Nov. 21, 2015
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Georgetown University men’s cross country team finished 10th today at the 2015 NCAA Championships, held at the E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky. On a soft course in overcast conditions, Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John’s High School) wrote his name into the Georgetown record books as he became just the 10th Hoya in program history to turn in a top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships. Green’s performance led the men’s team to a 10th-place finish (352 points), the best team finish since 2008. The women finished 20th among the 31-team field with 491 points.
Georgetown is one of just 11 schools in the country to put both a men’s team and a women’s team among the top 20 at the 2015 NCAA Championships and the only BIG EAST Conference institution to do so. Joining the Hoyas with this accomplishment are Arkansas, Boise State, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Stanford, Syracuse and Washington.
“It’s an honor to be one of the 11 teams to get both teams in the top 20,” Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Michael Smith said. “It’s an honor to represent Georgetown at the national level. Through all of the challenges that each team has faced this season, I was proud of who was out there representing Georgetown and what they did. There were exciting aspects to the day and the places where we maybe fell short – well, that gives us something to work on for the future.”
Georgetown Men’s Cross Country: 10th, 352 points (4 / 37 / 82 / 103 / 126)
Green became just the 10th Hoya in program history to turn in a top-10 performance at the NCAA Championships as he finished fifth overall with a time of 29:49.5 over the 10,000-meter course. Green’s fifth-place showing is the best individual performance since 2000 when Franklyn Sanchez finished fifth.
“Today was a good step for the men,” Men’s Distance Coach Brandon Bonsey said. “We belong in the top 10 in the country year in and year out so this was a good building block for us. Jon Green had one of the best performances in Georgetown history. Darren Fahy also had a very solid day and narrowly missed earning All-America honors. We have some work to do but our entire top seven returns and I think we can be a great team next fall.”
Consistent with every meet leading up to this, the Hoya men relied on the low stick of Green and used effective team running for the remainder of the field. There was less than a one-minute spread from Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) as the second point scorer and Michael Lederhouse (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) as the fifth point scorer for the Hoyas with the pair of Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) and Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./Saint Louis Country Day) turning in strong performances in the middle.
Georgetown finished 10th with 352 points, the best team finish for the Hoyas since 2008 when the Blue & Gray finished 10th. Syracuse won the championships with 82 points, followed by Colorado (91), Stanford (151), Oregon (183), Iona (231), Arkansas (244), Louisville (331), Washington (345), Michigan (348) and Georgetown (352) for the top 10.
This is the 10th time in program history that the Hoyas have finished among the top 10 as a team, the first instance was a sixth-place showing in 1964 and the most recent was the 10th-place finish in 2008.
Men’s Individual Results - 10,000m: Pl. Name, Time (Points)
5. Jonathan Green, 29:49.5 (4)
49. Darren Fahy, 30:32.0 (37)
104. Ahmed Bile, 31:00.2 (82)
128. Amos Bartelsmeyer, 31:11.9 (103)
158. Michael Lederhouse, 31:30.7 (126)
180. Christian Alvarado, 31:42.9 (only top five score points)
238. Scott Carpenter, 33:00.4 (only top five score points)
Georgetown Women’s Cross Country: 20th, 491 points (41 / 73 / 97 / 124 / 156)
The Georgetown women used a relatively inexperienced squad to secure the 20th-place showing. With top finisher Haley Pierce (Wilmington, Del./Tatnall School) and returning cross country All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton) as the only two on the team to have experience with a meet at this level, the Hoyas relied on youth and gained much experience from today’s race.
“It was a solid performance from the women,” Smith explained. “We returned two of our athletes from 2014’s fourth-place team – and everyone else, we are asking to learn very quickly in one of the most extreme environments in our sport. It takes time and athletes have to go through experiences like today to learn this sport.”
In the 31-team field, the Georgetown women finished 20th overall with 491 points. New Mexico led the way with an astounding 49 points, 80 points ahead of second-place Colorado (129), followed by Oregon (214), BIG EAST institution Providence (231), NC State (264), Michigan (264), Oklahoma State (274), Notre Dame (276), Arkansas (276) and Washington (297) for the top 10. The Hoyas were second of the three BIG EAST schools competing as Villanova finished 30th (667).
Women’s Individual Results – 6,000m: Pl. Name, Time (Points)
61. Haley Pierce, 20:37.4 (41)
106. Audrey Belf, 20:52.6 (73)
131. Kennedy Weisner, 21:03.1 (97)
161. Andrea Keklak, 21:16.1 (124)
194. Piper Donaghu, 21:34.4 (156)
212. Heather Martin, 21:48.4 (only top five score points)
231. Autumn Eastman, 22:10.1 (only top five score points)
The Hoyas will open the indoor track & field season on Tuesday, Dec. 1 as the women’s team competes at the Navy Lid Lifter in Annapolis, Md.