EUGENE, Ore. - Following the first day of the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the Georgetown University track & field team is off to a great start with all three Hoyas advancing to their respective finals. The four-day championship, held at historic Hayward Field and hosted by the University of Oregon, is split into two days of competition each for the men and women with men’s events continuing on Friday, June 9, while the women are slated for competition on Thursday, June 8 and Saturday, June 10. The entirety of the championships will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.
Broadcast Information (all times Eastern)
Thursday, June 8 – 7:30-11 p.m. (ESPN2/WatchESPN)
Friday, June 9 – 8:30-11 p.m. (ESPN/WatchESPN)
Saturday, June 10 – 6:30-9 p.m. (ESPN/WatchESPN)
“Making the finals at NCAAs is one of the hardest feats in track & field,” Director of Track & Field Julie Culley said after today’s events. “The men went 3-for-3 with Scott, Darren and Joe making the finals of the steeplechase and 800m, respectively. Darren and Scott advanced with ease and should be contending for team scoring position on Friday. Advancing from Joe’s heat was a tall order and he managed to get through on time. Jon ran a tough race and competed really well. They have great momentum heading into Friday.”
The first event of the day for the Hoyas was the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase semifinals, a two-heat event with 12 advancing to Friday’s final. All-American Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) competed in the first heat, staying among the automatic qualifiers for the entirety of the race. Coming off the famed Bowerman Curve, the field pushed forward and the top five all pushed through the finish line, spreading up the track as need be through the finish with just one-tenth of a second separating the top five.
In the second semifinal, All-American Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) looked comfortable as he is no stranger to this track, having competed in this meet the two previous years as well as the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials – all held at Hayward Field. Fahy waited until five laps remained before moving into position to clinch an automatic bid to the finals. As the runners shifted into another gear, Fahy handily stepped up his pace and coasted to second place, recording a season-best 8:41.31. Georgetown is the only institution with a pair of athletes in the men’s steeplechase finals.
The men’s 800-meter semifinal was a stacked field and All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) competed in the fastest of a three-heat semi. After a slow first 400 meters, White closed in 52.98 over the final 400 meters to finish fourth and clinch the last time qualifier. It is White’s first appearance in the outdoor 800-meter final.
In his third-straight appearance in the men’s 10,000-meter finals, All-American Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John’s School) clocked 29:41.73 to finish 18th overall in the 25-lap affair. Green was smart in his approach, conserving energy when he needed to, while also making moves to position himself among the top 10 at one point.
Men’s 800-Meter Semifinals
7. Joe White, 1:47.05 (H3:4th) [advanced to finals]
Men’s 10,000-Meter Finals
18. Jonathan Green, 29:41.73
Thursday on the Track (all times Eastern)
9:14 p.m. – Women’s 800-Meter Semifinals (Emma Keenan: H1 of 3)
Saturday on the Track (all times Eastern)
7:44 p.m. – Women’s 800-Meter Finals (TBD)