Hoyas Close BIG EAST Championships with Four Titles

May 13, 2017

VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Georgetown University track & field program closed the 2017 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships with four event titles over the two-day meet that was held at the Jumbo Elliott Track at Villanova Stadium. All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) was named the BIG EAST Men’s Most Outstanding Track Performer as he picked up his eighth and ninth league titles, winning a record third 800-meter title and anchored the winning 4x400-meter relay. The Hoya men finished fourth with 104 points while the women placed fifth with 68 points.

Men’s Recap [DePaul (204), Marquette (183), Villanova (138), Georgetown (104), Butler (98), Xavier (69), Providence (44)]
White became the first person in BIG EAST Conference history to win three 800-meter titles in a row and joins Hoya alum Jesse O’Connell as the only two athletes to ever win a trio of 800-meter outdoor titles in league history. On the back straightaway of the bell lap, he made his move on the inside to take a lead he would never relinquish. Georgetown managed 16 points in the event as Charles Cooper (Montreal, Canada/Lower Canada College) and Daniel Anderson (Ozark, Mo./Ozark) finished fourth and eighth, respectively.

White then joined teammates Quincey Wilson (Lithonia, Ga./Arabia Mountain), Nathaniel Gordon (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg) and Nick Sullivan (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) as the foursome won the eighth 4x400-meter relay title in program history. Three of the four qualified for the 400-meter finals. The quartet looked sharp as Wilson led off for the Hoyas and Gordon was in charge of the second frame. Sullivan had GU in first through the final exchange as White staved off the field on the final straightaway.

 

 

All-American Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) edged out Providence’s Julian Oakley up the home stretch to take second place in the 1,500-meter finals, while Adam Barnard (Gray, Tenn./Daniel Boone) finished eighth.

Georgetown placed a pair on the podium in the men’s 5,000-meter run as All-American Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John’s High School) finished second and Michael Crozier (Arlington, Va./Gonzaga) ran a PR 14:28.01 for third. Jack Van Scoter (Pasadena, Calif./Flintridge Prep) recorded a sixth-place showing.

A trio of Hoyas tallied 12 total points in the 400-meter dash as Wilson finished third (48.48), followed by Gordon and Sullivan in fifth (48.70) and seventh (49.93), respectively.

GU’s Barnard, Eion Nohilly (Golden’s Bridge, N.Y./John Jay), All-American Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) and Cooper posted a third-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay.

Georgetown in Saturday’s Finals
Men’s 400-Meter Dash

3. Quincey Wilson, 48.48 [6]; 5. Nathaniel Gordon, 48.70 [4]; 7. Nick Sullivan, 49.93 [2]

Men’s 800-Meter Run
1. Joe White, 1:52.83 [10]; 4. Charles Cooper, 1:55.27 [5]; 8. Daniel Anderson, 2:00.22 [1]

Men’s 1,500-Meter Run
2. Darren Fahy, 3:53.18 [8]; 8. Adam Barnard, 3:56.18 [1]

Men’s 5,000-Meter Run
2. Jonathan Green, 14:17.63 [8]; 3. Michael Crozier, 14:28.01 [6] (PR); 6. Jack Van Scoter, 14:37.05 [3]; 14. Henry Smithers 15:25.81

Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay
1. Quincey Wilson / Nathaniel Gordon / Nick Sullivan / Joe White, 3:15.63 [10]

Men’s 4x800-Meter Relay
3. Adam Barnard / Eion Nohilly / Scott Carpenter / Charles Cooper, 7:44.31 [6]

Women’s Recap [Marquette (195), Villanova (176), St. John’s (156), DePaul (134), Georgetown (68), Xavier (44), Providence (44), Butler (40)]
For the 11th time in program history, Georgetown emerged as the BIG EAST 4x800-meter relay champion. Jocelyn Hubbard (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield/Northeastern) led off for the Hoyas but it was All-American Kennedy Weisner (St. Marys, Pa./Elk County Catholic) on the second leg who pulled the Hoyas from first to second and then took a commanding lead. All-American Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) was on the third leg to extend GU’s lead and All-American Emma Keenan (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy) anchored the foursome to the championship as the Blue & Gray tallied its third-consecutive 4x800-meter title.

Weisner made a big final push to ensure the podium finish in the 1,500-meter finals as she clocked 4:30.81 for third place. Donaghu and Haley Pierce (Wilmington, Del./Tatnall School) also picked up points with seventh- and eighth-place finishes, respectively.

In the 800-meter finals, Keenan tallied eight points for the Hoyas as she finished second, followed by Hubbard and Carey Celata (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Friends/Penn) in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Jody-Ann Knight (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville) narrowly missed the podium in the 200-meter dash as she clocked a new outdoor best in the event, 24.58, to finish fourth. Shannon Duffy (Rapid City, S.D./St. Thomas More) finished seventh in the 100-meter hurdles to score points for the Hoyas, competing in her first BIG EAST final.

Knigh, Celata, Aleta Looker (Ellsworth, Maine/Ellsworth) and Morgan Irish (Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes) finished fifth in the 4x400-meter relay.

In her first collegiate 5,000-meter run, Kayla Grahn (La Canada Flintridge, Calif./Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy) picked up a point for the Blue & Gray as she finished eighth overall to nab the last scoring spot.

Georgetown in Saturday’s Finals>br> Women’s 200-Meter Dash
4. Jody-Ann Knight, 24.58 [5]

Women’s 800-Meter Run
2. Emma Keenan, 2:08.76 [8]; 4. Jocelyn Hubbard, 2:12.76 [5]; 5. Carey Celata, 2:13.06 [4]

Women’s 1,500-Meter Run
3. Kennedy Weisner, 4:30.81 [6]; 7. Piper Donaghu, 4:33.04 [2]; 8. Haley Pierce, 4:35.25 [1]; 9. Aleta Looker, 4:36.30

Women’s 5,000-Meter Run
8. Kayla Grahn, 18:20.59 [1]

Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay
5. Jody-Ann Knight / Carey Celata / Aleta Looker / Morgan Irish, 3:55.30 [4]

Women’s 4x800-Meter Relay
1. Jocelyn Hubbard / Kennedy Weisner / Piper Donaghu / Emma Keenan, 8:55.61

Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles
7. Shannon Duffy, 15.04 [2]

The Rundown
• When Darren Fahy repeated as the steeplechase champion, he became just the third Hoya in program history to win back-to-back men’s steeple titles joining Kevin King (1984, 1985) and Ian Urbina (1994, 1995). Georgetown leads the BIG EAST Conference in men’s steeplechase titles with 11 and with four titles in a row (2017-16-15-14), the Hoyas tie the record for consecutive steeple wins.
• When Joe White repeated as the 800-meter champion, he became the first athlete in BIG EAST history to tally three-consecutive 800-meter crowns. Georgetown leads the BIG EAST Conference in men’s 800-meter titles with 13, followed by Villanova with nine. With four-straight wins (White’s three and Ahmed Bile’s title in 2014), the Hoyas set the league record for consecutive titles. For his efforts, White was named the Most Outstanding Men’s Track Performer. This is the second time a Hoya has garnered the honor since the league started awarding it in 1993. Rod Koborsi earned the nod in 2005.
• The Hoyas captured their 11th BIG EAST women’s 4x800-meter title in program history and third in a row.
• The Georgetown men captured the eighth 4x400-meter relay title in program history with the last coming in 2015.

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