Nov. 13, 2015
WASHINGTON - The nationally-ranked Georgetown cross country programs both earned a berth to the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships, held Saturday, November 21 in Louisville, Ky. The men’s team, tabbed No. 15 in the country by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), won the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional, the 11th regional title in program history. The No. 14 women’s team finished second at the Mid-Atlantic Regional behind No. 10 Penn State. For the 10th time in the last 11 years, the men’s and women’s programs both earned a berth to the NCAA Championships.
“I’m really proud of not only what our teams did, but how we did it,” Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Michael Smith said. “The races were indicative of the traits that both these teams carry – they went in and did what they were supposed to and both teams are really running for each other and for Georgetown.”
Georgetown Men’s Cross Country: 1st, 44 points (2 / 7 / 8 / 10 / 17)
Implementing a 42-second spread, the No. 15 Georgetown men’s cross country team won the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional, tallying 44 points. Behind the low stick of Jonathan Green’s (Berlin, Mass./Saint John’s High School) second-place showing (30:41.6), the Hoyas captured the 11th regional title in program history and the ninth in the last 12 years.
“The men executed their race plan perfectly today,” Men’s Distance Coach Brandon Bonsey said. “The pace was really slow through four miles and everyone was still there. Once it broke up our guys latched on to the right groups and finished strong.
“Jonathan Green once again led us but I was especially proud of Mike Lederhouse and Amos Bartelsmeyer. They stepped up today in a big way. I was happy that the men did so well even while we rested All-American Ahmed Bile. He will be back in the lineup in Louisville. The goal was to simply punch our ticket to NCAAs and run a good team race but the win is always nice.”
While Green and Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) are distance specialists and are comfortable with the races moving up to 10,000 meters (from 8,000m earlier in the season), GU’s finish was reliant on its middle distance specialists to step up to the challenge.
“For runners like Lederhouse and Amos to step up like that is tremendous,” Smith added after the race. “They didn’t flinch, that’s just good team running. On race day, they are 10k runners and that’s indicative of our training at Georgetown and their dedication to this team.”
No. 15 Georgetown won the title with 44 points in the 25-team field followed by No. 23 Penn (60), No. 22 Villanova (67), Princeton (102), Penn State (111), Navy (144), Saint Joseph’s (226), La Salle (307), UMBC (308) and Bucknell (322) for the top 10.
Men’s Individual Results - 10,000m: Pl. Name, Time (Points)
2. Jonathan Green, 30:41.6 (2)
7. Michael Lederhouse, 30:58.2 (7)
8. Amos Bartelsmeyer, 31:00.9 (8)
10. Scott Carpenter, 31:04.8 (10)
17. Christian Alvarado, 31:23.6 (17)
30. Connor Sheryak, 31:41.2 (only top five score points)
34. Darren Fahy, 31:44.0 (only top five score points)
Georgetown Women’s Cross Country: 2nd, 75 points (9 / 12 / 14 / 15 / 25)
With less than 24 seconds separating its first from its fifth point scorers, the No. 15 Georgetown women’s cross country team took second place with 75 points at the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional. Utilizing an effective pack running strategy, the Hoyas ensured their trip to Louisville, Ky., for the 2015 NCAA Championships, earning one of the two automatic qualifying spots from the region.
“I’m really proud of how we carried ourselves today,” Smith said. “The women are doing the best they absolutely can without having some of our athletes available currently. They have refused to let that be an excuse and they are getting the job done.
“A 24-second spread from 1-5 is exemplary of selfless running. This team is running for Georgetown and in a slow and tactical race, to move together as it speeds up, you can tell what they’re thinking out there and it’s really good to see.”
In the 30-team field, the No. 14 women finished second with 75 points behind No. 10 Penn State (60) and ahead of No. 23 Princeton (80), No. 26 Villanova (125), West Virginia (134), Penn (158), Pittsburgh (203), Bucknell (323), La Salle (328) and Navy (334) for the top 10.
Women’s Individual Results – 6,000m: Pl. Name, Time (Points)
9. Andrea Keklak, 21:13.5 (9)
12. Haley Pierce, 21:16.3 (12)
14. Kennedy Weisner, 21:18.3 (14)
15. Audrey Belf, 21:20.4 (15)
25. Autumn Eastman, 21:37.3 (25)
31. Heather Martin, 21:51.8 (only top five score points)
95. Piper Donaghu, 23:09.2 (only top five score points)
The Hoyas will return to competition on Saturday, November 21 when they return to the E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky., for the 2015 NCAA Championships. This will be the second time this season that both teams compete on the course as the men and women both ran at the 2015 NCAA Pre-National Meet in October.