Feb. 19, 2013
WASHINGTON - As the Georgetown track & field program traveled to the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, for the BIG EAST Track & Field Championships where All-American Chelsea Cox and Deseree King walked away as individual conference championships, other news was happening in the Georgetown track & field world. The biggest highlight came from familiar stomping grounds for the Hoyas as former Hoya All-American Andrew Bumbalough competed at the 106th Millrose Games, held at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory, a facility that has many times hosted the BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Bumbalough PRs at Millrose Games
Bumbalough, now a professional runner for Nike, competed in one of the most competitive fields of the two mile at the 106th Millrose Games last weekend held at the Armory. The biggest story leading into the weekend was Bernard Lagat's attempt at getting the American record back, a record he lost one year ago to Galen Rupp.
After the bunny exited the race, providing a good pace for the field, Lagat found himself in the lead with a chase pack featuring Bumbalough behind. Bumbalough was comfortably in fourth but started to make his move over the last 600 meters. Now in his third year as a professional, Bumbalough found his stride, moving comfortably on the shoulder of teammate Evan Jager with 400 to go. On the back straightaway Bumbalough went on the outside to take over second place easily from Jager and would chase Lagat for a PR of 8:13.02 to finish second. Lagat, also with Nike, ran 8:09.49, besting Rupp's American record set the year prior and achieving his goal. Of the nine runners to finish, the top six all compete for Nike with Cam Levins finishing third, followed by Evan Jager, Will Leer and Leonard Korir.
Ben Furcht Awarded BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Award
Furcht, a mathematics major from Ardmore, Pa., on the track & field and cross country teams on the Hilltop, represented Georgetown on the BIG EAST Conference's list of 2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete Awards. Thirty student-athletes (one male one female from each of the BIG EAST's 15 member institutions) are named as winners of the American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships.
Track & Field Remembers Charlie Cappazzoli
The Georgetown track & field community suffered a great loss on January 14, 2013 with the news that Charlie Cappazzoli passed away. Cappazzoli was a cross country All-American for the Hoyas, winning the national championships in 1952 with a time of 19:36.70, a four-mile race at the time. His national championship was one of 14 individual national championships on the men's side and the only cross country individual national championship on the men's and women's side combined. A 1953 graduate, Cappazzoli has been inducted into the Georgetown Hall of Fame and will be remembered as one of the most successful athletes in the storied history of the Georgetown cross country and track & field program.