PHILADELPHIA - The Georgetown University track & field team competed in front of a crowd of 22,894 track & field fans at historic Franklin Field on the first day of the 2017 Penn Relays. The Blue & Gray shined at Distance Night as Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John's School) won the men's 10,000-meter run and the team tallied a pair of personal records (PRs). The three-day meet held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania continues through Saturday.
Live results can be found on the official site of the 2017 Penn Relays.
Green, an All-American in the 10,000-meter run, became the first Hoya to win the 10,000-meter title, the 30th installment of the event at Penn Relays, dating back to 1978. The win marked the season opener for Green and the 29:26.18 time is better than his 2016 season best. Green crossed the finish line with more than a five-second lead on the field while fellow Hoya Michael Crozier (Arlington, Va./Gonzaga) finished third overall, clocking 29:38.48.
The men's 5,000-meter run saw a trio of GU competitors with Michael Clevenger (Decatur, Ill./Douglas MacArthur/Notre Dame) leading the way as he finished 10th in the fastest section, clocking 14:08.32 in his first outdoor 5,000-meter run as a Hoya and nearly 15 seconds faster than his best indoor 5,000m for the Blue & Gray.
Autumn Eastman (Hinesburg, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) dropped a huge PR in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase as she knocked more than seven seconds off her debut in the event just a week ago, clocking 10:25.95 for 10th place.
The Georgetown women's distance medley relay (DMR) squad competed in the coveted Championship of America (COA) section on Friday afternoon. All-American Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) led off for the Hoyas, getting caught up in a tightly-set pack early. As the first lap closed, Donaghu maneuvered through the crowd and by 800 meters, she was among the top five spots. At the first exchange (1,200 meters), the Blue & Gray was in sixth with the hot-footed Jody-Ann Knight (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville) taking over the 400-meter leg. As the field pushed forward, Knight kept the Hoyas in sixth place with a gap building. All-American Emma Keenan (Gwynned Valley, Pa./Gwynned-Mercy Academy) was on the 800-meter frame, tasked with running alone as the lead pack had built a gap. The senior managed one of just five splits in the field to break 2:10. All-American Kennedy Weisner (St. Marys, Pa./Elk County Catholic) was the anchor as the Hoyas timed in at 11:23.93.
Women's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase
10. Autumn Eastman, 10:25.95 (PR)
The 2017 Penn Relays marks the 30th anniversary of the 1987 Georgetown Championship Men's DMR squad. The 1987 foursome of John Trautmann, Darron Outler, Miles Irish and Mike Stahr ran 9:20.96 in a photo finish for the ages as the Hoya foursome broke the world record. For his efforts, Stahr was named the 1987 Outstanding Men's Relay Athlete. The DMR squad was inducted to the Penn Relays Wall of Fame in 2007, joining the 1925 4x800-meter relay squad as the only two Hoya relays to earn the honor. Of the four, both Stahr and Trautmann have been inducted to the Wall of Fame with Stahr more recently in 2014 and Trautmann in 2002.
The Georgetown women have previously won the Penn Relays COA DMR three times, most recently in 2016. GU totals six women's COA wheels with the other four coming from the women's 4x800-meter run, an event the Blue & Gray garnered again in 2016.
The Georgetown men total 24 COA wins in its illustrious history, ranging from the sprint relays through the distance relays. The Hoyas have totaled an impressive six DMR wheels in addition to 10 4x800-meter relay wins. A consistent threat at Penn Relays, the Hoyas most recently brought a wheel back to the Hilltop in 2004, a win in the men's 4x800-meter relay.