TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- For the second-consecutive season, the Georgetown University men's cross country team put a student-athlete in the top 10 of the individual race as newly-minted All-American Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) finished 10th overall at the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Carpenter's performance led the 20th-ranked Hoyas to a 21st place finish at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind.
"Scott Carpenter stole the show today," Head Men's Cross Country Coach Brandon Bonsey said. "He has developed from a guy who few schools recruited out of high school into one of the best distance runners in Georgetown history. He saw what Jon Green did last year and knew he could do the same thing. He's a very confident guy and knew exactly what he was capable of."
Georgetown Men's Cross Country: 21st of 31; 534 points (8 / 46 / 134 / 171 / 175)
For the fifth-straight race this season, Carpenter was the low stick for the Hoyas, executing his race plan perfectly. The senior clocked 30:03.0 over the 10-kilometer course to finish 10th overall, scoring eight points for the Hoyas. Carpenter is the 11th GU runner in program history to finish among the top 10 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Combined with Jonathan Green's (Berlin, Mass./Saint John's High School) fifth-place performance from 2015, it is the first time the Blue & Gray has recorded back-to-back top-10 placements since the 1964 and 1965 seasons.
The race went out slow from the beginning with a big pack forming through the first five kilometers.
"I was ready for it to be so congested," Carpenter said of the race. "I knew that when a move was going to be made, it was going to be decisive and quick. I thought I was going to hang back a little bit and try to pick some guys off at the end. I was happy with how the race played out and how I was able to hold my composure when the race got tough."
Fellow Hoya Michael Clevenger (Decatur, Ill./Douglas MacArthur/Notre Dame) turned in the second of a pair of finishes among the top 100. Clocking 30:36.0, Clevenger finished 60th overall for 46 points. The remaining three point scorers had a spread just north of 30 seconds, tallying 134, 171 and 175 points.
"I thought Michael Clevenger ran a really tough team race as well," Bonsey added. "Things weren't going perfectly but he gutted out a great effort. As a team, it's been a tough season. We ran without three All-Americans. I'm proud of what this group has accomplished in the face of adversity and I'm very much looking forward to the track seasons."
Northern Arizona won the championship with 108 points, followed by Syracuse (123), Stanford (150), Colorado (221), Mississippi (233), BYU (249), Arkansas (255), Oregon (278), Iona (282) and Wisconsin (284) for the top 10. With 542 points, Georgetown finished 21st overall and was the top of two BIG EAST schools in the mix as Providence placed 27th with 538 points.
Men's Individual Results: Pl. Name, Time (Points) [LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course 10K]
10. Scott Carpenter, 30:03.0 (8)
60. Michael Clevenger, 30:36.0 (46)
164. Christian Alvarado, 31:19.8 (134)
204. Michael Lederhouse, 31:44.2 (171)
211. Jack Van Scoter, 31:50.3 (175)
239. Matthew Bouthillette, 32:47.7 (only top five score points)
244. Spencer Brown, 32:56.2 (only top five score points)
The 2016 men's cross country campaign has seen the Hoyas ranked among the top 30 for the entirety of the season. With an ever-changing lineup, Georgetown managed to successfully defend both its BIG EAST and NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region titles from 2015. For the second-consecutive year a Hoya was named an All-American as Carpenter logged the requisite top-40 finisher to earn the accolade.
Carpenter continued an impressive calendar year as he found much success during the 2016 outdoor track season, advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA championships in the steeplechase.
"I have definitely been a lot more confident this year," Carpenter said of the impact of the 2016 outdoor track season on the 2016 cross country season. "It's not necessarily that I'm so much better physically. It's more so mental and believing in myself and knowing that I can finish well."
With Jonathan Green finishing fifth in 2015 and Scott Carpenter placing 10th in 2016, it is the first time since the 1964 and 1965 seasons that the Hoyas have posted back-to-back performances among the top 10 at the NCAA Championship meet. Joe Lynch put up an eighth-place showing in 1964 and Eamon O'Reilly was the national runner-up in 1965.
Scott Carpenter becomes the 11th Hoya in program history to turn in a top-10 performance at the NCAA Championships. He is the fourth to finish in 10th place, while the Blue & Gray have tallied one NCAA champion (Charlie Capozzoli, 1952), a pair of runner-up performances (1964, 1968), a duo of fifth-place finishes (2000, 2015) and a couple of eighth-place performances (1964, 2008).