WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men’s cross country team defended its BIG EAST cross country title from a season ago on Friday morning as four Hoyas finished among the top 10 at the eight-kilometer course at historic Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Totaling 33 points to match their 2015 output, the Blue & Gray captured its eighth men’s team title in conference history and the first back-to-back GU crowns since the 1986 and 1987 campaigns.
“Both the men’s and women’s teams ran great team races today,” Interim Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Julie Culley said. “The men were the story of the day with Scott Carpenter’s second-place finish leading the men to a team title.”
The Hoya men, tabbed No. 23 nationally by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), eclipsed the nine-team field by more than 30 points as second-place Providence tallied 65. The women’s team finished third among the 10 teams with 68 points, behind No. 4 Providence (36) and No. 22 Villanova (49).
Georgetown Men’s Cross Country: 1st of 9; 33 points (2 / 5 / 6 / 9 / 11)
With Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) providing the low stick with his runner-up performance, the Hoyas coasted to the title as a quartet of competitors finished among the top 10 with the final point scorer finishing 11th. Carpenter, a track & field All-American in the steeplechase and a two-time BIG EAST Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week this season, continued his success as he finished 10 seconds behind Villanova’s Patrick Tiernan, the first athlete in BIG EAST history to win four individual cross country titles.
“I thought the men executed the race plan perfectly,” Head Men’s Cross Country Coach Brandon Bonsey said. “We wanted to be really patient and have a big group in the top 15 and that’s exactly what we did. Scott Carpenter led us like he has all year and did a great job. Michael Clevenger and Michael Lederhouse had great bounce back performances after tough ones last time out. Our two freshmen did a great job as well.”
All seven of GU’s competitors earned All-BIG EAST honors for finishing among the top 20. The Hoya men were the only team on either the men’s or women’s side to pick up all-conference accolades across the board.
“All of the training has been geared toward these last three weeks of the season,” Bonsey continued. “I think today showed that we are in a great place. It feels great to defend our title and I’m really proud of this group of men.”
Georgetown received the BIG EAST Staff of the Year award for the second-consecutive year.
No. 23 Georgetown paced the field with 33 points, followed by Providence (65), Butler (69), Villanova (83), Marquette (137), DePaul (196), Creighton (200), Xavier (215) and Seton Hall (266).
Men’s Individual Results: Pl. Name, Time (Points) [Van Cortlandt Park; 8K]
2. Scott Carpenter, 24:28.7 (2)
5. Amos Bartelsmeyer, 24:45.1 (5)
6. Michael Clevenger, 24:98.2 (6)
9. Michael Lederhouse, 24:59.7 (9)
11. Christian Alvarado, 25:05.9 (11)
12. Jack Van Scoter, 25:09.1 (only top five score points)
16. Matthew Bouthillette, 25:17.7 (only top five score points)
Georgetown Women’s Cross Country: 3rd of 10; 68 points (10 / 11 / 12 / 14 / 21)
The Georgetown women were led by Kennedy Weisner (St. Marys, Pa./Elk County Catholic) and her 10th-place showing, improving upon her performance from 2015 by 17 spots. The seventh GU finisher last season, the junior emerged as the leader on a team that boasted the shortest time spread among point scorers with 32 seconds separating Weisner, Autumn Eastman (Hinesburg, Vt./Champlain Valley Union), Josette Norris (Tenafly, N.J./Tenafly), Paige Hofstad (New Braunfels, Texas/New Braunfels) and Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant). Providence was the only other squad to record a spread of less than one minute, coming in at 52 seconds.
“The women’s team ran as well as we could have hope in this field,” Culley said. “Providence and Villanova are really solid right now we got in the mix with them, which was our goal. The Hoyas rebounded after a tough race at Wisconsin to run a really solid team race. As has been the case all season, our top five shifted again and today was Kennedy Weisner’s day. We are really excited about our momentum heading into regionals in two weeks.”
The Hoyas continue their streak of podium finishes at the BIG EAST Championships to seven years, having placed among the top three each year since 2010 and capturing the team titles in 2012 and 2014.
Weisner, Eastman, Norris and Hofstad each earned All-BIG EAST accolades with top-20 finishes. Only the Friars (6) and Wildcats (5) tallied more honorees.
No. 4 Providence led the way with 36 points, followed by No. 22 Villanova (49), Georgetown (68), Butler (93), Marquette (138), Xavier (161), Creighton (207), St. John’s (217), DePaul (235) and Seton Hall (296).
Women’s Individual Results: Pl. Name, Time (Points) [Van Cortlandt Park; 6K]
10. Kennedy Weisner, 21:33.9 (10)
11. Autumn Eastman, 21:45.2 (11)
12. Josette Norris, 21:49.5 (12)
14. Paige Hofstad, 21:52.4 (14)
21. Piper Donaghu, 22:05.0 (21)
25. Margie Cullen, 22:20.1 (only top five score points)
39. Haley Pierce, 23:08.5 (only top five score points)
The Hoyas return to action on Friday, November 11 as both teams will compete at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships, hosted by Penn State in State College, Pa.
• The Georgetown men captured the eighth BIG EAST men’s cross country title in program history.
• With back-to-back team crowns, the men repeat as conference champions for just the second time in program history, having previously achieved the feat during the 1986 and 1987 campaigns.
• The BIG EAST Championships returned to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx for the first time since the 2012 season. Of GU’s eight BIG EAST men’s cross country team titles, four have been won at the historic venue.
• Georgetown was the recipient of the BIG EAST Men’s Staff of the Year award for the second-consecutive year. It is the third-straight year Georgetown has collected the staff of the year accolade on either the men’s or women’s side and the fourth time in five years.