Hoyas Ready for BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Collin Leibold

May 7, 2015

VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Georgetown University track & field team arrived in Villanova, Pa., on Thursday afternoon for the 2015 BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at the Jumbo Elliott Track at Villanova Stadium. The two-day meet will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, with live coverage available on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Pat O'Keefe and Caylegh Griffin calling the action.

Women's Preview
In the 1,500-meter run, the Hoyas will look to All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy), who currently owns the fastest time in the conference. Georgetown will send four other athletes in the event with Haley Pierce (Wilmington, Del./Tatnall School) running the sixth-fastest time in the league.

The women's 800-meter run is a loaded field with five Hoyas competing among the three-heat prelim. While four of the five have clocked times among the top 10 in the league, led by All-American Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant), the Hoya to really keep an eye on is two-time indoor champion in the 800-meter run, All-American Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo).

The women's 10,000-meter run is highlighted by Sarah Cotton (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) and All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat), both specializing in the 5,000-meter run this season and running out of their event. The duo owns the best and sixth-best time in the conference, respectively, in the 5,000-meter run.



The sprints have a fresh new lineup with Ebony McKeever (San Francisco, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral), just a sophomore in eligibility, competing in the women's 400-meter dash. She comes in with the 13th-fastest time in the league. In the 100- and 200-meter dash, Jody-Ann Knight (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville), a freshman, will compete for the Hoyas. Knight takes on two events that the Hoyas claimed in 2014.

Kundalini Nicholson-Walker (Hilo, Hawaii/Hilo), already honored as a BIG EAST Female Field Athlete of the Week earlier this season, owns the second-best mark in the women's long jump. She is competing in both the long jump and the women's triple jump.

The Georgetown women's team finished second at the 2014 BIG EAST Track & Field Outdoor Championships led by five event titles and the BIG EAST Women's Outstanding Track Performer Amanda Kimbers.

Men's Preview
The men's 3,000-meter steeplechase was a banner event for the Hoyas in 2014 with the Hoyas taking the top four spots. Despite the departure of 2014 champion Dylan Sorensen, 2015 is shaping up to be no different. The Hoyas come in with the top four times in the BIG EAST Conference.

Similar to the women's field, the men's 800-meter run is a stacked event. Of the five Hoyas entered in the race, four rank among the top 10 in the league including All-Americans Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) at the top spot and Billy Ledder (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga) at No. 2. Added to the mix is 2014 indoor and outdoor champion and All-American Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale).

History may be on the Blue & Gray's side in the men's 10,000-meter run as the Hoyas have won the event the last three years (2012, 2013, 2014). The Hoyas' current streak is the third time in program history that GU has managed three-consecutive titles in the 10,000-meter run as they won three from 1989-91 and four from 2003-06.

In the men's 5,000-meter run, Georgetown looks to Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John's High School) and Collin Leibold (Falls Church, Va./Gonzaga) who have clocked the second- and fourth-fastest times in the league, respectively.

The duo of All-Americans Cole Williams (San Francisco, Calif./Occidental College) and Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./Saint Louis Country Day), interchangeable bookends on distance relays, will both compete in the men's 1,500-meter run. Williams enters the event recording the third-fastest time in the league while Bartelsmeyer owns the eighth-fastest time.

Carter Taylor (Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area) will compete in the men's 400-meter hurdles, entering the event with the fourth-fastest time in the event. Daniel Anderson (Ozark, Mo./Ozark) will be the lone Hoya competing in the men's 400-meter dash, clocking the sixth-fastest time in the conference.

Jumpers Richard D'Ambrosio (Collegeville, Pa./Malvern Prep) and Kenneth Armstrong (San Dimas, Calif./Damien) will both compete in the long jump and the triple jump. D'Ambrosio has the second-best mark in the conference in the long jump while Armstrong owns the sixth-best mark in both events.

The Georgetown men finished third at the 2014 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships behind six event titles.

The BIG EAST Digital Network is through FOX Sports. To access the Fox Sports Go app on your mobile or tablet you can download it for free from the Fox website (http://www.foxsports.com/foxsportsgo/), iTunes and the App Store. Once you've downloaded the app you will be taken to the Fox Sports Go landing page. To access BIG EAST content simply click on "All Channels" and select the BIG EAST tab. To access the Fox Sports Go website on your desktop you have to confirm your cable subscription. Enter your username and password obtained from your cable provider.

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