Oct. 19, 2013
WASHINGTON - The No. 5 Georgetown women's cross country team won the Pre-National meet today, hosted by Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind. The course is a preview of the NCAA Championship course and also happens to be the familiar confines for the Hoyas as they won the 2011 National Championship on this same course. The 24th-ranked men traveled to Madison, Wis., for the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, finished 26th at the meet with an abbreviated roster without some of GU's top performers of the season.
"Today was a great day for the Hoyas," Head Women's Cross Country Coach Michael Smith said. "Top to bottom, everyone did their job today. As a team, we said before the meet, if you don't have a great day, you're going to have a good day and that really happened."
The friendly confines of the wide course in Terre Haute were the same place the Hoya women won the 2011 NCAA Championship. Georgetown won the field of 49 with 117 points, topping the likes of No. 2 Florida State (162), new BIG EAST foe No. 20 Butler (176), No. 16 Virginia (191), No. 6 Oregon (214), No. 14 Michigan (219), No.12 Colorado (223), No. 21 William & Mary (248), No. 11 Stanford (275) and No. 23 Princeton (421) for the top 10.
"After some tough performances in the heat at Paul Short, we had some student-athletes really rebound in today's race," Smith added. "Katrina Coogan ran like we knew she could and Madeline Chambers really came on strong today. And we had another race where Samantha Nadel was our top finisher so she's been doing a great job at being consistent."
Nadel (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) was the top Hoya finisher with a 14th-place finish over the 6,000-meter race with a time of 20:29.56. Nadel led a quintet of Hoyas in the top 35 to win the event, showcasing the depth of this Blue & Gray squad.
All-American Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) finished tied for 17th with a time of 20:33.95. All-American Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) and Haley Pierce (Wilmington, Del./Tatnall School) finished the race together as Chambers finished 26th (20:46.93) while Pierce finished 27th (20:47.21). The final point scorer for the Hoyas was All-American Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) who placed 32nd with a time of 20:51.16.
Georgetown bested the field of three BIG EAST schools with 20th-ranked Butler finishing third and No. 18 Villanova finishing 16th.
The No. 24 men's cross country team traveled to Madison, Wis., for the Wisconsin adidas Invitational that boasted some of the best competition in collegiate cross country. Though the men had All-American Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) on the roster, the Hoyas were without Brian King (Sonoma, Calif./Cardinal Newman) who had previously picked up a BIG EAST Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week honor and had been one of the top two finishers in GU's first two races.
The men finished 26th in the field of 35 teams. Though the team did a good job at pack running with less than a minute spread between the top finisher and the final finisher, the Hoyas needed a standout performance in the front pack to propel them to a top spot.
Springer was the top finisher, finishing 54th with a time of 24:02 followed by Collin Leibold (Falls Church, Va./Gonzaga) in 78th (24:14).
The Hoyas relied on a trio of runners in third, fourth and fifth place for the remaining points with Dylan Sorensen (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) finishing 137th with a time of 24:34, John Murray (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) finishing 154th (24:40) and Bobby Peavey (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) finishing 181st (24:52).
The men finished the day with 604 points. The top 10 was led by No. 3 Northern Arizona with 121 points followed by No. 5 BYU (174), No. 7 Portland (216), No. 20 Wisconsin (217), No. 25 New Mexico (251), No. 8 Columbia (261), No. 6 Arkansas (265), No. 11 Syracuse (306), Michigan (323) and No. 16 Eastern Kentucky (332). The field was stacked with teams ranked in the top 30.
The Hoyas will continue the season at the BIG EAST Championships in Somers, Wis., on Saturday, November 2.