WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's cross country team repeated as the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region champions, defending its title from 2015 behind a quartet of top 20 finishes at the Blue and White Golf Course in State College, Pa., on Friday afternoon. The Hoyas tallied 66 points en route to their 12th regional title since the inception of the event in 1997. The win earns the men's team an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday, November 19. The women's squad placed fifth overall with 141 points.
"The men ran fantastic today," Interim Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Julie Culley said. "The men have had injuries throughout the season that have changed the top five a couple times. To have a different top five today and still be the No. 1 team in the region is such an impressive accomplishment. It is a testament to their depth and the training program that Coach Bonsey has put together."
The Georgetown men, tabbed No. 22 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), won back-to-back crowns for the first time since the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Georgetown leads all teams in the Mid-Atlantic region with 12 titles in 20 years.
Georgetown Men's Cross Country: 1st of 21; 66 points (2 / 7 / 11 / 16 / 30)
As it has been all season, Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) was the low stick for the Hoyas, turning in a runner-up performance to lead the Hoyas to the championship as four of the five point scorers finished among the top 20. Carpenter, a track & field All-American in the steeplechase, finished 10 seconds behind Villanova's Patrick Tiernan, matching their performances from two weeks ago at the BIG EAST Championships.
"I'm very proud of the men for winning the regional meet again," Head Men's Cross Country Coach Brandon Bonsey said. "We've dealt with more adversity this season than I ever could have imagined and through it all this group has stayed focused. Scott Carpenter continued to be an amazing leader finishing second individually. I feel that he's in a position to run with the very best athletes in the NCAA. Now we have to get recovered in the next week and get ready to give great effort at the NCAA meet."
While Carpenter has consistently been the leader on the team, the depth of the Blue & Gray has been an incredible strength for the team. The top five has changed with each competition and in this particular meet, Jack Van Scoter (Pasadena, Calif./Flintridge Prep), a freshman competing in his first collegiate 10-kilometer cross country race, was the fifth point scorer for the Hoyas as he clocked 31:28.
A quartet of Hoyas were named all-region following the meet in Carpenter, Michael Clevenger (Decatur, Ill./Douglas MacArthur/Notre Dame), Christian Alvarado (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) and Michael Lederhouse (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West). A student-athlete must finish among the top 25 to earn the accolade.
No. 22 Georgetown paced the field with 66 points, followed by Navy (74), Princeton (97), No. 28 Penn (111), host Penn State (190), Bucknell (193), Duquesne (197), Villanova (203), Saint Joseph's (261) and Rutgers (285) for the top 10.
Men's Individual Results: Pl. Name, Time (Points) [Blue and White GC; 10K]
2. Scott Carpenter, 30:43 (2)
7. Michael Clevenger, 30:59 (7)
11. Christian Alvarado, 31:06 (11)
16. Michael Lederhouse, 31:13 (16)
30. Jack Van Scoter, 31:28 (30)
35. Matthew Bouthillette, 31:34 (only top five score points)
46. Michael Crozier, 31:43 (only top five score points)
Georgetown Women's Cross Country: 5th of 28; 141 points (15 / 24 / 26 / 30 / 46)
The Georgetown women's team continued to show their pack-running prowess as they recorded a mere 47-second spread among the five point scorers. Of the top 10 teams in the field, GU nabbed the second-smallest spread with Princeton's eighth-place team showcasing a 37-second spread. The parity among the women's team has been evident all season as no one student-athlete has consistently been the low stick for the Hoyas. On Friday afternoon, it was freshman Paige Hofstad (New Braunfels, Texas/New Braunfels) who crossed the line first for the Blue & Gray, clocking 21:05 over the six-kilometer course.
"They really ran hard today," Culley said after the race. "We have talented personnel on this team and what we've asked them to do in two months is what professionals are given a year to do with adjusting to a new training plan. In the long run, this will all be for the best, but I know this team wants to get back to putting up the results that show we are not only among the best in our region, but the country -- and I know we will get back there."
Hofstad and Josette Norris (Tenafly, N.J./Tenafly/North Carolina) earned all-region honors for their top-25 finishes, as announced by the USTFCCCA on Friday night.
Host No. 9 Penn State won the regional meet with 36 points, followed by No. 21 Villanova (93), No. 24 Penn (99), No. 27 West Virginia (112), Georgetown (141), Bucknell (174), Pittsburgh (185), Princeton (198), Maryland (266) and Duquesne (287) for the top 10.
Women's Individual Results: Pl. Name, Time (Points) [Blue and White GC; 6K]
15. Paige Hofstad, 21:05 (15)
24. Josette Norris, 21:17 (24)
26. Autumn Eastman, 21:20 (26)
30. Kennedy Weisner, 21:30 (30)
46. Margie Cullen, 21:51 (46)
74. Piper Donaghu, 22:15 (only top five score points)
83. Haley Pierce, 22:22 (only top five score points)
The Hoyas return to action on Saturday, November 19 as the men earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Georgetown men captured the 12th NCAA Mid-Atlantic region title in program history and the first back-to-back crowns for the Hoyas since the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The Blue & Gray previously won the regional meet in 2015, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2000 and 1999.
With 12 regional championships, the Hoya men have more titles than any other institution in the Mid-Atlantic region. Villanova tallies five titles while Princeton owns three crowns.