Feb. 3, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University track & field All-Americans Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton) and Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) were named the BIG EAST Conference Men’s and Women’s Track Athletes of the Week, respectively, on Wednesday afternoon. The honor comes after the Hoyas competed at the Penn State National Invitational, a two-day meet that includes some of the best competition the country has to offer.
Keklak earns the honor after leading off the women’s distance medley relay (DMR) to a new school record on Friday night. Splitting 3:20.0 over the opening leg of the DMR, the second-fastest 1,200-meter split in GU history, Keklak and the relay team clocked 10:54.77 for the new GU best. The time is also the ninth-fastest DMR all-time collegiately and the second-fastest time of the season. She followed that up with an indoor personal record (PR) on Saturday as she ran 2:04.38 in the women’s 800-meter invitational, the third-fastest 800m time of the season. Both her 800m time and the DMR currently lead the BIG EAST.
This is Keklak’s first BIG EAST weekly track honor of her career.
White earns the weekly nod following his performance over the weekend where he set a new indoor PR in the men’s 800-meter invitational, clocking 1:47.44, a time that leads the BIG EAST Conference by nearly three seconds and is the eighth-fastest in the country. The night prior, White ran the 400-meter leg of the men’s DMR that put up the third-fastest time in program history (9:29.78). It is also the third-fastest DMR this season.
This is White’s second conference honor of the season and the third of his career.
The Hoyas return to competition on Friday and Saturday, February 6-7, as they split sites between the BU Scarlet and White Invite in Boston, Mass., and the Villanova Open at Ocean Breeze in Staten Island, N.Y.
• Joe White’s 800m time (1:47.44) is just one-tenth of a second off the school record. It is also the fastest 800m run by a Hoya in the month of January, besting former Hoya and NCAA 800m outdoor champion Bryan Woodward’s time of 1:48.14 (1/27/96).
• Andrea Keklak’s 800m time (2:04.38) is the fastest 800m run by a Hoya in the month of January, the next fastest time coming from former Hoya and Under Armour athlete Rachel Schneider, who ran 2:06.73 (1/28/12).
• The top three men’s DMR times in program history all come from the last three seasons with Amos Bartelsmeyer competing on all three squads, leading off on the second- and third-fastest times and running anchor on the school record team.