WASHINGTON - Coming off a cross country season that saw him earn All-America status in the sport, Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) opened the 2016-17 indoor season with a new personal record (PR) in the men’s 5,000-meter run at the IU Hoosier Open on Friday night. Competing at Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington, the Hoya made a splash in the Hoosier State once again, finishing fourth in the event.
“It’s always nice to run a PR in any event,” Carpenter said. “I particularly like running the 5K because I think it’s a very competitive and challenging event, but I am a bit disappointed I didn’t run faster. I wanted to run a time that would qualify for the indoor national meet but unfortunately I came up short of that.”
Carpenter ran 14:00.16 to finish fourth overall. His time was more than six seconds faster than his outdoor best in the event and a 21-second improvement from his fastest indoor mark from a season ago.
He ranks third in the nation and tops the BIG EAST Conference in the event. He also owns the 10th-fastest time in Georgetown program history, and his time is the only one that appears among the top 10 that was ran during December, the earliest part of the season.
“It does show that I’m in the best position I’ve ever been in going into the indoor season, though,” Carpenter continued. “I am really looking forward to getting another shot at qualifying in January and February.”
Carpenter transitioned seamlessly from the cross country season where he finished 10th at the national meet, earning eight points for the Hoyas en route to a 20th-place team finish at the NCAA championships.
“The transition from cross country to track is something I always look forward to,” Carpenter said of the shift to the track. “I really enjoy cross country but by the time national comes around, I’m always eager to get started on the track season. I knew I was in really good shape but it’s always hard to tell how cross country fitness translates to track times.”
The Blue & Gray will take the remainder of the year off before returning to competition on Saturday, January 14 when both squads travel to State College, Pa., for the Nittany Lion Challenge, hosted by Penn State.
Men’s 5,000-Meter Run
4. Scott Carpenter, 14:00.16
• Scott Carpenter’s time of 14:00.16 ranks 10th on Georgetown’s all-time indoor 5,000-meter leaderboard.
• Joining the likes of former GU All-Americans John Trautmann, Steve Holman and Peter Sherry, Carpenter and teammate Jonathan Green are the only current Hoyas to appear among the top 10 with Green owning the sixth-fastest time in program history (13:52.36), a time he recorded during the 2015-16 indoor season.
• Carpenter’s time is the only one among the top 10 that occurred during the month of December and is therefore the fastest 5,000-meter time ran during the month of December in program history. The only other time among the top 50 to occur in December is former Hoya Bobby Peavey’s 14:23.30 from the 2012-13 season.