Feb. 9, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University track & field All-Americans Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) and Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) were named the BIG EAST Conference Men’s and Women’s Track Athletes of the Week, respectively, on Tuesday. The honor comes after the Hoya women moved up to No. 8 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) weekly computer rankings.
Bile earns the honor following the fourth sub-four mile of his career. Running three sub-four miles during the 2015 indoor season, Bile led a quartet of Hoyas to sub-four miles on Saturday at the BU Scarlet and White Invite. This is the second-consecutive year the Hoyas have had four under four in a race – this time the quartet all falling under 3:59. His time tops the BIG EAST Conference and is the sixth-fastest collegiate mile this season. Bile now owns the second-fastest time in program history. Georgetown is the only school with four milers under four minutes so far this season. Last year, the Hoyas shared that honor with only the Oregon University Ducks.
This is the first BIG EAST weekly award for Bile.
Southerland picks up the accolade following a nation-leading performance in the women’s 800-meter run where she ran 2:03.10 to break her own school record in the event. Southerland’s time is one of only two times to break 2:05 from the BIG EAST Conference and she is one of just five student-athletes to break 2:05 in the event in Georgetown’s illustrious history.
This is Southerland’s third overall honor of her career from the BIG EAST Conference, previously earning the nod to open this season (Dec. 8) and during the 2015 indoor campaign (Feb. 25).
The Hoyas return to action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13, with another weekend of travel as GU will split sites between the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, the Spire Invitational in Geneva, Ohio and the BU Valentine Invitational in Boston, Mass.
• Sabrina Southerland’s 2:03.10 in the women’s 800m leads the nation and breaks the previous record of 2:03.89, also owned by Southerland.
• The women’s 800m is the third school record broken since Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Michael Smith took over the program.
• Of the top 10 women’s 800m athletes in program history, six have worked directly with Michael Smith (Southerland, Andrea Keklak, Becca DeLoache, Emma Keenan, Piper Donaghu, Chelsea Cox).
• Ahmed Bile’s 3:57.84 mile is the second-best time in GU history, only behind John Gregorek’s 3:57.36, also set at Boston University, in 1982. This is Bile’s fourth sub-four mile, a feat not accomplished by any other GU runner.
• Georgetown is the only school in the country to record four sub-four miles thus far. So far during the 2015-16 campaign, only Oregon and Syracuse have the honor of multiple sub-four milers, both tallying a pair.