Sept. 26, 2014 WASHINGTON - The Georgetown cross country program raced at historic Franklin Park in Jamaica Plain, Mass., today in the 2014 Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, hosted by Boston College. The fifth-ranked women's team took second place with 77 points behind No. 1 Michigan (55) and ahead of No. 14 Syracuse (134), No. 17 Boston College (192) and Dartmouth (207) to round out the top five. The men placed fourth with 103 points behind No. 1 Oregon (24), No. 8 Syracuse (52), No. 16 Providence (79) and ahead of Dartmouth (142) for the top five.
On the women's side, All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) was the first to cross the finish line for the Hoyas with a time of 17:07.0 in the 5,000-meter race. All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton), a half-miler by trade, tallied 11 points for the Hoyas as she finished with a time of 17:18.0. Kelsey Smith (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy), All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) and Autumn Eastman (Hinesburg, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) were the final point scorers for the Hoyas with respective times of 17:28.0 (18th), 17:34.0 (21st) and 17:39.0 (23rd).
"I think we did a nice job today," Head Women's Cross Country Coach Michael Smith said. "We were 20 points behind the best team in the country and we didn't run two of our top runners. Today, we looked good - not great, but good. I'm excited to see what happens when we have all the pieces in place and everything comes together."
Also competing in a stacked field, the men's team was led by John Murray (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury), who timed in at 24:44.0 over the 8,000-meter race for 11th place. Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) was right there with him with a matching time for 12th place while All-American Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) finished 18th overall with a time of 24:50.0. Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./St. John's High School), who just represented the United States this summer at the World Junior Track & Field Championships, was the fourth point scorer for the Hoyas as he clocked 24:59.0 (28th) while All-American Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) was not far behind with a time of 25:12.0, good enough for 39th place and the final point scorer for the Hoyas.
"I thought John Murray and Scott Carpenter did a great job," Men's Distance Coach Brandon Bonsey said. "I see a lot of positives in where we are today, but I also know that this team has a lot of work to do. Today, I would have been really happy to see a pack together with John and Scott. These guys train together and are capable of doing that. Once they figure that part out, I think we'll start to see our full potential."
Georgetown return to action on Friday, October 3 at the Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.