Georgetown Track & Field Sends 23 Student-Athletes to NCAA East Preliminary Championships

Sarah Cotton (left) will compete in the women's 5,000-meter run while Madeline Perez (right) will compete in the women's 10,000-meter run.

May 27, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Georgetown track & field team arrived in Jacksonville, Fla., for the 2015 NCAA Track & Field Championships - East Preliminary, a three-day meet that starts on Thursday, May 28, and held at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida. The Hoyas tally 23 student-athletes in the Sunshine State (10 women, 13 men) in seven different events.

With five student-athletes entered in the women's 800-meter prelims, Georgetown boasts the third-most entrants in a single event - only seven institutions can say the same from both the men's and women's field. All-American Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) enters the race with the best time among the quintet of Hoyas and the ninth-best time in the East region. Joining Southerland in the six-heat preliminary slated for Thursday at 8:35 p.m. ET will be Emma Keenan (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy), Heather Martin (Manlius, N.Y./Fayettville-Manlius), All-American Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) and All-American Becca DeLoache (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park).

All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) enters the women's 1,500-meter preliminary round with the third-fastest time in the East region this season. The preliminary round is slated for 6 p.m. ET.

The men's 3,000-meter steeplechase is a stacked race for the Blue & Gray with a quartet of Hoyas among the 48-athlete field. Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) enters the preliminary round, slated for Friday at 8:50 p.m. ET, with the sixth-fastest time in the East region. The event is a one-round preliminary with the top three from each heat plus the next three advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships finals site at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Competing with Fahy in the event are Ryan Gil (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny), Matt Howard (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) and Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial).



The men's 1,500-meter prelims feature a trio of Hoyas with All-American Cole Williams (San Francisco, Calif./Occidental College) recording the eighth-fastest time in the East region. The preliminary round is slated for Thursday at 5:30 p.m. ET with All-Americans Amos Bartelsmeyer (St. Louis, Mo./Saint Louis Country Day) and Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) also in the mix.

The men's 800-meter prelims, scheduled for Thursday at 8:10 p.m. ET, feature a duo of Hoyas in All-Americans Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) and Billy Ledder (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga). White is in the midst of an impressive freshman campaign, already earning two All-America honors at the indoor national championship and garnering four BIG EAST titles (2 indoor, 2 outdoor), going undefeated in finals events at the conference championships. Ledder, a veteran on the Hilltop, is looking to cap his illustrious career on the Hilltop with a first-ever appearance at NCAA Outdoor Championships finals site.

Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John's High School) is entered in the men's 10,000-meter first round, scheduled for Thursday at 9 p.m. ET. Green owns the eighth-fastest time in the East region with the top 12 from the heat headed to Eugene.

Sarah Cotton (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand), Haley Pierce (Wilmington, Del./Tatnall School) and All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) will compete in the women's 5,000-meter first round set for Saturday at 8:45 p.m. ET. The top five from each heat plus the next two fastest times will make up the 12 to advance to Eugene.

The trio of Collin Leibold (Fall Church, Va./Gonzaga), John Murray (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) and Stephen Kersh (Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia Prep/University of Portland) will all compete in the men's 5,000-meter first round, scheduled for Saturday at 8:05 p.m. ET, with the top five from each heat and the next two fastest times advancing to Eugene.

Madeline Perez (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) will compete in the women's 10,000-meter first round, slated for Thursday at 9:40 p.m. ET.

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