Oct. 13, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown men's and women's cross country teams traveled to Louisville, Ky., for the 2012 NCAA Division I Pre-National Invitational, held today at the E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park hosted by the University of Louisville. The meet serves as a precursor to the 2012 NCAA Division I National Champions held in November. The Hoya women finished fourth among 39 teams while the men placed ninth in the 40-team field.
"It was a good step forward for the men after Paul Short," Men's Distance Coach Brandon Bonsey said. "We really saw Miles Schoedler and Darren Fahy step up today and we made a big improvement in the two weeks since Paul Short. All five of the guys who scored did a great job."
The men were led by All-American Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) who placed 36th with a time of 23:56.4 in the 8,000-meter course. Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) and Schoedler (Ocean View, N.J./Ocean City) finished 70th (24:14.0) and 71st (24:14.0), respectively. Max Darrah (South Yarmouth, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) turned in the fourth performance for the men with a time of 24:21.4, good enough for 86th place. The final Hoya point scorer was Ben Furcht (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) with a time of 24:22.6 (88th place).
The Hoyas improved from two weeks ago as a team with a score of 351 points, the second-best performance from a BIG EAST team behind Villanova, a mere 13 points ahead of the Blue & Gray with 338 points. Georgetown also chose to rest All-American Mark Dennin (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown) this week. Colorado won the team race with 72 points followed by BYU (127), Oregon (152), Florida State (275), Duke (287), Virginia Tech (288), Tulsa (292) and Florida in 10th with 369 points.
On the women's side, GU was fourth in the team competition with 163 points. Florida State led the field with 72 points followed by Oregon (87) and Michigan (141) for the top three. Texas finished fifth (184) followed by William & Mary (266), Colorado (273), Villanova (273), Florida (308) and UC Davis (320).
Annamarie Maag (Lake Oswego, Ore./Jesuit Prep) took the top spot for the Hoyas in the 6,000-meter race with a time of 20:32.2 for 22nd place. All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) finished 30th (20:43.1) followed by All-American Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) in 33rd (20:47.3), Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) in 38th (20:54.2) and Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) in 40th (20:54.6) as the final point scorer.
The Hoyas will take the next weekend off before heading to New York for the BIG EAST Championships on Friday, October 26.