June 6, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Assistant Track & Field Coach Julie Culley was named the Mid-Atlantic Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year, as announced today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This is Culley’s first coaching accolade from the organization.
Culley, in just her second year on the Hilltop, earns the honor in the midst of an impressive outdoor season that has seen the Hoya women capture two wheels at the 2016 Penn Relays, two event titles at the BIG EAST Championships and the team will send five student-athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., held June 8-11.
“It’s an honor to receive this award on behalf of our entire women’s staff,” Culley said. “We are so proud of the accomplishments of this team and we couldn’t be more excited to watch them compete at NCAAs this weekend and in the remainder of the postseason.”
Culley aided a GU women’s team that won two wheels at the 2016 Penn Relays, a feat not accomplished since 1996. The women won the Championship of America distance medley relay (DMR), becoming just the fourth school in history to complete the DMR double (winning the DMR at the NCAA indoor championship and the Penn Relays in the same year).
The Hoyas successfully defended the 1,500-meter and 4x800-meter titles at the 2016 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships with All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) becoming just the second Hoya in history to repeat as the 1,500-meter champion and the first since Treniere (Clement) Moser did so in 2003 and 2004.
Georgetown has qualified five student-athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship, all in the disciplines that Culley works with, highlighted by an impressive three in the 800-meter run. Of the 12 qualifiers in the 800m from the east preliminary, the Hoyas represent 25 percent with the trio all running 2:03 to advance to the semifinals. Qualifiers Emma Keenan (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy), Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Viersen Germany) and Sarah Schmidt (Viersen, Germany) now own the fifth-, sixth- and seventh-fastest 800-meter times in GU history.
Also qualifying for Eugene is Coogan in the 5,000-meter run and All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton) in the 1,500-meter run.
Going in to the NCAA Track & Field East Prelims, a pair of Hoyas owned times that ranked among the top 15 in the country with Coogan recording the eighth-fastest 5,000m (15:50.51) and Southerland clocking the 15th-fastest 800m (2:03.81).
The Hoyas will compete at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 8-11, held at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
• Culley joins Director of Track & Field / Cross Country Michael Smith as the two on the staff who have earned coaching accolades from USTFCCCA. Smith has previously been named the 2014 USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Cross Country Coach of the Year and the 2015 USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Assistant Coach of the Year (Indoor).