Hoya Women Take Fourth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, Men Finish 17th

John Murray (Photo Credit: Justin Casterline)

Nov. 22, 2014

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Georgetown University women's cross country team finished fourth today at the 2014 NCAA Championships, held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind. The women's fourth-place finish was led by three All-America performances in Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy), Samantha Nadel (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) and Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton). The women were fourth with 189 points behind Michigan State (85), Iowa State (147) and New Mexico (188) with Arkansas rounding out the top five with 209 points. The men finished 17th overall with 444 points on a rainy, muddy day in Terre Haute.

"This team worked really hard all season and I don't think one race can take away from that," Head Women's Cross Country Coach Michael Smith said. "After a race like this, you always want to look back and see if there was anything more you could have done to prepare the team. We finished fourth today and we can hold our heads high because we know we are one of the best teams in the country."

Coogan led the way with the strongest NCAA cross country performance of her career with a 16th-place showing (20:20.1, 12 pts) followed by fellow All-Americans Nadel (37th, 20:41.0, 28 pts) and Keklak (40th, 20:44.3, 29 pts).

The point scorers were rounded out by Haley Pierce (Wilmington, Del./Tatnall School) with a 57th-place showing, clocking 20:58.3 over the 6,000-meter course followed by All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) with a time of 21:13.7, tallying 81 points for the Hoyas.

The men's team finished 17th in the 31-team field of elite competition with 444 points. John Murray (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) was the first Hoya to cross the finish line with a time of 31:25.5 over the 10,000-meter course, tallying 70 points for the Blue & Gray. Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) and Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John's High School) followed that up with respective times of 31:30.3 (81 pts) and 31:34.7 (86 pts). Running in his final year of eligibility, Brian King (Sonoma, Calif./Cardinal Newman) was the fourth point scorer with a time of 31:37.9 (90 pts) with Ryan Gil (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) rounding out the scorers, clocking 31:52.9 (117 pts).

The Hoyas are now focused on the indoor season with the women opening with the National Invitational Meet on December 3 while the men open with the Navy Invitational on December 6, both in Annapolis, Md.



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