March 12, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University track & field program will compete at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, held at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. The two-day meet will be broadcast live on ESPN 3, starting at 7 p.m. ET both days. A tape delay of the championship will air Monday, March 23 starting at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
The men's program qualified three individual athletes as well as a distance medley relay (DMR) squad, while the women sent four individual and a DMR team.
The women's DMR enters the championship with the best time recorded in the country thus far (10:57.71) and is one of three teams to run faster than 11 minutes. The foursome of All-American Hannah Neczypor (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton), All-American Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo), freshman Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) and All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) ran the time on January 30 at the Penn State National Invitational.
Southerland, who just two weeks ago won the women's 1,000-meter run at the BIG EAST Championships, qualified as an individual athlete in the women's 800-meter run and will compete in the preliminary round on Saturday, a two-heat prelim. Joining Southerland will be Becca DeLoache (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park), most recently coming off a BIG EAST Conference win in the women's 500-meter dash.
All-American Ryan Manahan (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) and Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) are running in the men's 800-meter two-heat prelim. Manahan is in the midst of a standout season that has seen him run a sub-four mile, set a new school record (800m; 1:47.34) and win two titles at the BIG EAST Championship, White, a freshman, was also a two-time champion (1,000m; 4x400m) at the BIG EAST Championships and is competing at his first NCAA Championships.
The first event on the track featuring the Hoyas will be Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) competing in a stacked men's mile field. Bile was one of four Hoyas to run a sub-four mile this season and is the only student-athlete in GU's rich history to run two sub-four miles in the same season.
The Blue & Gray enters the DMR finals with the third-best time in the country (9:28.22), set by Cole Williams (San Francisco, Calif./Occidental College), White, Manahan and All-American Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./Saint Louis Country Day) on January 30 at the Penn State National Invitational.
A pair of Hoyas in Coogan and All-American Samantha Nadel (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) will compete in the women's 3,000-meter finals, slated for 9 p.m. ET on Saturday. Coogan has competed in the 3,000-meter finals the last two years, finishing seventh in 2013 and fifth in 2014.
Schedule of Events - Friday(Broadcast: ESPN3)
7:15 p.m. ET - Men's Mile Prelims (Ahmed Bile)
8:45 p.m. ET - Women's 800m Prelims (Sabrina Southerland, Becca DeLoache)
8:55 p.m. ET - Men's 800m Prelims (Ryan Manahan, Joe White)
10:05 p.m. ET - Women's Distance Medley Relay Finals
10:20 p.m. ET - Men's Distance Medley Relay Finals