June 9, 2015
EUGENE, Ore. - The Georgetown University track & field program totals nine student-athletes (6 male, 3 female) who are on the West Coast for the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at historic Hayward Field and hosted by the University of Oregon in Eugene. TrackTown USA plays host to the four-day meet that will be broadcast live on the ESPN family of networks.
With nine athletes at the NCAA Championships, the Hoyas lead the BIG EAST Conference, trailed by Villanova (5), Providence (2), Butler (1), DePaul (1) and Providence (1). Tallying six and three, respectively, the Hoyas also lead the conference in male qualifiers and female qualifiers.
On the men's side, two GU student-athletes are already in the finals of their respective events. In just his first season of outdoor eligibility, Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./St. John's High School) will compete in the men's 10,000-meter finals on Wednesday at 9:43 p.m. ET. Already familiar with historic Hayward Field, it was just shy of one year ago when Green represented Team USA at the World Junior Championships, also held in Eugene.
Following a personal record (PR) of more than 10 seconds at the East prelims, Collin Leibold (Falls Church, Va./Gonzaga) earned a spot in the men's 5,000-meter finals on Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET. While Leibold is focused on his performance on the track, he has also made efforts in his work off the track to start the legwork on his goal of creating a sustainable running group of the Mother of Mercy Girls School, located in Lare, a village in Nakuru County in Kenya, following his final year of eligibility. Leibold will travel to Kenya later this month and is currently collecting running shoes, apparel and helpful wisdom from the women in Eugene competing at the NCAA Championships that he will bring to students in Lare.
Just a freshman and already an All-American and a four-time BIG EAST Champion, Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) will compete in the men's 800-meter semifinals on Wednesday at 8:54 p.m. ET. Competing in a three-heat semi, White is tasked with finishing among the top two in his heat or the next two fastest times to advance to Friday's finals. White ran a PR and USA Track & Field (USATF) Outdoor Championships qualifying time in his last outing in Jacksonville.
A pair of Hoyas will compete in the men's steeplechase semifinals on Wednesday at 7:38 p.m. ET. With Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) and Ryan Gil (Pittsburgh, Pa./Allegheny North) both competing in the second of a two-heat semifinal, the duo continues a three-year tradition of Georgetown sending two student-athletes to the finals site in the steeple. Fahy and Gil will need to finish among the top five in their heat or run one of the next two fastest times to advance to Friday's final.
All-American Cole Williams (San Francisco, Calif./Occidental College) will be the first Hoya to step on the track. Competing in a two-heat semifinal on Wednesday at 7:14 p.m. ET, Williams will look to be among the 12 to advance to the men's 1,5000-meter finals as the top five from each heat plus next two times qualify for Friday's final.
On the women's side, All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) continues a stellar year that started on the muddy courses of the cross country season and has extended to the definitive test of the track season. She competes in the women's 1,500-meter semifinals on Thursday at 7:14 p.m. ET in the second of a two-heat semifinal. The top five from each heat plus the next two fastest times will advance to Saturday's final. Coogan has had success in the event this season, handily winning the BIG EAST Conference title.
All-American Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) is competing in the women's 800-meter semifinals, slated for Thursday at 8:44 p.m. ET. Running in the third heat of a three-heat semifinal, Southerland will look to be among the top two in her heat or one of the two time qualifiers to advance to the eight-person final on Saturday. Southerland, a half mile specialist, has won back-to-back BIG EAST Indoor titles in the event.
Making a triumphant return to Eugene in her final year of eligibility, All-American Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) will compete in the women's 5,000-meter finals on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. A four-time All-American running the gamut with honors in all three seasons of competition, Chambers returns to the outdoor championships with her second attempt in the 5,000m, an event she previously competed in during the 2012 outdoor season.
Live Broadcast Schedule
Wednesday, June 10: ESPNU starting at 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, June 11: ESPNU starting at 7 p.m. ET
Friday, June 12: ESPN starting at 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, June 13: ESPN2 starting at 5 p.m. ET
the entire championships will be streamed live on ESPN3