Aug. 28, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's cross country team enters the 2014 season ranked No. 5 in the nation, while the Hoya men's team is ranked No. 29 in the preseason coaches' poll released by the U.S. Track & Field and Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The national poll ranked the Georgetown women fifth in the country with 311 points, behind Michigan (342), Oregon (330), Florida State (316) and Stanford (314). In the Mid-Atlantic region, the Blue & Gray took the top spot in a region that boasts conference foe Villanova, tabbed second in the region.
The Hoyas return several key members from last year's team, a squad that finished fifth at the 2013 NCAA Championships. The Hoyas will be led by Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Philips Exeter Academy), Madeleine Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat), Samantha Nadel (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore), Hailey Pierce (Wilmington, Del./Tatnall School), Annamarie Maag (Lake Oswego, Ore./Jesuit) and Rachel Paul (Farmingville, N.Y./Sachem East).
"Coogan's breakthrough in the 5,000m during track season says she can be one of the best distance runners in the country," Head Women's Cross country Coach Michael Smith said. "We can expect our All-American Chambers to lead us as well. Juniors Nadel, Pierce and Paul are ready to make huge contributions to our program. We can finish higher than our ranking."
On the men's side, the Hoyas were ranked 29th nationally, receiving 35 points. Regionally GU was tabbed third. Georgetown returns Collin Leibold (Falls Church, Va./Gonzaga), Brian King (Sonoma, Calif./Cardinal Newman), as Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon), John Murray (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury), John Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John's High School) and Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale).
"We could not be more excited about this upcoming cross country season," Men's Distance Coach Brandon Bonsey said. "The guys came back to campus fit and ready to work hard and we can't wait to get out there and race."
The Georgetown cross country program opens the season on September 13 when it travels to State College, Pa., to participate in the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational.