Oct. 22, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's cross country team reclaimed a spot among the top 30 in the final regular season U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll. As the men emerge as the No. 16 team in the country following a successful weekend at the 2014 Indiana State University Pre-National Meet, the women continue to close the gap to the top as they improve from No. 4 previously to No. 2 this week.
The men's team was tabbed No. 29 in the preseason but went the majority of the regular season unranked before surging back into the rankings following a third-place performance at Pre-Nationals. The team executed a nearly perfect pack-running strategy at the Pre-National Meet and secured a less-than-10-second spread among its five point scorers with All-American Ahmed Bile (Annandale, Va./Annandale) leading the way for the Blue & Gray.
"Saturday was a great day for Georgetown cross country," Men's Distance Coach Brandon Bonsey said. "The women again showed that they are in position to win their second NCAA title in four years and the men proved that they are back to being one the of the best programs in the country, and now the latest polls reflect this. Both teams are extremely excited for the BIG EAST Championships in two weeks."
The men also move up one spot in the Mid-Atlantic Region to the second spot, just behind BIG EAST foe, No. 7 Villanova. Showcasing the strength of the BIG EAST Conference, Georgetown is one of three BE institutions in the rankings as the Providence Friars join the `Cats and the Hoyas at No. 17 in the national polls.
The women's team also had a successful weekend, winning the Pre-National Meet for the second-straight year. A different race plan than the men's team, the women capitalized on a third-place showing from All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) en route to scoring 110 points in the race to catapult the team ahead of the likes of then-No. 3 Oregon (139) and then-No. 4 Michigan (143). The Hoya women, tabbed second in the country, tallied one first-place vote along with the Ducks of Oregon. Big Ten powerhouse Michigan State moved up to the top spot this week with 10 first-place votes.
"We believe that rankings are just rankings," Head Women's Cross Country Coach Michael Smith said. "There are several great teams that are well prepared and well coached. We think we are one of the best teams in the country and the rankings show that. We are looking forward to solidifying our lineup and our training in the coming weeks."
The women of the Blue & Gray and Villanova (No. 24) are the two BIG EAST schools to make an appearance in the final regular season women's poll.
A BIG EAST Conference institution has claimed the NCAA Women's Cross Country title in four of the last five years with Providence winning the title in 2013, Georgetown in 2011 and Villanova with back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010.
Georgetown returns to action on Friday, October 31 at the BIG EAST Cross Country Championships, hosted by Butler University at Northview Church in Indianapolis, Ind.