Nov. 12, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown cross country program had a standout day in Princess Anne, Md., as the Hoyas swept the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships winning the men's title outright while the women shared the team title with fellow BIG EAST institution Villanova. Both the men's and women's teams earn automatic bids to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday, November 21 at Indiana State University.
The men took the Mid-Atlantic Region title for the seventh time in eight years with the only absence coming in 2010. The men were led by graduate student Alex Lundy (Littleton, Colo./Heriitage/Maryland) as he finished third overall in the 10,000-meter race with a time of 30:40.2. Mark Dennin (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyerstown) followed up for the Hoyas in sixth place timing in at 30:44.0. Dennin was the first in a trio of GU athletes as he led Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) in seventh place (30:45.1) and T.C. Lumbar (Edina, Minn./Edina) in eighth (30:46.3). Bobby Peavey rounded out the Hoya scorers with at 23rd-place finish timing in at 31:09.1.
Georgetown won the men's 25-team field with 47 points followed by fellow BIG EAST institution Villanova (63), Princeton (90), Penn State (117) with Navy (142) rounding out the top five. Georgetown led five BIG EAST teams with Wildcatss finishing second and Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Seton Hall all making appearances, finshing 18th, 21st and 25th, respectively.
"The guys ran great today," Men's Cross Country Coach Mike Banks said. "The plan today was to have them sit back behind other teams and become the hunters over the final 3,000 meters. Our men executed the plan perfectly and still ended up running as a team at the finish.
"I'm really proud of the race progress the men's team has made throughout the course of the season. Today's performance will be a huge confidence boost going into nationals."
On the women's side, seven-time All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) led the way with her second-place finish behind Villanova's Sheila Reid. Infeld timed in at 21:34.0 over the amended 6,000-meter course. A re-route in the course forced the field to run approximately an extra 465 meters over the race. The re-route occurred at the 3,000-meter mark.
All-American Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield0 finished ninth in the race with a time of 22:01.4 as the Hoyas kept all of their scorers in the top 20. Graduate student Claire Richardson (St. Paul, Minn./The Blake School/Harvard) clocked in at 22:12.6 for 14th place followed by freshman Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) in 15th place (22:15.6) with Kirsten Kasper (Andover, Mass./North Andover) running 22:17.1 to complete the scorers.
"Everyone ran together well," Head Women's Cross Country Coach Chris Miltenberg said. "It was a big step forward. With all the hiccups this team endured in September and October, we knew we could be great in November if we just continued to believe in ourselves. All three freshman ran fantastic and we had Emily Infeld back in her usual form.
Regarding the additional 465 meters added due to the course re-route, Miltenberg commented, "I don't think it made a huge difference. It was good to see how our team responds to changes and I think we kept our composure and that was good for us. We continued to race as a team through all the obstacles - and that was our strength today."
Georgetown shares the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional title - the first region title for the women's team during Miltenberg's tenure - with 2010 National Team Champion Villanova Wildcats. Both teams scored 57 points in the 29-team field followed by West Virginia (64), Penn State (90) and Princeton (124). Georgetown and Villanova tied for first out of six BIG EAST institutions followed by the Mountaineers in third and Rutgers (15th), Pittsburgh (26th) and Seton Hall (27th).
The Hoyas will return to action on Monday, November 21 at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.