May 28, 2015
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore standout Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John's High School) is the first Hoya to secure a trip to the NCAA Track & Field Championships as he advanced to the finals of the men's 10,000-meter first round on Thursday evening at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Preliminary. The three-day meet held at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida serves as the precursor to the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore., June 10-13.
Green, a sophomore who is competing in his first season of outdoor track & field, advanced to the finals of the men's 10,000-meter after clocking a time of 30:01.12 to finish sixth in the first round of the event. Green stayed consistent through the race to secure a trip to Eugene. This is the fourth-consecutive year the Hoyas have had a student-athlete in the finals and the fifth time in six years going back to 2010.
"I'm excited," Green said of making his first NCAA Outdoor Championships. "I've been working toward this all year with Coach Bonsey and Coach Henner. I'm stoked to head out to Eugene again."
The Hoyas put an impressive four student-athletes in the women's 800-meter quarterfinals, slated for Friday at 7 p.m. ET. All-American Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) recorded the fastest prelim time for the Blue & Gray, timing in at 2:05.77 for second place in her heat. Also qualifying automatically with a top-three finish in their heats were Heather Martin (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) and All-American Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) with respective times of 2:06.15 (3rd, heat three) and 2:06.80 (3rd, heat four). Completing the foursome is Emma Keenan (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy), whose time of 2:06.26 was enough to qualify on time.
All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) made it look easy as he glided to the finish, surging through the field over the last 40 meters to handily win the first of six preliminary heats in the men's 800-meter run, clocking 1:48.16. Also advancing to the 800-meter quarterfinals was All-American Billy Ledder (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga) who timed in at 1:48.67, finishing fourth in heat five. The duo will compete in the quarterfinals on Friday at 7:15 p.m. ET.
All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) handily qualified the women's 1,500-meter quarterfinals as she clocked 4:21.74 to finish third in the second heat of the four-heat preliminary round. All Coogan needed was to finish among the top five in her heat to ensure her spot in Saturday's quarterfinal round. Tucked in the field for the first couple of laps, Coogan came off the last turn before the bell and moved to the front of the pack. With a strong kick over the last 400 meters, Coogan comfortably cruised through the finish.
All-American Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) looked in racing form as he outkicked the field in the second heat of the men's 1,500-meter preliminary round. Bile clocked 3:45.23 to win the race handily, positioning himself for the final lap and weaving a solid stride through the finish. Also advancing to Saturday's quarterfinal from that heat was All-American Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./Saint Louis Country Day) with a time of 3:45.54, the fastest of the time qualifiers.
All-American Cole Williams (San Francisco, Calif./Occidental College) was in the last and slowest 1,500-meter heat of the preliminary round. As the field closed on 400 meters, it became an all-out sprint for the top-five automatic qualifying spots as no one would qualify on time from the final heat. Williams crossed the finish with a time of 4:00.48 to earn a spot in Saturday's quarterfinal.
Competition will resume tomorrow at Hodges Stadium for the second day of the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Preliminary.