Feb. 25, 2016
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The Georgetown University track & field team arrived in Staten Island on Thursday afternoon in advance of the 2016 BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships, presented by the Jeep Brand, held at the state-of-the-art Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex. Live coverage of the championships will be available on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Pat O'Keefe and Cayleigh Griffin calling the action.
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A trio of Hoyas look to defend their BIG EAST titles from the 2015 championships in All-Americans Cole Williams (San Francisco, Calif./Occidental College), Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) and Samantha Nadel (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore).
This will be Southerland's first championships outside her friendly confines of the Armory in New York City, considered to be the home track of the junior All-American. Never having lost a race at the Armory as she won the 2014 800-meter title and the 2015 1,000-meter crown, Southerland is poised for success as she attempts the repeat in the 1,000m. Earlier this year at Ocean Breeze, she ran the then-nation's best 2:03.10 in the women's 800-meter run.
Nadel will again compete in the 3,000-meter run, where she ran an NCAA-qualifying time to win the event in 2015. She will toe up next to teammates Audrey Belf (Birmingham, Mich./Earnest W. Seaholm), Madeline Perez (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) and All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) in the event. Coogan is still in search of her first individual BIG EAST indoor title. Belf, Perez and Autumn Eastman (Hinesburg, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) will compete in the 5,000-meter run.
Nadel captured two BIG EAST titles in 2015 as she ran lead off on the championship distance medley relay (DMR), an event where All-American Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) ran the 800-meter leg. The Hoyas have won the DMR for two-consecutive years with the 2014 title coming in impressive fashion, setting a then-school record, meet record and facility record at the Armory. Three members of the 2014 DMR championship squad are in New York to compete in this year's championship in Coogan, Emma Keenan (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy) and All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton).
Keenan, Donaghu and newly-minted BIG EAST Women's Track Athlete of the Week Heather Martin (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) will all compete in the women's 800-meter run, a stacked field. Last weekend, Martin and Keenan became the sixth and seventh Hoyas to break 2:05 in the 800m in program history.
Keklak will compete in the 500-meter dash, attempting to keep the event with the Blue & Gray as former Hoya and All-American Becca DeLoache won the event in 2015. GU has won the event two of the last three years as former Hoya and All-American Deseree King captured the title in 2013.
Jody-Ann Knight (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville) will pull double duty, competing in the 60- and 200-meter dash. Also competing in the sprints is Ebony McKeever (San Francisco, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral) who is entered in the 400-meter dash.
In the mile, the Hoyas will look to the youth of sophomores Kennedy Weisner (St. Mary's, Pa./Elk County Catholic) and Aleta Looker (Ellsworth, Maine/Ellsworth) as well as freshman Kayla Grahn (La Canada, Calif.).
Competing in the men's 1,000-meter run, Williams returns to the BIG EAST Championships with two indoor league titles under his belt. His 1,000m title in 2015 marked his first individual title and this year he will compete against teammates Spencer Brown (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) and Thomas Williams (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy College Prep/Arizona State).
A pair of BIG EAST champions in Bile and Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) will compete in the 800-meter run alongside Andrew Ogle (Powell, Tenn./Powell). Bile previously won the title in 2014 as well as anchoring the 4x800-meter squad and White, also an All-American, won the 2015 400-meter title and anchored the 2015 championship 4x400-meter relay squad.
Bartelsmeyer and Michael Lederhouse (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West), both repeat sub-four milers for the Hoyas, will line up again for the mile, an event with no preliminary heat.
In the sprints, All-American Devante Washington (Lafayette, La./Lafayette) will compete in the 60-meter dash while a pair of Hoyas in Ted Foster (Brielle, N.J./Andrews Osborne Academy [Ohio]/Oregon) and Nick Sullivan (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) will look to defend White's 2015 title in the 400-meter dash. Foster will also compete in the 200-meter dash.
In the 500-meter dash, an event the Blue & Gray captured in 2015, Georgetown will look to Daniel Anderson (Ozark, Mo./Ozark), Charles Cooper (Montreal, Canada/Lower Canada College) and Zach Zingsheim (Lansing, Mich./Lansing Catholic). Zingsheim and Anderson enter the race with the second- and fourth-fastest times in the league, respectively.
All-American Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John's) and Nick Golebiowski (St. Cloud, Minn./St. Cloud Cathedral) will both compete in the 5,000-meter run, the first track event to be scored. Green is coming off a cross country season that saw him become the 10th Hoya in program history to finish among the top 10 at the NCAA Championships.
In the 3,000-meter run, Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) and John Murray (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) will both compete. This is Carpenter's first appearance at the indoor conference championships while Murray is a veteran in the distance events, finishing seventh in this event in 2015.
In the field events, Kenneth Armstrong (San Dimas, Calif./Damien) will return to the BIG EAST Championships in the long jump where he finished fifth in 2015 with a mark of 6.67m, just shy of his PR in the event (6.69m).
The Georgetown men lead the BIG EAST in total team titles with 11 since the championships began in 1980, eclipsing second-place Villanova with five.
The GU men have totaled 106 event titles in 36 years of the championships with nine being the most titles garnered at one championship. The men twice totaled nine event titles (1999, 1990) and both times the men finished first at the championships.
Former Hoya and All-American Raymond Humphrey has the most BIG EAST men's indoor titles of any GU student-athlete in program history with seven.
The Georgetown women are second in the BIG EAST in total team titles with seven since the championships began in 1980, the most recent coming in 2012.
The GU women have totaled 62 event titles in 33 years of the championships with four being the most titles garnered at one championship. Three times the women have picked up four titles (2015, 2014, 2012).
Former Hoyas and All-Americans Maggie Infeld and Sasha Spencer have the most BIG EAST women's indoor titles of any GU student-athletes with five.