Jan. 19, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown track & field All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) was named the BIG EAST Men’s Track Athlete of the Week on Monday following his performance at the Nittany Lion Challenge, held at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track on Saturday. His performance is one of five from the nationally-ranked GU track & field programs with the women tabbed preseason No. 10 and the men ranked preseason No. 22.
White finished third in the 1,000-meter run on Saturday with a conference-leading time of 2:23.24. He led teammate Spencer Brown (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) to the second-best time in the league as he finished just on the sophomore’s shoulder, clocking 2:23.27.
This is White’s first conference weekly honor of the season and the second of his career as he earned the outdoor accolade on April 15, 2015.
White’s was one of five GU performances to top the BIG EAST Conference ascending list following the weekend’s meets. Joining White was All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton) who set a new school record in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:42.76. Keklak led a quartet of current and former Hoyas among the top six, including the previous record holder Rachel Schneider, who now competes professionally for Under Armour.
Kennedy Weisner (St. Mary’s, Pa./Elk County Catholic) owns the best time in the league in the women’s 3,000-meter run with her event-winning time of 9:30.20. Her time ranks fifth nationally in the event.
John Murray (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) and Audrey Belf (Birmingham, Mich./Earnest W. Seaholm) both take top honors in the conference in the mile, men’s and women’s respectively. His time of 4:08.67 was good enough for third place at the meet and ranks 27th in the country while her time of 4:46.26 helped her to second-place showing and ranks ninth in the nation.
The nationally-ranked Georgetown track & field program will return to the same track in two weeks for the Penn State National Invitational, held January 29-30.