WASHINGTON - Georgetown University track & field All-Americans Emma Keenan (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy) and Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) were named the BIG EAST Conference Women’s and Men’s Track Athletes of the Week, respectively, on Wednesday afternoon out of the league office in New York City. The dual honors come after the Hoyas competed at the Nittany Lion Challenge, held at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track on the campus of Penn State, on Saturday afternoon.
Keenan won the 1,000-meter run, clocking 2:46.38, and currently owns the fastest time in the conference. She also contributed as the 800-meter third leg on the winning distance medley relay (DMR) squad that crossed the finish line at 11:32.38. Georgetown’s DMR is the fastest in the nation to date this season.
White won the men’s 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:21.96, the league best in the event thus far. He outpaced PSU’s Isaiah Harris on his home track en route to the win and a new PR in the event.
This is Keenan’s first conference weekly honor of her career. It is White’s fourth overall honor – with three dished out during his indoor career and one from the outdoor season – and first of the season.
The Hoyas return to the track on Friday, January 20 as they compete at the Gotham Cup in Staten Island.
• Joe White’s time of 2:21.96 ranks seventh all-time in program history and is more than a one-second improvement upon his 2016 best.
• With three weekly indoor honors from the BIG EAST Conference to his credit, White holds the program record for career weekly indoor weekly accolades. His combined accolades across all three seasons are four, also a program best. Current Hoya Sabrina Southerland mirrors White’s honors, sharing both records.
• When Emma Keenan clocked 2:46.38 in the 1,000-meter run, she moved into 11th place in the GU record books in the event.
• The Hoyas have tallied 23 total indoor honors since the conference started dishing out weekly accolades during the 2011-12 season.
• Georgetown notched a program-best eight distinctions during the 2015-16 season with five going to the women and three for the men. GU recorded six honors (3 men’s / 3 women’s) in 2014-15, a pair (1 men’s / 1 women’s) in 2012-13 and a trio (2 women’s / 1 men’s) of accolades in 2011-12.