WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's cross country team became the second team in BIG EAST Conference history to complete a three-peat at the men's cross country championships. Led by All-American Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John's School), who claimed the individual title, the GU men's cross country team captured its ninth BIG EAST crown by a 14-point margin over the field. The Georgetown women finished third overall in the 10-team field at the Wayne Dennehl National Course in Kenosha, Wis.
Georgetown Men's Recap (1st of 9, 40 points)
Green's individual title was the first for the Hoyas since 2008 when Andrew Bumbalough took the victory. Green led a trio of Hoyas among the top 10 and all five GU point scorers were among the top 16. Green paced the field with a time of 24:27.6 over the 8-kilometer course while teammates Reilly Bloomer (Eugene, Ore./South Eugene) and Nick Wareham (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) finished fourth (24:50.8) and seventh (25:00.6), respectively, to earn All-BIG EAST First Team honors. Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./Saint Louis Country Day) earned second team honors. The Georgetown men's staff, led by Head Men's Cross Country Coach Brandon Bonsey, was named the BIG EAST Men's Coaching Staff of the Year.
"I'm very happy that we were able to get our third-straight BIG EAST title," Bonsey said. "Winning these is always fun. Jon Green ran a very controlled race to get the win. He looked comfortable throughout and I'm excited for what he can do not only this season but also on the track. We got huge races out of Reilly Bloomer and Nick Wareham. They stepped up big time. Nick ran a very patient race and moved up well after 5K. Now we need to get recovered and give our best effort at the regional meet in two weeks. We were able to win while resting Spencer Brown so that was a huge bonus for us. Every year the goal is to be at our very best for the last three meets of the season and we checked one of those boxes today."
The Georgetown men's cross country team clinched the elusive BIG EAST three-peat, a feat only accomplished previously by Providence men's cross country twice (1990-92, 1979-1982). The team win was the ninth title in program history. Green is just the fifth athlete in program history to win the individual crown and it is the seventh time a Hoya has won the race.
1. Jonathan Green, 24:27.6
4. Reilly Bloomer, 24:50.8
7. Nick Wareham, 25:00.6
12. Jack Van Scoter, 25:06.9
16. Nick Golebiowski, 25:17.1
20. Amos Bartelsmeyer, 25:27.9
24. Charles Cooper, 25:40.1
Georgetown (40), Butler (54), Villanova (57), Providence (94), Marquette (129), DePaul (157), Creighton (241), Xavier (242), Seton Hall (243)
Georgetown Women (3rd of 10, 63 points)
The women were led by Josette Norris (Tenafly, N.J./Tenafly/North Carolina), who turned in a top-10 performance as she finished ninth (20:52.6) over the 6-kilometer course. The remaining point scorers had a mere 5.3-second spread as a pack of Hoyas crossed the finish line to finish 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th. The top seven Hoyas earned All-BIG EAST honors with Norris claiming first team accolades while Kennedy Weisner (St. Marys, Pa./Elk County Catholic), Martha MacDonald (Toronto, Ontario/Havergal College), Autumn Eastman (Hinesburg, Vt./Champlain Valley Union), Meredith Rizzo (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville/Yale), Margie Cullen (Needham, Mass./Needham) and Madeline Perez (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) all earned a spot on the second team.
"The women ran a very solid race today in a very difficult field, " Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Julie Culley said. "We had five women in the top 15 and still finished third overall. The top three teams in the BIG EAST are extremely good this season. Today was a great momentum builder for us heading into the Mid-Atlantic regional meet and we look forward to having our best team race ahead of us."
9. Josette Norris, 20:52.6
12. Kennedy Weisner, 20:59.2
13. Martha MacDonald, 20:59.5
14. Autumn Eastman, 21:04.9
15. Meredith Rizzo, 21:05.5
16. Margie Cullen, 21:05.6
19. Madeline Perez, 21:10.4
Villanova (39), Providence (46), Georgetown (63), Marquette (132), Xavier (136), Creighton (139), Butler (186), Seton Hall (155), DePaul (273), St. John's (279)
The Hoyas return to action on Friday, Nov. 10, when both squads travel to Bethlehem, Pa., for the 2017 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Championships.