Feb. 25, 2015
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University track & field All-Americans Ryan Manahan (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) and Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) earned a pair of weekly BIG EAST Conference honors, as announced by the league office in New York on Tuesday. The duo earn the distinction after both setting new school records at the Penn State Tune-Up on Saturday, held at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track in State College, Pa.
Manahan, a sophomore, earned the male track athlete of the week distinction following a first-place finish in the men's 800-meter run, setting a new school record with a time of 1:47.34. He bests the previous record by six-hundredths of a second. At this point in the season, Manahan has the eighth-best time in the conference. This is Manahan's second honor of the season with the first coming on January 13, and the third of his career as he previously earned the award during the 2014 season.
Southerland, in just her second year on the Hilltop, was named the league's female track athlete of the week after she set a new school record in the women's 800-meter run, clocking 2:03.89. Southerland set the record just one day shy of the previous best's 18th anniversary, surpassing Miesha Marzell's mark from 1997 by six-hundredths of a second. Southerland's time currently ranks fourth among collegiate times this season.
The Hoya women are currently ranked No. 10 in the country by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), while the men are ranked No. 20.
Georgetown opens the championship portion of the season this Saturday and Sunday, February 28-March 1 at the BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships, held at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the historic Armory in New York City.