Jan. 4, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University cross country standout Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John’s High School) continues to build upon his success from the fall season where he finished fifth at the 2015 NCAA Championships. The junior All-American was selected by USA Track & Field (USATF) as one of nine athletes to represent Team USA at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge, an 8,000-meter event held this Saturday, January 9.
“This is a great opportunity for Jon Green to represent Team USA at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country Run,” Men’s Distance Coach Brandon Bonsey said. “Getting to toe the line against arguably the greatest distance runner ever in Mo Farah is pretty special. I believe that Jon is someone who can have a long professional running career and the biggest track meets in the world take place in Europe. This is a great opportunity for Jon to learn what it's like to travel overseas and compete in an international competition. This race is all about setting Jon up for his future running career.”
The selection comes after a stellar NCAA season that saw Green finish fifth overall at nationals, leading the Hoyas to a 10th-place showing. Green became just the 10th Hoya in program history to turn in a top-10 performance with his time of 29:49.5 over the 10,000-meter course. It was the best individual performance since 2000 when Franklyn Sanchez finished fifth. His performance propelled the Hoyas to a 10th-place finish, the best team finish since 2008 when the Blue & Gray finished 10th. It was the 10th time in program history that the Hoyas finished among the top 10 as a team with the first instance coming in 1964 (6th) and the most recent in 2008 (10th).
Of the nine-person roster representing Team USA that includes Garrett Heath, Scott Fauble, Kirubel Erassa, Alex Monroe, Joe Moore, Ryan Dohner and Mark Parrish, Green is the lone collegiate runner. The remaining eight are all competing post collegiately, some with the likes of Brooks (Heath), the Atlanta Track Club (Erassa) and Northern Arizona Elite (Fauble, Dohner). Green just completed his second year of eligibility in cross country.
This is not Green’s first stint with Team USA as he represented the United States at the 2014 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Track & Field Championships, held at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., following his freshman year on the Hilltop. Green was one of two athletes representing Team USA in the finals of the men’s 10,000-meter run in July of 2014, clocking 31:15.69.