June 10, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. - The Georgetown University track & field team had a stellar day behind the performance of All-American Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. The championships, in its entirety, are being broadcast live on the ESPN family of networks.
"I couldn't be happier for Darren," Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Michael Smith said. "He's worked so hard with Coach Bonsey and it really shows that in a season where others may have received more accolades along the way, he really stuck to his process and showed up when it really counts at a national meet like this.
"He ran an incredibly patient and smart race. He really came through for us in a big way today. We haven't had someone score points at the NCAA outdoors in a few years and it shows how mature he has become as a competitor, to wait for the right moment to make his move."
Broadcast Information (all times Eastern)
Saturday, June 11: 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. (ESPN); 2:30 p.m.-9 p.m. (ESPN3)
It was a day for redemption for Fahy, who finished fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, turning in the best performance from a Hoya in the event since 1981. In 2015, Fahy finished 11th in the steeplechase finals, falling short of his expectations. The turnaround helped the California native earn First Team All-America accolades for the first time in his career.
"Everyone ran fast in the prelim and I think everyone was tired -- and the wind today made it hard to run fast," Fahy explained following the race. "I was proud of how I hung in there and stayed tough even with the fast pace early on. Obviously I was pretty motivated from last year because I didn't do quite as well as I had hoped. To come out here and have a good race, I'm really happy with it."
The quick pace at the start pushed Fahy toward the back of the pack, but as the field started to stretch thin, Fahy continued to move up, securing a spot in the middle of the chase pack as Michigan's Mason Ferlic, the leader from the beginning, started to pick up the pace.
As a chase pack was established, Fahy was the leader of the second pack, sitting in sixth place. Over the final 400 meters, Fahy continued to close on Florida State's Zak Seddon and clipped him at the line as he turned in the third-fastest split over the final lap (1:04.73) to clock 8:36.73, good enough for fifth place and four points for the Hoyas, who finish the meet tied for 58th, the best finish since the 2010 season.
Saturday on the Track (all times Eastern)
8:25 p.m. - Women's 5,000-Meter Finals (Coogan)
Darren Fahy turns in the third-best performance from a GU runner in the steeplechase in program history. His fifth-place performance is the best finish for a Hoya since 1981 when John Gregorek finished second. Joe Lucas is the lone Hoya to win the event as he captured the title in 1972.
This is Fahy's first time being named a First Team All-American, an honor that goes to any athlete who finishes among the top eight in their respective event.