Jan. 6, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University indoor track & field program is starting off the 2016 portion of the indoor season on a positive note as both the men’s and women’s team appear among the top 25 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason rankings. The Georgetown men and women are the lone representatives from the BIG EAST Conference to appear in their respective National Team Computer Rankings.
The Georgetown women are tabbed preseason No. 10 according to the rankings that include high marks from the 2014-15 season. The system highlights the strength and depth of abilities in the GU women’s squad, citing performances from All-Americans Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) and Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) in the 800-meter run, All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) in the mile and the 3,000-meter run and All-American Samantha Nadel (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) in the mile, 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs. GU’s distance medley relay (DMR) performance was also considered for the rankings, an event that the Hoyas have finished among the top eight at NCAAs since 2009. The Hoyas return three of the four athletes to compete in the event at the 2015 NCAA Championship.
The men’s team is ranked No. 22 in the preseason based on 2015 performances from All-Americans Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) and Cole Williams (San Francisco, Calif./Occidental College) in the 800-meter run as well as a trio of sub-four milers in All-Americans Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Calif./Annandale) and Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./Saint Louis Country Day) as well as Michael Lederhouse (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West). Bartelsmeyer and Bile also had strong performances in the 3,000-meter run while All-American Jonathan Green’s (Berlin, Mass./St. John’s High School) 5,000-meter time also attributed to the Blue & Gray’s ranking. The men’s DMR returns three of the four to compete at NCAAs in 2015.
The women’s team will return to competition on January 9, 2016 with the Father Diamond Invitational, hosted by George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and both teams will compete at the Penn State Nittany Lion Challenge on Saturday, January 16 in State College, Pa.