May 14, 2016
GENEVA, Ohio - The Georgetown track & field team claimed six titles (4 men; 2 women) over two days at the 2016 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships, presented by Jeep. The Hoya men finished fourth of seven teams, while the women placed fifth of eight teams. The two-day meet was held at the Spire Institute, an Olympic development training site in Geneva, Ohio.
Men's Recap (4th of 7; 95 points)
Overall Results: Marquette (246), Villanova (179), DePaul (163), Georgetown (95), Butler (64), Xavier (52), Providence (48)
All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) continued his impressive BIG EAST run, winning his seventh title (indoor and outdoor combined) in just two years as he came off the final turn of the 800-meter run and outkicked the field, clocking 1:50.77 for the win. White successfully defended his 2015 title and becomes the third GU runner to repeat as an 800-meter winner. Spencer Brown (Wilton, Conn./Wilton), competing in his first outdoor conference championships, finished sixth (1:52.67) in the event.
All-American Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) made his move on the bell lap to take over the lead on the back straightaway. Bile was challenged on the final straightaway by teammate and fellow All-American Cole Williams (San Francisco, Calif./Occidental College), with Bile taking the win with a time of 3:55.48 and Williams clocking 3:55.58 for second. All-American Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) finished fifth with a time of 3:56.88. It was the seventh BIG EAST title of Bile's career; the senior has three titles from the indoor season and four from outdoor championships.
In the men's 4x800-meter relay, it came down to a familiar race between Villanova and Georgetown down the stretch. The quartet of Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial), Andrew Ogle (Powell, Tenn./Powell), Williams and Bile fell just shy down the stretch as Bile, on the anchor leg, got tripped up coming off the final turn and was edged out by VU's Elliot Slade. The Hoyas clocked 7:39.31 for second place.
In the final event on the track, the GU foursome of Daniel Anderson (Ozark, Mo./Ozark), White, Brown and Charles Cooper (Montreal, Canada/Lower Canada College) managed a fourth-place finish with a time of 3:18.25.
In the men's 5,000-meter run, Michael Crozier (Arlington, Va./Gonzaga) picked up points for the Hoyas as he finished fifth with a time of 14:32.80, a new personal record (PR), eclipsing his previous best by more than 10 seconds.
In the men's 400-meter dash, Anderson and Ted Foster (Brielle, N.J./Andrews Osborne Academy [Ohio]/Oregon) finished fifth (49.56) and sixth (50.48), respectively, to pick up points for the Hoyas.
Women's Recap (5th of 8; 82 points)
Overall Results: Marquette (196), Villanova (179), St. John's (176), DePaul (104), Georgetown (82), Providence (48), Butler (41), Xavier (27)
All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) picked up the seventh BIG EAST title of her career as she cruised to a win in the 1,500-meter run, claiming the title in back-to-back years. Coogan clocked 4:26.24 to edge out St. John's Stephanie Vanpelt for the title, while All-American Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) finished third (4:29.53) and Audrey Belf (Birmingham, Mich./Earnest W. Seaholm) placed fourth (4:32.27).
The foursome of Aleta Looker (Ellsworth, Maine/Ellsworth), All-American Emma Keenan (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy), Coogan and All-American Heather Martin (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) successfully defended the 4x800-meter title, claiming the 10th title in program history with a time of 8:47.89. The Hoyas edged out St. John's with Martin outkicking her Red Storm counterpart down the home straightaway.
With four Hoyas competing in the finals of the 800-meter run, the Hoyas picked up a slew of points as they went 2-3-4-7 in the event. Villanova's Siofra Cleirigh Buttner managed to push past the field with Martin finishing second with a time of 2:07.78, followed by All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) in third (2:07.93), Keenan in fourth (2:08.22) and Jocelyn Hubbard (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield/Northeastern) in seventh (2:13.41).
The foursome of Jody-Ann Knight (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville), Keklak, Donaghu and Hubbard clinched a third-place finish in the women's 4x400-meter relay as they clocked 3:50.08.
Less than 24 hours after finishing third in the 10,000-meter run, Autumn Eastman (Hinesburg, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) took fourth place in the 5,000-meter finals, clocking 16:42.70, as she completed a distance double.
In the women's 200-meter dash, Knight ran 25.67, good enough for seventh place and to score points for the Blue & Gray.
Katrina Coogan's win in the 1,500-meter run is the ninth in program history. She becomes just the second Hoya to win back-to-back years as Treniere (Clement) Moser accomplished the same feat in 2003 and 2004.
Ahmed Bile's win in the 1,500-meter run is the 15th in program history. Having previously won the 800-meter run in 2014, Bile is the only Hoya in program history to record a win in both events.
Joe White's win in the 800-meter run is the 12th in program history. He is just the third GU runner to repeat as an 800-meter champion as Bryan Woodward won a pair in 1995 and 1997 and Jesse O'Connell won in 2001, 2003 and 2004. White and O'Connell are the lone Hoyas to win back-to-back titles in Georgetown history.
White's 800-meter title marks the third-straight year a Hoya has won the BIG EAST outdoor title. Georgetown leads all BIG EAST schools with 12 titles, followed by Villanova with nine.
White becomes just the fifth athlete in BIG EAST history to win both the indoor and outdoor 800-meter titles in the same year. Most recently, Bile did it in 2014 and the other three instances were in 1985 (John Marshall, Villanova), 1981 (Brian Jenning, Seton Hall) and 1980 (Jim DeReinzo, Georgetown).