Sept. 25, 2015
WASHINGTON - The No. 4 Georgetown women’s cross country team finished in third place today at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown with 134 points. With an abbreviated squad, the Hoyas were third behind BIG EAST foe Providence College (42 points) and Syracuse University (127). Purdue (141) and Libscomb (151) rounded out the top five on the 5,000-meter course held in Boston, Mass.
“I’m really pleased with how we got positioned and the first half of the race,” Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Michael Smith said. “We are looking forward to getting back to practice now that we have a good idea of what is going well and what we need to work on.”
Competing without the full lineup, the Hoyas were led by cross country All-American Samantha Nadel (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore), who turned in an eighth-place performance with a time of 17:11.3. The second point scorer for the Blue & Gray was cross country All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton), who finished 22nd overall (17:29.7) in her first race back as a Hoya since the 2014 cross country season.
A pair of sophomores in Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant) and Autumn Eastman (Hinesburg, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) were the third and fourth finishers for the Hoyas as Donaghu finished 26th (17:35.6) and Eastman finished 32nd (17:41.1).
Heather Martin (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) was the final Hoya point scorer, clocking 17:52.7 for 45th place.
“Our positioning was great,” Smith explained further. “Now that we have the first half down, I really want us to focus on that last mile. We will be looking forward to getting back to the grind and we will have a full lineup at Pre-Nationals.”
Both the men’s and women’s squad will return to competition at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa., on Friday, October 2. The men are currently ranked No. 15 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll.