race competing on her home track, but Coogan was competing against a familiar face in Providence College's Emily Sisson at her shoulder for third place. With matching times for the record books of 9:01.16, Sisson narrowly edged out Coogan to the thousandth second with a tiebreaker mark of 9:01.150 to Coogan's 9:01.160. Coogan's time is a personal record (PR) and the second-fastest time run in Georgetown history.
This year marked the first year that Manahan competed in the 800-meter run, having competed at NCAAs as a freshman as part of the men's distance medley relay squad. Manahan was poised through the finals, finishing fifth with a time of 1:47.56 in the four-lap race. Manahan, a strong closer, recorded the second-fastest split over the final 200 meters (27.27) to secure his fifth-place showing.
All-American Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale), competing in his first individual NCAA finals event of his career, clocked 4:05.21 in the men's mile to finish ninth in the event. The event boasted some of the most highly-touted talent in the middle distance with Oregon's Edward Cheserek and Montana State's Christian Soratos crushing the field, both going sub-four on back-to-back nights (prelims, finals).
Also competing in the women's 3,000-meter finals was All-American Samantha Nadel (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore). She finished 11th in the event with a time of 9:14.43.
Following 17 events scored, the men's team finished 22nd with nine points while the women tied Notre Dame for 30th place with seven points.
This concludes the indoor season. The Georgetown track & field program will open the outdoor season on March 27-28 at the Fred Hardy Invitational, held in Richmond, Va.