April 28, 2016
PHILADELPHIA - For just the third time in program history, the Georgetown University women's track & field team captured the distance medley relay (DMR) title at the Penn Relay Carnival, held at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa. The first race for the Hoyas of the three-day meet, the win gave the Hoya women the sixth Championship of America (COA) title in program history, now with three apiece in the DMR and the 4x800-meter relay.
"This win not only means a lot to me," Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Michael Smith said in a press conference following the race. "But it also means a lot to the history of Georgetown."
All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton) led off for the Hoyas in the 1,200-meter leg, splitting 3:28.32 as she made up ground over her three-lap stanza. As the first leg pushed through the final turn, it came down to the familiar race of Georgetown vs. Villanova as VU's Siofra Cleirigh Buttner inched ahead on the home straightaway. All-American Heather Martin (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) took over the 400-meter frame, splitting 55.12 to pull the Blue & Gray into the lead at the second exchange.
All-American Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) was in charge of the 800-meter leg, creating the largest lead for GU as she split a dominating 2:05.22, the fastest 800-meter leg of the day by more than three seconds. All-American Katrian Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) took over the anchor duties, cruising to the win with a time of 4:44.07 over her 1,600 meters.
Later in the evening, the Georgetown women ran the 4x400-meter relay heats, finishing third in the fourth heat, good enough for 28th overall. The foursome of Mirabel Nkenke (Orange, N.J./Immaculate Conception), Sarah Schmidt (Viersen, Germany), Jody-Ann Knight (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville) and Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) clocked 3:52.39.
Georgetown will continue the 2016 Penn Relay Carnival on Friday, April 29 as it compete in two events, the women's 4x1,500-meter run and the men's DMR.
The meet in its entirety will be broadcast live on FloTrack.com, with access granted via a subscription.
Live results can be found on the official site of the 2016 Penn Relays.
Friday Schedule (all times Eastern)
1:20 p.m. -- Women's 4x1,500-Meter Relay
2:35 p.m. -- Men's Distance Medley Relay
This is the third Penn Relays COA DMR title in program history for the women with the last one coming in 2011.
The GU women now total six COA relay titles with three apiece in the women's 4x800-meter relay and the DMR.
Georgetown becomes the fourth school in history to pull of the NCAA / Penn Relays double, winning the DMR title at both the NCAA indoor championships and the Penn Relays. Tennessee has accomplished the feat three times before (2010, 2009, 2004), while North Carolina (2003) and Villanova (1995) have each done it one time.