March 10, 2016
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Georgetown University track & field program arrived in Birmingham, Ala., for the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, a two-day meet that will be broadcast live on ESPN3. The No. 11 women are entered in four events, while the No. 23 men will also compete in four.
All-American Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) enters the 800-meter prelims with the second-fastest time in the field with her 2:03.10 that she ran at the Villanova Open. This is Southerland’s third appearance in this event at the NCAA Championships, previously competing in 2015 and 2014.
All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton) will compete in the mile prelims, a new event at nationals for the graduate student. She enters the meet with the third-fastest mile recorded this season as she clocked 4:33.24 at the BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational. Keklak had a breakout performance in 2014 when she finished fourth in the 800-meter finals.
All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) will compete in the 3,000-meter run for the fourth-straight year. Coogan’s only 3,000-meter performance of the season came at the BIG EAST Championships where she won the event handily, clocking 9:07.44, for her first individual conference indoor title – one of three event titles for the senior that weekend. At the NCAA meet, Coogan has bettered her 3,000-meter performance from the previous year in each outing (2013 - 7th, 2014 - 5th, 2015 - 4th).
Georgetown enters the DMR with the second-fastest time in the country and one of only two schools to break 11 minutes in the event. The Hoyas set a school record of 10:54.77 when they ran the then-nation’s fastest DMR. That was one of four records broken during Director of Track & Field Michael Smith’s first year at helm of the program. The Hoyas have a rich history in the DMR, earning All-America honors 19 times since 1994.
Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) comes into the 3,000-meter finals for the first time in his career, previously competing in the mile finals in 2015. In 2015, Bile ran his third sub-four mile of the season to qualify for the finals of the event at the NCAA championships. This year, Bile tallied his fourth sub-four mile on the Hilltop.
A pair of Hoyas will compete in the mile with All-Americans Cole Williams (San Francisco, Calif./Occidental College) and Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./Saint Louis Country Day) both entered in the second of a two-heat prelim. The duo are part of the 2016 iteration of Georgetown’s four sub-four milers with Bartelsmeyer also a part of the 2015 slew of sub fours. This will be the first time for both athletes to compete in an individual event at indoor nationals as the duo previously competed as part of GU’s DMR.
All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) enters the 800-meter prelims with another year of experience under his belt after competing in the prelims in 2015. He ran an indoor personal record (PR) 1:47.44 to qualify for the championships, just four-hundredths of a second off his outdoor PR.
Georgetown’s depth is showcased in the DMR as the Hoyas are the only team in the country to have recorded two times among the fastest 12 in the country this season, owning the eighth- and 11th-fastest, with only two consistent members on each foursome in White and Bile. The men have had a recent resurgence in the event, earning All-America honors in the DMR the last two years - finishing 10th in 2014 and fourth in 2015.
ESPN3 will provide a live stream of the event starting at 6:25 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 11 and at 4:55 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 12. A re-air of the championship will take place on Sunday, March 13 starting at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and also Wednesday, March 23 starting at 10 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
• The highest finish for the Georgetown men at the NCAA indoor championships is a second-place showing in 1991.
• The best finish for the GU women at the NCAA indoor championships is when they tied for third in 1998 and 1980.
• The men will compete in four events (800m, mile, 3,000m, DMR) and the program has previously earned national titles in all four events. Rich Kenah won the 800m in 1992, Mike Stahr won the mile in 1987, Kevin King won the 3,000m in 1985 and the foursome of John Pedati, Pat McCabe, King and John Gregorek won the DMR in 1982.
• Of the four events the women will compete in (800m, mile, 3,000m, DMR) the Hoyas have recorded national titles in two events. Joline Staeheli, 2016 Georgetown Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, won the mile in 1996. The quartet of Lisa Roder, Carron Allen, Katrina de Boer and Autumn Fogg won the DMR in 1999, just two years after the foursome of Maxine Clark, Ayana Wright, Amy Ross and Miesha Marzell won the DMR in 1997.
• The Hoya women have made the podium (top 8) in the DMR for seven-consecutive years (since 2009) and only missed the podium three times (2008, 2006, 1995) since their first podium performance in 1994, a second-place performance from Clarke, Batanya Poole, Marzell and Mindy Schneider.