Oct. 28, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown Men's and Women's Cross Country teams will travel to Louisville, Ky., for the BIG EAST Conference Championship on Saturday October 29. Both teams will run the course at the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, with the men's race slated to begin at 11 a.m., and the women's at 11:50 a.m.
The women's team enters the BIG EAST Championship ranked No. 6 in the nation. The BIG EAST Women's Cross Country Championship will host three other top 10 teams in, No. 4 Villanova, No. 7 Providence, and No. 9 Syracuse. The Hoyas will rely on the experience of 2010 All-Americans Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) and Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass/Bromfield), as well as the depth of the squad to post a strong finish. The Blue & Gray finished second at the 2010 BIG EAST Championship, with 42 points (3/6/8/12/13).
Infeld raced to a fifth place finish (20:44) at the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., on October 16. She is a seven-time All-American with two honors coming in cross country as she placed second at the 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships and took eighth in 2009.
Jones finished 19th overall (21:15) at the Pre-National Invitational and fourth in the Harry Groves Invitational at Penn State on September 17.
On the men's side, three BIG EAST teams are nationally ranked in the top 30, in No. 14 Providence, No. 16 Villanova, and No. 29 Notre Dame. Three-time defending champion Syracuse enters the meet unranked. The Blue & Gray finished sixth at the 2010 BIG EAST Championship.
The Hoyas look to graduate student transfer Alex Lundy (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) and senior Mark Dennin (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyerstown) to lead a young squad. Lundy ran to a second-place finish in the season opening Lou Onesty Open on September 9. He has been the first Hoya to the finish line in two out of three races for Georgetown this season.
Dennin finished 41st overall (24:45) at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational two weeks ago. The senior was the fourth Georgetown runner to cross the finish line at the Paul Short Invitational, helping the team to a second place finish.