Nov. 17, 2012
WASHINGTON - Both the men's and women's cross country teams returned to the E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., today for the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. The championships transitioned from the Monday before Thanksgiving to the Saturday before the holiday for the first time since World War II. Today is the earliest date the championships have ever been held. The women placed 12th with381 points while the men finished 25th in the field with 534 points.
"Today was a solid performance," Head Women's Cross Country Coach Mike Smith said. "I think we're better than how we finished, but I was really proud that if it wasn't going to be a perfect day, it was going to be a good day."
As the story has unfolded all season, the Hoya women executed a pack running strategy that ensured the top-15 finish for the Blue & Gray. Leading the charge for GU was All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) who finished 64th overall, picking up 46 points for her team, with a time of 20:29.4. The junior who is in her second season of competition in cross country paced a 5:30 mile and a 3:25 kilometer.
Sophomore Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) finished 72nd in the field, the second Hoya to cross the finish line - she was fifth on the team a year ago in her first season. Coogan timed in at 20:35.5 over the six kilometer race, pacing a 5:32 mile and 3:26 kilometer. Kirsten Kasper, in her final year of eligibility in cross country, finished 121st overall, picking up 90 points for the Hoyas. She timed in at 20:55.1 pacing a 5:37 mile and 3:30 kilometer.
Competing in her first NCAA championships, freshman Samantha Nadel (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) picked up 96 points for the Hoyas, finishing 126th overall with a time of 20:58.0. The true freshman paced a 5:38 mile and 3:30 kilometer. She was among the top 10 of those competing in their first year of cross country, and the eighth overall of those who were part of a team entered in the championships.
The final point scorer for the Blue & Gray was All-American Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield) who finished 132nd overall, picking up 99 points. The senior timed in at 21:01.3 pacing a 5:39 mile and 3:31 kilometer.
The alternates for Georgetown were All-American Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) and Annamarie Maag (Lake Oswego, Ore./Jesuit Prep). Schneider finished 138th overall with a time of 21:02.7 (5:39 mile/3:31 kilometer) while Maag timed in at 21:05.0 (5:40 mile/3:31 kilometer).
The Hoya women, including alternates, finished within 37 seconds of one another and the spread was 32 seconds over the point scorers - showcasing the depth of the young Hoya squad.
"We didn't quite get position like we would have wanted early in the race. It's a really flat fast course, so if you don't end up getting where you want to be, that makes a huge difference," Smith explained.
The women's field of 31 teams was led by Oregon (114) followed by the BIG EAST Conference's Providence (183), Stanford (198), Florida State (202), Michigan (247), Arizona (263), Duke (300), BE institution Connecticut (304), Washington (334), New Mexico (341), Iowa State (350), Georgetown (381), Cornell (385), Penn State (387), BE school Notre Dame (394), Michigan State (422), Weber State (428), Arkansas (449), Boston College (462), BIG EAST institution Villanova (475), William & Mary (481), Minnesota (500), Florida (518), Colorado (519(, Texas (526), Oklahoma State (565), Vanderbilt (611), Toledo (613), Butler (636), Georgia (642) and Harvard (676).
The top finisher for the men was Andrew Springer (Westerly, R.I./Westerly) who finished 63rd overall to pick up 46 points for the Hoyas. Springer timed in at 30:27.4 over the 10 kilometer race, pacing a 4:54 mile and 3:03 kilometer. Finishing second for the Hoyas was All-American Mark Dennin (Gilberstville, Pa./Boyertown) who finished with a time of 30:58.9 to pick up 102 points (130th place overall). The All-American paced a 5:00 mile and 3:06 kilometer.
Seconds behind Dennin, Miles Schoedler (Ocean View, N.J./Ocean View) finished 139th overall with a time of 31:02.9 (111 points). Schoedler paced a 5:00 mile and 3:07 kilometer. Ayalew Taye (Portland, Maine/Cushing Academy) ran 31:13.5 to finish 162nd overall for 132 points. In one of the few races he has appeared in this season, Taye paced a 5:02 mile and 3:08 kilometer.
Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon), a true freshman, finished the 10-kilometer race with a time of 31:21.3 for 173d place overall and picking up 143 points for the team. The freshman paced a 5:03 mile and 3:09 kilometer.
Ben Furcht (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) and John Murray (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) were the alternates for Georgetown. Furcht ran 31:34.5 (5:05 mile/3:10 kilometer) while Murray timed in at 32:55.8 (5:18 mile/3:18 kilometer).
The men's field was led by Oklahoma State (72), Wisconsin (135), Colorado (158), Northern Arizona (191), Florida State (238), BYU (245), Tulsa (247), Oklahoma (262), Texas (291), Arkansas (327), Princeton (358), Portland (365), UCLA (376), Virginia (382), BIG EAST champion Syracuse (406), Stanford (408), Columbia (439), Indiana (456), Georgia (466), Oregon (472), New Mexico (473), Virginia Tech (516), Michigan (518), Eastern Kentucky (522), Georgetown (534), NC State (550), BIG EAST institution Villanova (587), BE school Notre Dame (590), Iona (626) Duke (725) and Michigan State (755).
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