June 11, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. - All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) capped a stellar career on the Hilltop as she competed in the 5,000-meter finals on Saturday afternoon on the first sunny day of the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. The four-day meet is the culmination of a long track & field season, inviting the most elite collegiate competition to the famed track with 12,947 boisterous fans in attendance.
“Katrina has bled blue and gray for five years at Georgetown,” Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Michael Smith said. “She’s been on a national championship cross country team, anchored a national championship DMR squad, anchored a Penn Relays DMR team and she’s a school record holder. She is one of the most decorated athletes in our program’s history and I’m so thankful for her contribution to this team. Her presence will no doubt be missed.”
Coogan competed in a field of 24 of the best distance runners in the country, lining up next to the likes of Arkansas’ Dominique Scott, who pulled off the distance double this year, winning the 10,000- and 5,000-meter titles.
A race that was tactical from the beginning as some runners had competed in the 10,000-meter finals on Thursday, the pack stayed tightly knit through the first half before it started to thin out. Coogan turned in the fastest split (1:14.53) at 2,600 meters to move up in position as the race became more linear.
As the pace picked up, Coogan found herself in a chase pack that she was managing through 3,200 meters. With four laps to go, Columbia’s Natalie Tanner passed her.
Coogan clocked 16:39.66 over the 12.5-lap race to finish 20th overall.
Coogan will end her career on the Hilltop as one of the most decorated Hoyas in program history. Following Monday’s All-America announcement from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), Coogan will be an 11-time All-American. She was part of the 2011 NCAA Cross Country National Championship team and anchored the 2016 NCAA Championship distance medley relay (DMR) squad as well as the 2016 Penn Relays DMR team. She is an eight-time BIG EAST champion, having won events in all three seasons. She holds the school record in the outdoor mile and as part of the indoor DMR squad.
In the classroom, she was a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American in 2015 and was an All-District honoree in 2015 and 2016. She is a four-time member of the USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic Team and a three-time member of the USTFCCCA Track & Field All-Academic Team.
USTFCCCA All-America Criteria
The top eight finishers from each event are named First Team All-Americans while second team recognition goes to those who finish ninth through 16th. Honorable mention accolades will go to all other competitors who made it to the final site of the NCAA Championships. The USTFCCCA will announce All-Americans on Monday, June 13.